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

Jim and Belle Butler

 
 
Jim and Belle Butler Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 17, 2009
1. Jim and Belle Butler Marker
Inscription. In May 1900, Jim and Belle Butler came prospecting from their hay ranch at Belmont to stake the claims that gave rise to Tonopah. This was the first silver bonanza of the 20th century. It prompted a mining renaissance and this heritage is Tonopah's greatest attraction along with good food, lodging and all necessary services. This monument was designed and built by local artist Adam Skiles and dedicated by Tonopah citizens, May, 2007
 
Erected 2007 by Tonopah Citizens.
 
Location. 38° 4.179′ N, 117° 13.883′ W. Marker is in Tonopah, Nevada, in Nye County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street, AKA Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 95) and Oddie Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Main Street, AKA Veterans Memorial Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 North Main Street, Tonopah NV 89049, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Leasers (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stopes (about 500 feet away); Mizpah Mine Powder Magazine (about 500 feet away); Verdi Lumber Company Coal Bin (about 500 feet away); Teamsters
Jim and Belle Butler Marker and sculptures image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 17, 2009
2. Jim and Belle Butler Marker and sculptures
Jim and Belle Butler staked the mines that led to the creation of the town of Tonopah. They made some of the richest silver strikes in Nevada history.
(about 500 feet away); Undiscovered Silver Vein (about 500 feet away); Framing Building (about 500 feet away); Mizpah Hotel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tonopah.
 
More about this marker. The marker is comprised of rocks, flagstone, and two artfully welded metal sculptures depicting the founders of Tonopah, Jim and Belle Butler. The Butlers each staked their own claims in the hills above Tonopah and were equal partners well before it was common for women to be active in large operations such as this one.
 
Regarding Jim and Belle Butler. Jim and Belle Butler staked the mines that led to the creation of the town of Tonopah. They made some of the richest silver strikes in Nevada history.
 
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Jim and Belle Butler Marker and sculptures image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 17, 2009
3. Jim and Belle Butler Marker and sculptures
Welded steel sculpture of Jim and Belle Butler image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 17, 2009
4. Welded steel sculpture of Jim and Belle Butler
Tonopah, Nevada image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 17, 2009
5. Tonopah, Nevada
Picture is of Tonopah from the top of mine tailings in the Tonopah Mining District. The red brick building in the middle of the picture is the Mizpah Hotel, named after the Mizpah mine which in turn was named for Belle Butler.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 669 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on January 3, 2013, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. Photos:   1. submitted on February 20, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   2. submitted on February 25, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   3, 4, 5. 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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