“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tonopah in Nye County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Teamsters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, 2014
1. Teamsters Marker
Inscription. Once the ore was mined and sacked, it had to be hauled to the railroad. That task was entrusted to the Teamsters, so called because they drove teams of mules, horses or both. Each Teamster was assisted by a Swamper, who watered and fed the team at each stop on the 60 mile trip to the railhead at Sodaville. The receipt (right) shows that it was a 5 day trip for a team with a 100 sacks of ore weighing over five tons.

(Photo Captions)

A Horse-Powered Whim Hoist.
is pictured in the foreground. In the distance, the teamster (mounted), swamper (next to wagon), and big team stand ready to take on a load of ore.

Long-Line Hitch or Big Teams:
Large freight wagons, often hitched together, could hold up to ten tons and were pulled by teams of 16, 18, 20 or more animals.
Above:A long-line hitch prepares to load up for the trip to the railhead in 1906. Can you spot where this photo was taken?
Erected by Tonopah Historic Mining Park.
Location. 38° 4.212′ N, 117° 13.778′ W. Marker is in Tonopah, Nevada, in Nye County. Marker can be reached from 110 Burro Avenue. Click for map. The GPS coordinates are for the Tonopah Mining Park in general. They will not take you directly to the marker. If you are going all the way to Tonopah to see this marker, you might as well walk around and see all the rest too. Marker is in this post office area: Tonopah NV 89049, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Leasers (here, next to this marker); Stopes (here, next to this marker); Mizpah Mine Powder Magazine (here, next to this marker); Verdi Lumber Company Coal Bin (here, next to this marker); Undiscovered Silver Vein (here, next to this marker); Framing Building (here, next to this marker); Into the Depths (within shouting distance of this marker); Jim and Belle Butler (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Tonopah.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 43 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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