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

Osceola

1872-1940

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
1. Osceola Marker
Inscription. Osceola, most famous of the White Pine County gold producers, was probably the longest-lived placer camp in Nevada.

The gold-bearing quartz belt found in 1872 was 12 miles long by 7 miles wide. Placer gold was found in 1877 in a deep ravine indenting the area. Miners first used the simple process of the common “49” rocker. Hydraulic monitors later were used to mine the gold from the 10 to 200 thick gravel beds. One gold nugget found was valued at $6,000.

Osceola was a good business town because of its location near the cattle and grain ranches and gardens in the Spring and Snake Valleys.

Famous district mines were: the Cumberland, Osceola, Crescent and Eagle, Verde, Stem-Winder, Guilded Age, Grandfather Snide, Red Monster and the Saturday Night.

The camp produced nearly $5 million primarily in gold, with some silver, lead and tungsten. Intermittent mining continues.
 
Erected by Nevada State Park System, White Pine Museum, Inc. (Marker Number 98.)
 
Location. 39° 4.28′ N, 114° 26.971′ W. Marker is near Ely, Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker is on U.S. 6 at milepost 72.7, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office
Osceola Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
2. Osceola Marker
area: Ely NV 89315, United States of America.
 
Also see . . .  Osceola - Nevada Ghost Town. Osceola received national attention when the largest gold nugget ever discovered in Nevada and valued at $6,000 was found in May 1877. (Submitted on October 19, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 
 
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Osceola Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
3. Osceola Marker
View north from marker. The town of Osceola is about 4.5 miles east on the dirt road going into the mountains.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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