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Near Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Potosi

 
 
Potosi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, May 8, 2015
1. Potosi Marker
Marker has been replaced as of May, 2015.
Inscription. The desire of the Mormon settlements for economic self-sufficiency led to mining by missionaries for lead. In 1856 Nathaniel V. Jones was sent to recover ore from the "Mountain of Lead" 30 miles southwest of the mission at Las Vegas Springs. About 9,000 pounds were recovered before smelting difficulties forced the remote mine to be abandoned in 1857. Potosi became the first abandoned mine in Nevada.

In 1861 California mining interests reopened the mine, and a smelter and rock cabins of 100 busy miners made up the mining camp of Potosi. Even more extensive operations resulted after the transcontinental Salt Lake and San Pedro R.R. (now Union Pacific) was built through the county in 1905.

During World War I, Potosi was an important source of zinc.
 
Erected by State Historic Preservation Office. (Marker Number 115.)
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 36° 0.062′ N, 115° 29.125′ W. Marker was near Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker was at the intersection of Nevada Route 160 at milepost 19 and Mt. Potosi Canyon Road, on the left when traveling west on State Route 160. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 12006 Nevada 160, Las Vegas NV 89124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Potosi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, May 8, 2015
2. Potosi Marker
Marker has been replaced as of May, 2015.
At least 7 other markers are within 17 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Old Spanish Trail (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Old Spanish Trail (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Old Spanish Trail (approx. 5.4 miles away); Goodsprings Mining District 1856 - 1957 (approx. 12 miles away); The Pioneer Saloon (approx. 12 miles away); Good's Spring (approx. 12.1 miles away); The Last Spike (approx. 16.5 miles away but has been reported missing).
 
Also see . . .
1. Potosi - Ghost Town. Lead ore deposits were found high upon a cliff by prospecting Mormons living at the mission at Las Vegas in 1856. (Submitted on April 2, 2010.) 

2. Potosi - First Abandoned Mine in Nevada. (Submitted on April 2, 2010.)
 
Potosi Marker Base image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
3. Potosi Marker Base
Marker was missing in 2010
Potosi Marker Base image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
4. Potosi Marker Base
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,181 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada.   3, 4. submitted on March 31, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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