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Searchlight in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

George Frederick Colton and the Duplex Mine

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
1. George Frederick Colton and the Duplex Mine Marker
Inscription. George Frederick Colton can be considered to be the father of Searchlight. The Searchlight claim made on May 6, 1897 was the earliest claim of importance in what became the Searchlight Mining District. He is also credited with providing the name of the new district. It was either taken from a popular brand of matches, or a reference to the need for a searchlight to find the gold in this region. Colton's Searchlight Claim, New Years Gift Claim later became the Duplex Mine. The Duplex Mine was one of the important mines in the area along with the larger Quartette Mine. Colton often leased the Duplex to others to work, but he never gave up ownership. The mine continues today in family ownership.
 
Erected 2005 by Queho Posse Chapter 1919, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 27.692′ N, 114° 55.189′ W. Marker is in Searchlight, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 95. Touch for map. Marker is at the rear of parking lot for the Kmillion Gold Mine. Marker is at or near this postal address: 575 South US Highway 95, Searchlight NV 89046, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12
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By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
2. George Frederick Colton and the Duplex Mine Marker
miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Searchlight (approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Zulu Echo Six (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Searchlight (approx. 0.8 miles away); Cal-Nev-Ari (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. George Frederick Colton and the Duplex Mine. The Queho Posse Chapter of E Clampus Vitus web page displays the marker and offers a biography of George Colton, a history of the area and information on Queho and his activities in the Eldorado Canyon. (Submitted on April 1, 2010.) 

2. George Colton. Visions of gold in the Lost Dutchman Mine led an independent pipe-smoking speculator to a dusty ridge where he found enough ore to strike it rich in Searchlight. (Submitted on April 1, 2010.) 
 
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George Frederick Colton and the Duplex Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
3. George Frederick Colton and the Duplex Mine Marker
 
 
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 895 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 30, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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