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

Goodsprings Mining District 1856 - 1957

 
 
Goodsprings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
1. Goodsprings Marker
Inscription. Ore deposits readily recognized in the faulted and folded limestone deposits of this district remained unworked until 1856, when the Mormons developed a single lead mine at Potosi—probably the oldest lode mine in Nevada.

Named for cattleman Joseph Good, the open springs area was developed into the mining-ranching community of Goodsprings by A.G. Campbell.

With completion of the Los Angeles-Salt Lake Railroad in 1905 and the narrow-gauge Yellow Pine Railroad from Jean to Goodsprings in 1911, transportation costs of the oxidized zinc minerals were reduced. The peak year of operations was reached in 1916, and Goodsprings then had 800 residents.

This district, with the greatest variety of valuable minerals in Nevada, produced a total of $25 million primarily in lead and zinc, with lesser amounts of gold, silver, copper, molybdenum, vanadium, nickel, cobalt, platinum, palladium and uranium.
 
Erected 1970 by Nevada State Park System and Southern Nevada Historical Society. (Marker Number 102.)
 
Location. 35° 49.935′ N, 115° 26.058′ W. Marker is in Goodsprings, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Spring Street 0.1 miles west of Vegas Street, on the left when traveling west
Marker along road. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
2. Marker along road.
. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jean NV 89019, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Good's Spring (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pioneer Saloon (about 700 feet away); Old Elko Fire Bell (approx. 7 miles away); Jean, Nevada (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Last Spike (approx. 8.3 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named The Last Spike (approx. 9 miles away); Old Spanish Trail (approx. 11.5 miles away); a different marker also named The Old Spanish Trail (approx. 13.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Goodsprings.
 
Also see . . .
1. Yellow Pine Railroad. (Submitted on June 26, 2007.)
2. 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 this marker for grammar and readability. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Goodsprings Mining District 1856 - 1957 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 28, 2010
3. Goodsprings Mining District 1856 - 1957 Marker
 
 
Additional keywords. San Pedro, Los Angeles Salt Lake Railroad Company, the Salt Lake Route.
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
Remnants of Yellow Pine ore mill. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
4. Remnants of Yellow Pine ore mill.
Abandoned miner's shack. image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
5. Abandoned miner's shack.
1911 Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
6. 1911 Post Office
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,630 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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