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Belmont in Nye County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Belmont

 
 
Belmont Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 20, 2009
1. Belmont Marker
Inscription. Once visited by prehistoric man, Shoshone Indians also used this site for jackrabbit drives and for celebrations.

Silver ore discoveries in 1865, the convenience of wood and water and a naturally fine location resulted in the attractive tree-shaded, mining and milling center of Belmont. Once the most flourishing town in eastern Nevada, it was the county seat from 1867-1905.

English-Irish feuds flared frequently and the German-dominated merchant section of town once flew its own flag.

Silver production totaling $4 million was from unusually high grade but shallow ores. Most mines shut down by 1890.
 
Erected 1971 by Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 138.)
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 35.779′ N, 116° 52.555′ W. Marker was in Belmont, Nevada, in Nye County. Marker could be reached from Cedar Street 0.1 miles west of Main Street (Nevada Route 82), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker was located in front of the historic Nye County Courthouse. Marker was in this post office area: Manhattan NV 89022, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this location
Marker in Front of the Historic Nye County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 20, 2009
2. Marker in Front of the Historic Nye County Courthouse
. Lady Guardian of Old Belmont (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Also see . . .  Friends of the Belmont Courthouse. Includes a history and photographs of Belmont and detailed information on the courthouse. (Submitted on July 28, 2015.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Replacement Marker
The marker was removed some time around 2010 and replaced with a new marker that is located 300 feet southeast of the original marker. The text on the replacement marker has been modified from the original and reads:

Belmont sits at an elevation of 7400 feet. A spring flowing year round made this a gathering site of the Shoshone Indians for rabbit drives and celebrations.

In 1865, silver ore discoveries led to the development of an attractive tree-shaded mercantile community. East Belmont became the mining and milling center. A wide range of nationalities worked the mines, operated businesses, and provided services. At its height, Belmont had schools, churches, a post office, and a newspaper as well as a Chinatown, a red light district, and a racetrack. The town was the Nye County seat from 1867 to 1905, and a courthouse survives from this period.

Belmont had a reputation as a rowdy town. Incidents of saloon brawls, vigilante
Historic Nye County Courthouse in Belmont image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 20, 2009
3. Historic Nye County Courthouse in Belmont
actions, shootings, hangings, and feuds made the town notorious. Well known Nevadans such as Jack Longstreet, Tasker Oddie, Jim Butler, and Andrew Maute all participated in local early history.

Silver production totaling four million dollars was from high grade but shallow ore. By 1890, most mines ceased to be profitable and were forced to shut down. Belmont’s population dwindled as most residents left for new discoveries in nearby mining towns.
    — Submitted July 28, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

 
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View of Southern Entrance into Belmont image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 20, 2009
4. View of Southern Entrance into Belmont
Photo taken from the rear side of the courthouse
The Replacement Marker for Belmont image. Click for full size.
By By Famartin (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons, July 30, 2014
5. The Replacement Marker for Belmont
Marker is located 300 feet southeast of the original marker's location
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 125 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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