Tonopah in Nye County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
“From everywhere came hardy spirits...”
Belle and Jim devised a plan to handle the rush. They leased parts of their claim, the richest of all, to enthusiastic prospectors, who measured the areas they chose to excavate at three feet per step, and marked them with rocks.
The Butlers never signed a contract with any of them- simply a verbal agreement for 25% of the profits the lease produced in a one year period. The Butlers entered the names into a notebook and the deal was done.
The deep hole in front of you is called a stope and was dug out by those early miners in 1900-1901. They dug down 100 feet to dig out the ore. The timbers were placed to keep the holes from collapsing. Later mining took the stopes down to 500 feet, the total depth of the ore body - the depth of the stopes you see.
"Leasers took four million dollars worth of ore from Tonopah without so much as a scrap of writing to prove their claims." - Historian Carl Glasscock
Belle and Jim at the mine.
Miners and windlass type hoist.
Location. 38° 4.212′ N, 117° 13.778′ W. Marker Touch for map. The GPS coordinates are for the Tonopah Mining Park in general. They will not take you directly to the marker. If you are going all the way to Tonopah to see this marker, you might as well walk around and see all the rest too. Marker is in this post office area: Tonopah NV 89049, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stopes (here, next to this marker); Mizpah Mine Powder Magazine (here, next to this marker); Verdi Lumber Company Coal Bin (here, next to this marker); Teamsters (here, next to this marker); Undiscovered Silver Vein (here, next to this marker); Framing Building (here, next to this marker); Into the Depths (within shouting distance of this marker); Jim and Belle Butler (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tonopah.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.