Near Ely in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
During the rush to Virginia City mines in 1859 and 1860, it became necessary for the army to send troops to this point to protect the personnel of that western pilgrimage.
Silver ore was discovered in the mountains immediately to the east of Schellbourne in the early 1870's, and it became part of the Aurum Mining District in 1871. An active mining camp developed, with a population of over 500 persons. By 1885, the ore had been mostly depleted and the camp abandoned. The district and adjacent valley were then acquired by "Uncle Billy" Burke as a ranch. Schellbourne has operated as the headquarters for various ranches since that time.
Erected by Nevada State Park System, White Pine Public Museum. (Marker Number 51.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail
Location. 39° 47.836′ N, 114° 44.462′ W. Marker is near Ely, Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker is on U.S. 93 at milepost 93, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ely NV 89301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schellbourne: Gateway to the Goshute Nation ( here, next to this marker); The Lincoln Highway ( here, next to this marker); The Pony Express ( a few steps from this marker); The Crowds Cheered On ... ( within shouting distance of this marker); Speedy Riders ( within shouting distance of this marker).
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