Turn of the Century Boom Town
Belmont's mines enjoyed a limited revival between 1914 and 1922, but
prosperity was short-lived. Throughout the twentieth century, Belmont
dwindled to near abandonment.
WELCOME TO . . .
Charcoal Kilns, Buildings Remain . . .
By 1876, the population was more than one thousand. A series of fifteen
charcoal kilns were built in nearby canyons to help in the smelting process.
Mining slowed and by 1881, only one hundred people were left . . .
"In the News" . . . Literally!
Despite a constant and violent problem with claim jumping, the town
continued to thrive. As a testament to the value of the mines, the local
newspaper printed a headline with ink mixed with gold worth $80,000 a ton.
New Century, New Town
This was one of the few places in Nevada where substantial hydraulic mining
took place, accounting for a significant percentage of gold production
Mining into the 21st Century
more than 1000, seventy-five frame buildings, and two newspapersmore than
1000, seventy-five frame buildings, and two newspapers
Jefferson and the New York Giants?
Little else happened there after 1879 until Charles Stoneham, owner of the
New York Giants, bought all the mines in 1917. Stoneham built a mill, and
Jefferson enjoyed a revival until 1919.
Silver and Mercury in the Shoshones
Ione experienced numerous swings in fortune over the years, but never
reclaimed its early prominence. Mercury mining sustained the town during the
Hamilton and Treasure Hill
Several communities came into existence in answer to the influx of fortune
seekers, but Hamilton, founded in 1868, was the most significant. The
well-situated town acted as a commercial hub for the mining district. By 1869,
estimates placed its population as high as ten thousand people.
The Last Gold Rush in the West
In those days, Goldfield consisted of a mere handful of tents. Inside four to
20,000 people.to 20,000 people.
A Prelude to the Goldfield Discovery
Delamar became notorious in Nevada mining lore because of the
experience with "Delamar dust," the thin white powder that flew into the
underground air when miners drilled . . .
Hearst Invested in Early Mines
Sometime between 1869 and 1873, the company replaced its "turbulent and
riotous" Cornish and Welsh workers with Chinese immigrants. In 1886,
Wenban built a new mill with state-of-the-art Russell leaching technology.
A Transportation Hub
By 1882, new ore discoveries had again made Cherry Creek a bustling town.
Some estimate the population was as high 6,000, with 1,800 being
Modern Home of Ancient Ichthyosaur
300 by 1905..300 by 1905..
and the Reese River Mining District
Austin became the seat of Lander County.Austin became the seat of Lander
Mark Twain Slept Here
Samuel Clemens, who would later become known as Mark Twain, arrived in
Aurora in 1862, but spent only four months there before leaving for Virginia
City. The town continued to grow after Clemens departed.