Surviving buildings in Cobre (September 2007). Both buildings were owned by the Nevada Northern Railway; the structure on the left is a handcar shed, and the structure on the right is an engine house.
|Elevation||5,922 ft (1,805 m)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
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The town was located at the former interchange point between the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Nevada Northern Railway, and came into being when construction of the Nevada Northern began in 1905. The Nevada Northern was constructed primarily to serve the copper mines and smelter near Ely, Nevada; cobre is Spanish for "copper." In 1910, Cobre reached its peak population with a total of 60 residents. Over the next few decades Cobre's population slowly declined due to travelers' preference for the automobile over the train. This led to the Southern Pacific Railroad abandoning the Cobre passenger station in November 1948. The station remained an active railroad section townsite for a few families and crew. Homes and facilities that supported the train crew also remained; the train crew covered the section from Cobre to Shafter. The Nevada Northern Railroad ran a train that made a weekly trip to Cobre until June 20, 1983. The 5 homes were sold in 1986 for $1 a building and were dismantled and removed from their foundations.
A post office was established at Cobre in 1906. It was discontinued in 1956.
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