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Goldfield in Esmeralda County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Where’s Gran Pah?

 
 
Where’s Gran Pah? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, March 31, 2018
1. Where’s Gran Pah? Marker
Inscription. If you're looking for Grandpa you found him – about 26 miles south of Tonopah on US 95 – where you're standing right now.

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.”
Pah – likely derived from the Shoshone word “baa” meaning “water.”
 
Erected by Goldfield Historical Society.
 
Location.
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By Douglass Halvorsen, March 31, 2018
2. Where’s Gran Pah? Marker
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.
 
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.
 
Also see . . .  Goldfield Historical Society. Read additional history on Goldfield. (Submitted on April 10, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Goldfield Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, March 31, 2018
3. Goldfield Visitor Center
Marker is next to the Goldfield Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. 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.
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