Near Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
In 1861 California mining interests reopened the mine, and a smelter and rock cabins of 100 busy miners made up the mining camp of Potosi. Even more extensive operations resulted after the transcontinental Salt Lake and San Pedro R.R. (now Union Pacific) was built through the county in 1905.
During World War I, Potosi was an important source of zinc.
Erected by State Historic Preservation Office. (Marker Number 115.)
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 36° 0.062′ N, 115° 29.125′ W. Marker was near Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker was at the intersection of Nevada Route 160 at milepost 19 and Mt. Potosi Canyon Road, on the left when traveling west on State Route 160. Click for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 12006 Nevada 160, Las Vegas NV 89124, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Old Spanish Trail (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Old Spanish Trail (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Old Spanish Trail (approx. 5.4 miles away); Goodsprings Mining District 1856 - 1957 (approx. 12 miles away); The Pioneer Saloon (approx. 12 miles away); Good's Spring (approx. 12.1 miles away); The Last Spike (approx. 16.5 miles away but has been reported missing).
Also see . . .
1. Potosi - Ghost Town. Lead ore deposits were found high upon a cliff by prospecting Mormons living at the mission at Las Vegas in 1856. (Submitted on April 2, 2010.)
2. Potosi - First Abandoned Mine in Nevada. (Submitted on April 2, 2010.)
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