Near Ely in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The gold-bearing quartz belt found in 1872 was 12 miles long by 7 miles wide. Placer gold was found in 1877 in a deep ravine indenting the area. Miners first used the simple process of the common “49” rocker. Hydraulic monitors later were used to mine the gold from the 10’ to 200’ thick gravel beds. One gold nugget found was valued at $6,000.
Osceola was a good business town because of its location near the cattle and grain ranches and gardens in the Spring and Snake Valleys.
Famous district mines were: the Cumberland, Osceola, Crescent and Eagle, Verde, Stem-Winder, Guilded Age, Grandfather Snide, Red Monster and the Saturday Night.
The camp produced nearly $5 million primarily in gold, with some silver, lead and tungsten. Intermittent mining continues.
Erected by Nevada State Park System, White Pine Museum, Inc. (Marker Number 98.)
Location. 39° 4.28′ N, 114° 26.971′ W. Marker is near Ely, Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker is on U.S. 6 at milepost 72.7, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office
Also see . . . Osceola - Nevada Ghost Town. Osceola received national attention when the largest gold nugget ever discovered in Nevada and valued at $6,000 was found in May 1877. (Submitted on October 19, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.)
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