Archive for 'Ghost Towns'

Rhyolite’s Last Supper

Rhyolite’s Last Supper

The centerpiece of the Goldwell Open Air Museum is The Last Supper, created by Belgian artist Albert Szukalski (1945 – 2000) in 1984.

Tuscarora

Tuscarora

As prospectors dispersed from Austin in 1867 they discovered rich placer sands in a place that one of the miners named Tuscarora to honor the Union gunboat on which he had served.

Palisade

Palisade

Beyond its burial grounds, there is little left of this mining and railroading settlement along the Humboldt River.

St. Thomas

St. Thomas

Brigham Young sent settlers out from Utah in 1865 to establish a Mormon colony at the meeting of the Muddy and the Virgin Rivers. In 1938, when the waters of Lake Mead began rising behind the recently completed Hoover Dam, the town of 500 had to be abandoned.

Ruby Hill

Ruby Hill

Discovered in 1869, the rich veins of silver and gold at Ruby Hill soon attracted enough miners to grow a rough camp into a real town.

Hamilton

Hamilton

Once the center of a mining district of 25,000 people, Hamilton now sits deserted ten miles off Hwy. 50 in White Pine County, between Eureka and Ely.

Osceola

Osceola

The cemetery, overlooking Spring Valley, is nearly all that remains of the placer mining town of Osceola, located near Great Basin National Park on the western slopes of Mt. Wheeler at 7,500 feet.

Sutro Tunnel

Sutro Tunnel

When gushing hot water threatened the production of the ever-deepening Virginia City mines, bonanza-era entrepreneur Adolph Sutro offered an audacious solution. He would build a tunnel from Dayton up to the Comstock’s mines.

Goldfield Hotel

Goldfield Hotel

The Goldfield Hotel opened its doors in 1908, just a couple of years before the town’s mining boom was over. It was called in its day “the gem of the desert.”

Berlin Stamp Mill

Berlin Stamp Mill

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is at 7,000 feet on the western slope of central Nevada’s Shoshone mountain range. Berlin saw its heyday in 1908, diminishing to nothing by 1911. The total production of the Berlin mine was estimated to have been $849,000.


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