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Near Nelson in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

El Dorado Canyon

 
 
El Dorado Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
1. El Dorado Canyon Marker
Inscription. Toward the Colorado River from this point runs El Dorado Canyon where occurred one of the biggest mining booms in Nevada history. Gold and Silver mines were developed here about 1859 and soon rich mines were developed. In the 1860's the canyon was bursting with a rowdy population of nearly 500 men. Many of these said to be deserters from the Civil War.

The river was navigable at the time making it possible to bring in food and supplies by boat.

Notorious for its feuds and shootings, the canyon was equally well known for its three largest mines, the Techatticup, Wall Street and Savage which yielded five million dollars during 40 years of operations.
 
Erected by Nevada Centennial Committee. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Location. 35° 42.581′ N, 114° 48.203′ W. Marker is near Nelson, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Nevada Route 165 12.9 miles east of U.S. 95, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Searchlight NV 89046, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Techatticup Mine (here, next to this marker); Queho's Cave (within shouting distance
El Dorado Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
2. El Dorado Canyon Marker
Techatticup Mine marker is on left and El Dorado Canyon marker is on right in photo.
of this marker); a different marker also named El Dorado Canyon (approx. 1.3 miles away); Deadly Flash Flood (approx. 5.2 miles away); Eldorado Canyon (approx. 11.1 miles away); a different marker also named Eldorado Canyon (approx. 11.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This is the original concrete marker that was at the intersection of Nevada Route 165 and US Route 95. The marker was severely damaged when US 95 was widened to four lanes. Tony and Bobbie Werly, owners of the Historic Techatticup Mine, salvaged the marker and through their efforts had a replacement marker constructed.

However, by the time the new concrete marker was completed the State of Nevada had determined to use metal markers along roadways. The residents of Nelson decided to set up the new marker at the edge of town just prior to the entrance to El Dorado Canyon.

See Nearby Marker El Dorado Canyon for additional information and location of the replacement concrete marker and Eldorado Canyon marker for additional information and location of the newer metal replacement marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Eldorado Canyon – Lawlessness on the Colorado River
Historic Eldorado Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
3. Historic Eldorado Canyon
El Dorado Canyon Marker is on far right.
. Many of prospectors in the area were reportedly Civil War deserters and disagreements and gunfights over gold and women became commonplace. Greed, claim jumping and vigilante justice fueled the fire. (Submitted on April 1, 2010.) 

2. The Ghost Town of Nelson, Nevada. This was one of the first major gold strike areas in Nevada. The wharf area by the Colorado River was destroyed several years ago during a flash flood. (Submitted on April 1, 2010.) 
 
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El Dorado Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
4. El Dorado Canyon
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,072 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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