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Tonopah in Nye County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

“Big” Bill Murphy

 
 
"Big" Bill Murphy Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Chris English, August 25, 2012
1. "Big" Bill Murphy Marker
Inscription. This statue depicts Big Bill Murphy, hero of the tragic Tonopah Belmont Mine fire that killed 17 miners on February 23, 1911. Murphy went down in the mine cage a number of times to bring up stricken miners.
On the last trip he did not return.

Statue designed and built by Adam Skiles. Dedicated May 28th, 2005
 
Erected 2005.
 
Location. 38° 4.052′ N, 117° 13.839′ W. Marker is in Tonopah, Nevada, in Nye County. Marker is at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Highway (U.S. 6) and Bryan Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Veterans Memorial Highway. Click for map. Sculpture is located in front of the post office. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Main Street, Tonopah NV 89049, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Belmont Mine Fire Mural (a few steps from this marker); Mizpah Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Tonopah (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jim and Belle Butler (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Leasers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stopes
"Big" Bill Murphy Marker, Memorial Sculpture and Mural Photo, Click for full size
By Chris English, August 25, 2012
2. "Big" Bill Murphy Marker, Memorial Sculpture and Mural
A mural is located across the street, NW of the sculpture.
See "Nearby Marker".
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Mizpah Mine Powder Magazine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Verdi Lumber Company Coal Bin (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tonopah.
 
More about this marker. This marker is one of a series of sculptural monuments in Tonopah created by Adam Skiles.
 
Categories. DisastersIndustry & CommerceNatural Resources
 
"Big" Bill Murphy's Headstone Photo, Click for full size
By Lester J Letson, September 20, 2012
3. "Big" Bill Murphy's Headstone
Big Bill's headstone at the Old Tonopah Cemetery. The cemetery was closed in 1911 soon after the interment of the miners killed in the disaster and a new cemetery was opened down the road.
"Big" Bill Murphy Sculpture Photo, Click for full size
By Lester J Letson, September 20, 2012
4. "Big" Bill Murphy Sculpture
 
 
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