Goldfield in Esmeralda County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Where’s Gran Pah?
Gran Pah, in Shoshone, means “great water,” and was the first name given to the mining district founded by two native Nevadans who staked three claims – the Sandstorm, May Queen and Kruger – on the ridge of Columbia Mountain in 1902.
Harry Stimler and William Marsh were sent out to stake mining claims for Jim Butler and Tom Kendall. Butler and Kendall originally paid Thomas Fisherman $10 to stake the claim after he showed them a specimen of ore, however Fisherman drank up the money and all they could get from him was that the specimen came from an area 30 miles south of Tonopah. The Tonopah district was booming with miners who found more silver than gold. Stimler and Marsh, at Gran Pah, staked claims where the ratio of gold to silver turned out to be three ounces of gold to every one ounce of silver. Gran Pah would be aptly renamed Goldfield on October 20, 1903.
Gran – Spanish for “grand” meaning “large.”
Erected by Goldfield Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is October 20, 1903.
Location. 37° 42.566′ N, 117° 14.263′ W. Marker is in Goldfield, Nevada, in Esmeralda County. Marker is on Veterans Memorial Hwy (U.S. 95), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goldfield NV 89013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Goldfield’s Railroads (here, next to this marker); Goldfield (a few steps from this marker); Southern Nevada Consolidated Telephone-Telegraph Company Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Side Elementary School (approx. 0.2 miles away); California Beer Hall Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Goldfield Community Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Gans Vs. Nelson (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Goldfield (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goldfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.