Manhattan

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Most of the Nevada mining camps that are written about on this website were small and short-lived. It can be tough to find much information on them. You can find books from a few authors like Hall, Paher and Patera. You can also find a few websites like NVExpeditions, Ray Dunakin, Forgotten Nevada and NVTami. But beyond that, it gets tough to find further information. That's why I am also writing about them on this website. With that said, towns like Austin, Battle Mountain, Beatty, Belmont, Caliente, Dayton, Elko, Eureka, Goldfield, Pioche, Manhattan, Tonopah and Virginia City (Comstock/ Gold Hill & Silver City) are NOT those camps. These places were massive mining towns with expansive and long-spanning mining histories. Each of these towns had populations in the thousands. A simple internet search will reveal a long list of websites that have written about these places. These towns are also still populated to this day. From a couple dozen in Belmont, to 2,500 in Tonopah, and 15,000 in Dayton. Therefore, I am not going to re-write the same history that can already be found in great detail on the internet. I am going to post extensive historical photographs for each of these towns though. Each one of these towns also has its own Nevada historical marker from the Nevada- State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Each one of these towns will have their historical quote posted to its page.

Also see the following pages: Breyfogle, Central, East Manhattan, Mt. Moriah Cemetery; White Caps

Nevada Historical Marker #97- Manhattan- The Pine Tree Camp:
"The Manhattan Mining District east of here, was first organized in 1867. The place name persisted in local use, and was adopted in 1905 when John Humphrey found gold at the foot of April Fool Hill near the old stage route. A typical boom followed. A post office was started late in 1905 and the camp soon had telegraph, telephone, utilities and businesses. Transport was to Tonopah and the railroad to Sodaville. The 1906 earthquake halted Mining investment. As a result, most of the productive work here was done by lessees. The gold strikes were in ore and placer, and by 1909, there were 13 mines and 16 placers. Some of the operations were the big four, Litigation Hill Merger, Stray Dog, September Fraction and White Caps. Hydraulic placering started in 1909. In 1938, dredging began, continuing for years. Over $10,000,000 was produced. Manhattan was always a good camp."