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

Ophir

 
 
Ophir Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, 2014
1. Ophir Marker
Inscription. Well up into the canyon out yonder, one can still see the massive stone foundations of a costly and splendid stamp mill, as well as, the stone walls of an elegant office and mansion. Here was the scene of once busy place, now a ghost town.

Ore was discovered there in 1863 by S. Boulerond and his compatriots. In 1864, the Murphy Mine was discovered and became the leading producer; a mining district was organized. During 1865, a twenty-stamp mill was completed costing over $200,000. Connected with it was the first experimental Stetefedlt Furnace ever built. When the Murphy Mill was built, a town was started and it grew to a population of 400, but work in the mines declined in the 1870's and Ophir became almost deserted. In the 1880's, the mines reactivated, and Ophir had another period of prosperity. By the 1890's the town was deserted, but some mining activity at the Murphy Mine continued sporadically into the 20th Century.

Over two million dollars worth of gold and silver were mined from the Murphy Vein and from surrounding properties. Iron, copper and arsenic were also found in the area.

Ophir managed to have all the accouterments of a large community: School, church, various lodges, and of course, several saloons.
 
Erected by Nevada State Park System. Central Nevada Development
Ophir Mining Relic image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, August 14, 2010
2. Ophir Mining Relic
Association. (Marker Number 64.)
 
Location. 38° 56.328′ N, 117° 11.847′ W. Marker is near Carvers, Nevada, in Nye County. Marker is at the intersection of Highway 376 and NF-017 (Dirt Road), on the left when traveling north on Highway 376. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Round Mountain NV 89045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tate's Stage Station (approx. 2.7 miles away); Big Smoky Valley (approx. 10.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Ophir. If trying to reach the actual ghost town of Ophir, to the west, please be very careful. This trip is not for the casual traveler, and it definitely requires 4 Wheel Drive.The additional photos that are added, were all taken prior to engaging 4 Wheel Drive.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ophir - Nevada Ghost Town. An article on the history of Ophir including several photos of ruins of remaining buildings. (Submitted on October 11, 2015.) 

2. Western Mining History - Ophir, Nevada. Includes a link to 27 photos of the ghost town. (Submitted on October 11, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Ophir Cemetery. No opening. Wooden steps for going over the fence. image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, August 28, 2009
3. Ophir Cemetery. No opening. Wooden steps for going over the fence.
Gravestone of John Phillips. image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, August 28, 2009
4. Gravestone of John Phillips.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2015. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 8, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada.   2, 3, 4. submitted on October 10, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Photo of the stone foundation of the stamp mill. • Photo of the stone foundation of the office and mansion. • Can you help?
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