Near Nelson in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
El Dorado Canyon
The river was navigable at the time making it possible to bring in food and supplies by boat.
Notorious for its feuds and shootings, the canyon was equally well known for its three largest mines, the Techatticup, Wall Street and Savage which yielded five million dollars during 40 years of operations.
Erected by Nevada Centennial Committee. (Marker Number 6.)
Location. 35° 42.581′ N, 114° 48.203′ W. Marker is near Nelson, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Nevada Route 165 12.9 miles east of U.S. 95, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Searchlight NV 89046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Techatticup Mine (here, next to this marker); Queho's Cave (within shouting distance of El Dorado Canyon (approx. 1.3 miles away); Deadly Flash Flood (approx. 5.2 miles away); Eldorado Canyon (approx. 11.1 miles away); a different marker also named Eldorado Canyon (approx. 11.1 miles away); Taming the Colorado (approx. 15.9 miles away in Arizona).
More about this marker. This is the original concrete marker that was at the intersection of Nevada Route 165 and US Route 95. The marker was severely damaged when US 95 was widened to four lanes. Tony and Bobbie Werly, owners of the Historic Techatticup Mine, salvaged the marker and through their efforts had a replacement marker constructed.
However, by the time the new concrete marker was completed the State of Nevada had determined to use metal markers along roadways. The residents of Nelson decided to set up the new marker at the edge of town just prior to the entrance to El Dorado Canyon.
See Nearby Marker El Dorado Canyon for additional information and location of the replacement concrete marker and Eldorado Canyon marker for additional information and location of the newer metal replacement marker.
Also see . . .
1. Eldorado Canyon – Lawlessness on the Colorado River. Many of prospectors in the area were reportedly Civil War deserters and disagreements and gunfights over gold and women became commonplace. Greed, claim jumping and vigilante justice fueled the fire. (Submitted on April 1, 2010.)
2. The Ghost Town of Nelson, Nevada. This was one of the first major gold strike areas in Nevada. The wharf area by the Colorado River was destroyed several years ago during a flash flood. (Submitted on April 1, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,121 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 30, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.