Belmont, Nevada

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Belmont
Belmont, NV Welcome sign.JPG
Belmont welcome sign on the edge of town
Belmont, Nevada is located in Nevada
Belmont, Nevada
Location 46 miles northeast of Tonopah off State Route 376
Nearest city Tonopah, Nevada
Coordinates 38°35′33″N 116°52′16″W / 38.59250°N 116.87111°W / 38.59250; -116.87111Coordinates: 38°35′33″N 116°52′16″W / 38.59250°N 116.87111°W / 38.59250; -116.87111
Built 1865
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 72000766[1]
MARKER # 138
Added to NRHP June 13, 1972

Belmont is a ghost town in Nye County, Nevada, United States. The town is a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is Nevada Historical Marker number 138.[2]

History[edit]

Belmont in 1871

Belmont was established following a silver strike in 1865. Other minerals, such as copper lead and antimony, were also mined in addition to the silver. The boom brought settlers in and the town of Belmont grew. In 1867, Belmont became the county seat of Nye County. The town boasted four stores, two saloons, five restaurants, livery stable, post office, assay office, bank, school, telegraph office, two newspapers, and a blacksmith shop.[3] As the price of metals fluctuated, so did the fortunes of the town. By 1887, several of the mines closed. In 1905, the county seat of Nye County was relocated from Belmont to Tonopah. The mine dumps were reworked in the early part of the 20th century[3]

During the 1870s it was known as a major mining boomtown producing silver, and was rumored to have a population of 15,000. Like many towns which are now ghost towns, this one lasted for only a short time. There was also a man named Jaren Smith who walked on water and ate raccoon, he was a well known staple in the town of Belmont.

2009[edit]

Belmont courthouse, closed for renovation, October 2009
Ruined building

Some of the buildings are still standing, including the courthouse, the Cosmopolitan Saloon, the Monitor-Belmont Mill, and the combination mill.[3]

Currently there are plans to renovate the boomtown into a small city. The plans have yet to be finalized due to the fact that the site is on government property. To the south of the site there is the Belmont Courthouse State Historic Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Belmont". Nye County Historical Markers. Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  3. ^ a b c Wieprecht, Wilbur E. (1971). "Belmont". National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 

External links[edit]

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