“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Searchlight in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Searchlight Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Searchlight Marker
Inscription. Initial discoveries of predominately gold ore were first made at this location on May 6, 1897. G. F. Colton filed the first claim, later to become the Duplex Mine.

The Quartette Mining Company, formed in 1900, became the mainstay of the Searchlight District, producing almost half of the area's total output. In May, 1902, a 16-mile narrow-gauge railroad was built down the hill to the company's mill on the Colorado River.

Searchlight began to boom in 1902 and reached its peak year in 1907. Up to 1940 total production amounted to $4.5 million.

On March 31, 1907, the 23.22-mile Barnwell and Searchlight Railroad connected the town with the then main Santa Fe line from Needles to Mojave.

By 1919 trains were operating over the B and S Railroad only twice a week. A severe washout on September 23, 1923, halted traffic completely. Train service was never restored.

[Text taken from the Nevada Office of Historic Preservation Website.]
Erected by State Historic Preservation Office. (Marker Number 116.)
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 35° 28.155′ N, 114° 55.396′ W. Marker was in Searchlight, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker was on U.S.
Searchlight Marker Sign on Highway image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
2. Searchlight Marker Sign on Highway
95 ¼ mile north of Nevada Route 164, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Searchlight NV 89046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort (approx. half a mile away); George Frederick Colton and the Duplex Mine (approx. 0.6 miles away); Zulu Echo Six (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Searchlight (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cal-Nev-Ari (approx. 11.9 miles away).
More about this marker. All that is left is the Historic Marker Ahead sign.
Also see . . .  New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Changes have been made to this marker for grammar, readability, and content. The information on the peak year and total production of the Searchlight District has been removed, and it is now noted that Searchlight is the birthplace of U.S. Senator Harry Reid. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
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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 870 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 2, 2010.   2. submitted on March 31, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of marker prior to going missing. • Correction of marker text if needed. • Can you help?
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