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

Tonopah

 
 
Tonopah Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mh, May 5, 2011
1. Tonopah Marker
Inscription.  To Jim Butler, District Attorney of Nye County, goes the credit for making the ore discoveries which ended the twenty-year slump in Nevada's economy. Migratory Indian bands originally applied the name Tonopah to a small spring in the nearby San Antonio Mountains, long before Butler camped in this area in May of 1900. Tonopah became the richest silver producer in the nation and replaced Belmont as the county seat in 1905. The mines spawned a railroad, several huge mills and a busting population of approximately 10,000.

The mines faltered in the 'Twenties', but Tonopah has achieved permanent fame because of the prominent financial and political leaders it produced. Many camps and communities followed in the wake of Tonopah's boom. Most of which have become ghost towns.
 
Erected by Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1900.
 
Location. 38° 4.02′ N, 117° 13.746′ W. Marker is in Tonopah, Nevada
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, in Nye County. Marker is at the intersection of Erie Street (U.S. 95) and Florence Avenue, on the right on Erie Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tonopah NV 89049, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Big" Bill Murphy (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belmont Mine Fire Mural (about 500 feet away); Mizpah Hotel (about 700 feet away); Suffrage Leader (about 700 feet away); County Court House (about 700 feet away); Silver Top Mine (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Miner's Life (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mine To Market (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tonopah.
 
Also see . . .  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 the marker for grammar and readability. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Tonopah Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mh, May 5, 2011
2. Tonopah Marker
Looking North Up U.S. 95 (Erie Street) in Central Tonopah image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mh, May 5, 2011
3. Looking North Up U.S. 95 (Erie Street) in Central Tonopah
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2011, by Mh of Las Vegas, Nevada. This page has been viewed 632 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 15, 2011, by Mh of Las Vegas, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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