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Near Ely in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Hamilton

 
 
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By Karen Key, November 23, 2008
1. Hamilton Marker
Inscription. The mines of the White Pine District were first discovered in 1865 and supported many thriving towns during the period 1868-1875. The most famous of these early towns was Hamilton, but there were others adjacent, such as Eberhardt, Treasure City and Sherman Town. These communities, now all ghost towns, lay in a cluster 11 miles south of this point.

Hamilton, and its nearby cities, were established as a result of large-scale silver discoveries in 1868. Experiencing one of the most intense, but shortest lived, silver stampedes ever recorded, the years 1868-1869 saw some 10,000 people establish themselves in huts and caves on Treasure Hill at Mount Hamilton, at an elevation of from 8,000 to 10,500 feet above sea level.

The city was incorporated in 1869, and became the first county seat of White Pine County that same year, and was disincorporated in 1875. In this brief span of time, a full-sized town came into bloom with a main street and all the usual businesses. A fine brick courthouse was constructed in 1870.

On June 27, 1873, the main portion of the town was destroyed by fire. The town never fully recovered. In 1885, another fire caused the removal of the White Pine county seat to Ely.

State Historical Marker No. 53
Nevada State Park System
White Pine Public Museum, Inc.

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Hamilton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, November 23, 2008
2. Hamilton Marker

 
Erected 1969 by Nevada State Park System and White Pine Public Museum, Inc. (Marker Number 53.)
 
Location. 39° 21.217′ N, 115° 23.667′ W. Marker is near Ely, Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker is on Highway 50. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ely NV 89301, United States of America.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ghost Towns - Hamilton. (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
2. "History of Masonry in Nevada" by C. W. Torrence. Chapter XI
Hamilton White Pine Lodge No. 14 (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.) 

3. New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to the marker for grammar and readability. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Hamilton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
3. Hamilton Marker
View west from marker on US-50.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 589 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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