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Nye County

AKA:  Millville

Silver was discovered in the mid 1860’s (likely 1865 or 1866). Further discoveries were made in 1871, and production in the area was underway. More discoveries were made in 1873. Ten-stamp mills were built at both the Prussian and Jefferson mines. By 1874, Jefferson was becoming a solid camp. The Post Office officially opened in October. There were many other businesses, to include a Wells Fargo office, saloons, restaurants, store and hotel. Peak population reached approximately 800 residents between 1875 and 1876. By 1878, the mines had slowed substantially. By 1879, Jefferson was nearly a ghost town. By 1880, only a handful of residents still remained in the Jefferson area. There were a few other attempts at revival through the early 1930's, but nothing substantial ever came from them. If this area interests you, see the page for Meadow Canyon (Nye County). It speaks about the Jefferson to Belmont toll road via Meadow Canyon. That is a very beautiful area. Today, I would NOT attempt to take the Jefferson to Belmont toll road in a regular vehicle. I would highly consider your own skills if attempting to take it on a quad.

Post Office:  October 22, 1874 to January 29, 1879; January 24, 1883 to January 21, 1884; March 6, 1885 to June 21, 1886; June 30, 1890 to August 13, 1890

Last Trip/ Road Conditions:  July 2017. We took the bumpier route up through the creek bottom. The road was pretty good, with the exception of that area. I've heard that the other road is much better, but I can't vouch for that. The ride on quads to the top of the Jefferson, Prussian and Keokuk mines give a view of not only the entire town of Jefferson, but also the entire Round Mountain area of the Big Smoky Valley. I'm a very big fan of Jefferson.