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Tonopah in Nye County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Tonopah Mining Boom

 
 
The Tonopah Mining Boom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2010
1. The Tonopah Mining Boom Marker
Inscription. In 1900. Jim Butler stopped at a site known as Tonapah, or Little Water, in the Western Shoshone language. Taking a few rock samples, he discovered a mine that led to one of the most important mineral finds of the early twentieth century. As the extent of the bonanza became known, miners and prospectors flocked to the area.

The Tonopah boom revitalized the mining West. From 1900 to 1910, newspaper reporters kept busy writing about spectacular new mining camps throughout southern Nevada, including Goldfield, Rhyolite, Kawich, Manhattan, Round Mountain, Wonder, and Fairview. Many proved to be exaggerated but Tonopah continued.

The Tonopah mines eventually shipped over 5,000,000 tons of ore. Through a new system called leasing, stock issuing corporations were created, bringing in needed capital to promote the new mines including the Desert Queen, Mizpah, Silver Top, and Tonopah Extension.

Erected this 18th day of July, 2009 by the Transsierra Roisterous Alliance of Senior Humbugs and the Queho Posse. Lucinda Jane Saunders, Julia C. Bulette and Snowhoe Thompson Chapters of E. Clampus Vitus in conjunction with the Town of Tonopah, The Tonapah Historical Mining Park and Tonopah Sand and Gravel.
 
Erected 2009 by E Clampus Vitus/Tonopah Historic Mining Park.
 
Marker series.

The Tonopah Mining Boom Marker dedication image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 17, 2009
2. The Tonopah Mining Boom Marker dedication
Marker seen just after the tarp was removed on the day it was dedicated in July, 2009.
This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 4.183′ N, 117° 13.556′ W. Marker is in Tonopah, Nevada, in Nye County. Marker can be reached from McCulloch Avenue. Touch for map. This marker is located in the Tonopah Historic Mining Park, behind the Visitor's Center next to the picnic tables. Marker is at or near this postal address: 520 McCullock Avenue, Tonopah NV 89049, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Into the Depths (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Leasers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stopes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mizpah Mine Powder Magazine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Verdi Lumber Company Coal Bin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Teamsters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Undiscovered Silver Vein (approx. 0.2 miles away); Framing Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tonopah.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tonopah, Nevada - Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Tonopah Historic Mining Park. (Submitted on January 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Tonopah Historic Mining Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2010
3. The Tonopah Historic Mining Park
The Grizzly in Tonopah Histoirc Mining Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2010
4. The Grizzly in Tonopah Histoirc Mining Park
The Silver Top Mine Headframe in Tonopah Histoirc Mining Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2010
5. The Silver Top Mine Headframe in Tonopah Histoirc Mining Park
The Mizpah Mine & Hoist House in Tonopah Histoirc Mining Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2010
6. The Mizpah Mine & Hoist House in Tonopah Histoirc Mining Park
The Hoist Engine in the Mitzpah Mine Hoist House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2010
7. The Hoist Engine in the Mitzpah Mine Hoist House
The Glory Hole in Tonopah Histoirc Mining Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2010
8. The Glory Hole in Tonopah Histoirc Mining Park
The Glory Hole was created in 1922 when an underground mine slope collapsed. Fortunately no one was injured.
Belle and Jim Butler image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 17, 2009
9. Belle and Jim Butler
Local artist Adam Skiles sculpted these metal art pieces from steel and donated them to Tonopah in 2007. The depict Belle and Jim Butler, the husband and wife team that staked many of the mine locations above the town of Tonopah. The Mizpah mine is named for Belle Butler.
The town of Tonopah image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 17, 2009
10. The town of Tonopah
Picture of Tonopah from atop a pile of mine tailings. The red brick building visible in the center is the Mizpah Hotel, named after the mine of the same name.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 759 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on February 20, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. Photos:   1. submitted on January 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   2. submitted on February 20, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   9, 10. submitted on February 20, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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