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Goldfield in Esmeralda County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Gold Point

 
 
Gold Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Bigglestone, August 10, 2010
1. Gold Point Marker
Inscription. Gold Point was initially called Lime Point for the lime deposits found in 1868. Processing difficulties in the 1880ís discouraged silver mining locally.

Goldfield Ore discoveries in 1902 stimulated area mining interest and high grade hornsilver was discovered here in 1908. The name was changed to Hornsilver & a typical mining camp development occurred. A newspaper, postoffice, stores and saloons began operations, and a town of over 225 wood-frame buildings, tents, and shacks appeared.

The camp assumed the name Gold Point after 1930 when more gold was being mined than silver. Miners were drawn away to essential World War II industries in October 1942, and major mining efforts ceased at Gold Point.
 
Erected by Nevada State Park System, E.F. Denton. (Marker Number 156.)
 
Location. 37° 26.264′ N, 117° 17.093′ W. Marker is in Goldfield, Nevada, in Esmeralda County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 266 and State Highway 71 (State Route 774), on the right when traveling west on State Highway 266. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goldfield NV 89013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 8 miles of this marker, measured
Gold Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Bigglestone, August 10, 2010
2. Gold Point Marker
One of many stops on the 3400-mile road trip I brought my boys on this summer.
as the crow flies. A different marker also named Gold Point (approx. 7.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Gold Point. The ghost town of Gold Point is located 7 miles south on State Highway 71. See "Nearby Marker" for information, photos and "Also See" links.
 
Also see . . .  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 reference to high grade hornsilver has been changed to "high grade chlorargyrite, a form of silver chloride known as hornsilver." 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. Natural ResourcesSettlements & Settlers
 
Gold Point features image. Click for full size.
By Erik Bigglestone, August 10, 2010
3. Gold Point features
This apparently abandoned corral is located some distance behind the marker. We did not go to see it up close.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Erik Bigglestone of Contra Costa County, California. This page has been viewed 605 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Erik Bigglestone of Contra Costa County, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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