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"Big" Bill Murphy Marker, Memorial Sculpture and Mural image, Touch for more information
By Chris English, August 25, 2012
"Big" Bill Murphy Marker, Memorial Sculpture and Mural
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — "Big" Bill Murphy
This statue depicts Big Bill Murphy, hero of the tragic Tonopah Belmont Mine fire that killed 17 miners on February 23, 1911. Murphy went down in the mine cage a number of times to bring up stricken miners. On the last trip he did not return. . . . — Map (db m62320) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Belmont Mine Fire Mural Dedicated November 19, 2005
The mural you are viewing was painted by noted mural artist, Lee Bowerman of Grand Junction, Colorado and is dedicated to Nevada Mine Safety in remembrance of the Belmont Mine Fire of February 23, 1911 and the heroism of cage tender, Wiliam . . . — Map (db m59377) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — County Court House - Nye County
Built in 1905 at a cost of $27,965.00 by Continental Construction Company. Site selected by commission April 1 and donated by Jim Butler's Tonopah Mining Company. On Tuesday, February 7, 1905 Governor Sparks signed the bill to remove the county seat . . . — Map (db m3916) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Framing Building
The pile of pipe beside the building is fan pipe which was used to send air down the mine and through the workings for ventilation. The air was supplied by large fans on the surface. The pile of wire on the hill behind the building is banding from . . . — Map (db m89635) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Harry Stimler
Co-Founder of Goldfield, Nevada "The Greatest Gold Camp On Earth" — Map (db m89556) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Into the Depths
Look above you to the large headframe of the Mizpah Mine on the hill. Imagine entering a cage at the bottom of that headframe. You would be lowered 1,500 feet (more than a 1/4 of a mile!), the depth of the Mizpah shaft. When you reached the bottom . . . — Map (db m89625) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Jim and Belle Butler
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 . . . — Map (db m62321) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — 1 — John G. Kirchen
Born - June 13, 1874 Lake Linden, Michigan Died - March 4, 1931 San Francisco, California This monument, constructed in 1931 was dedicated in memory of John G. Kirchen. Tonopah businessman and manager of The Tonopah Extension Mining Co. . . . — Map (db m46508) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — 101 — Millers
As a result of the mining excitement at Tonopah in 1901 and subsequent construction of the Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad, Millers was founded in 1904 as a station and watering stop on that line. The name honors Charles R. Miller, a director of the . . . — Map (db m3494) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Mizpah Hotel
In 1907-08, to celebrate Tonopah's newfound prosperity, Geo Wingfield, Geo Nixon, Bob Govan and the Brougher Brothers collaborated to erect "The best hotel in Nevada". 1931 saw legalized gambling returned and a small casino was opened. 1956 new . . . — Map (db m89426) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Mizpah Mine Powder Magazine 1902-1948
Used to store all dynamite, fuse and blasting caps used in Tonopah Mining Co. mines. — Map (db m89629) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Silver Vein
When the prospectors wandered the Nevada Desert, they looked for specific types and combinations of rock. Often a certain rock, such as quartz in this vicinity, would signal the presence of gold, silver, or other metals which could mean a new . . . — Map (db m107137) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Stopes
The stopes are where the ore bodies were mined out. These show where the veins actually came to the surface. Jim Butler's original discovery was on these veins near the back of the old fire house. The ore bodies averaged about 500' in depth and most . . . — Map (db m89627) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Teamsters
Once the ore was mined and sacked, it had to be hauled to the railroad. That task was entrusted to the Teamsters, so called because they drove teams of mules, horses or both. Each Teamster was assisted by a Swamper, who watered and fed the . . . — Map (db m89632) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — The Leasers "From everywhere came hardy spirits..."
A great mystery of the desert is how quickly word travels of a rich mineral strike! The discovery started America's last great mining rush. Belle and Jim devised a plan to handle the rush. They leased parts of their claim, the richest of . . . — Map (db m89626) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — The Tonopah Mining Boom
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 . . . — Map (db m52843) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — 15 — Tonopah
To Jim Butler, District Attorney of Nye County, goes the credit for making the ore discoveries which ended the twenty-year slump in Nevada's economy. Migratory Indian bands originally applied the name Tonopah to a small spring in the nearby San . . . — Map (db m42454) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — 172 — Tybo Silver-Lead-Zinc Camp
Eight miles northwest of this point lies what was formerly one of the leading lead-producing districts in the nation. Producing erratically from ore discovery in 1866 to the present (the last mill closed in 1937), Tybo has managed to achieve an . . . — Map (db m89416) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Undiscovered Silver Vein
The hidden vein of silver ore in the middle of the road was exposed when the road was bladed in the 1950's. The vein was missed by the old timers and is an example of how all the outcropped veins looked when they were discovered by Jim Butler in May . . . — Map (db m89633) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — Verdi Lumber Company Coal Bin
Built around 1908, this building was used to house coal unloaded from the Tonopah & Goldfield Railroad in Tonopah. The bin was donated by Larry Moss and moved to this location by the Nye County Road Department. — Map (db m89630) HM
Nevada (Nye County), Tonopah — WM. "Billy" Marsh
Co-Founder of Goldfield, Nevada "The Greatest Gold Camp On Earth" — Map (db m89555) HM

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