List of ghost towns in Nevada

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This is a list of ghost towns in Nevada in the United States of America. Most ghost towns in Nevada are former mining boomtowns that were abandoned when the mines closed. Those that weren't set up as mining camps were usually established as locations for mills, or supply points for nearby mining operations. In Clark County settlements along the Colorado River have been submerged underneath the reservoirs of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave.

Conditions[edit]

Ghost towns can include sites in various states of disrepair and abandonment. Some sites no longer have any trace of buildings or civilization and have reverted to empty land. Other sites are unpopulated but still have standing buildings. Still others may support full-time residents, though usually far less than at their historical peak, while others may now be museums or historical sites.

For ease of reference, the sites listed have been placed into one of the following general categories.

Barren site
  • Site is no longer in existence
  • Site has been destroyed, covered with water, or reverted to empty land
  • May have a few difficult to find foundations/footings at most
Neglected site
  • Little more than rubble remains at the site
  • Dilapidated, often roofless buildings remain at the site
Abandoned site
  • Building or houses still standing, but all or almost all are abandoned
  • No population, with the possible exception of a caretaker
  • Site no longer in use, except for one or two buildings
Semi-abandoned site
  • Buildings or houses still standing, but most are abandoned
  • A few residents may remain
Historic site
  • Buildings or houses still standing
  • Site has been converted to a historical site, museum, or tourist attraction
  • Still a busy community, but population is smaller than its peak years

List of ghost towns in Nevada[edit]

Nevada Ghost Towns
Town Image County Established Disestablished Status Notes
Aurora Aurora NV.jpg Mineral 1860 Neglected site
Alturas Clark 1861 In El Dorado Canyon (Nevada) near Techatticup Mine in the Colorado Mining District.
Belleville Mineral 1872
Belmont Belmont Nevada.gif Nye 1865 Former Nye County courthouse in Belmont is preserved as Belmont Courthouse State Historic Park[1]
Beowawe Eureka 1868
Berlin Berlin Ghost Town.jpg Nye 1897 1911 Preserved within Berlin–Ichthyosaur State Park[2]
Bermond Station Fairview & Bermond Station Nevada 1910.jpg Churchill Post Office from 1920-26. Location on 1910 USGS map
Blair Esmeralda
Bristol Lincoln
Broken Hills Mineral
Bullfrog Inside Bullfrog Jail.jpg Nye
Bullionville Lincoln
Cactus Springs Nye
Callville Clark 1864 1869 Submerged under Callville Bay of Lake Mead Steamboat landing, County seat of Pah-Ute County, Arizona Territory (1865-67), Post office (1867-69)
Candelaria Mineral
Caselton Lincoln
Chafey Pershing
Charleston 2013-06-28 10 00 10 View east along Elko County Route 746 (North Fork-Charleston Road) in Charleston in Nevada.jpg Elko
Coaldale Esmeralda
Cobre Cobre Nevada.jpg Elko
Colorado City Clark 1861 Submerged under Lake Mohave Steamboat landing near the mouth of El Dorado Canyon (Nevada) in the Colorado Mining District.
Columbus Esmeralda
Como Lyon 1861 1930's Post office 1879-1881, 1903-1905; townsite occupied intermittently, activity finally ceasing in the 1930s after the closing of a sawmill
Cortez Lander
Crystal Springs Crystal Spring - Nevada.jpg Lincoln
Currant Nye
Daveytown Humboldt
Deeth Elko
Delano Elko
Delamar Lincoln
Dixie Valley Dixie Nevada 1910.jpg Churchill 1861
Dun Glen Pershing
El Dorado City Clark 1863 1880's Barren site Mining camp in El Dorado Canyon (Nevada) in the Colorado Mining District. Site of the El Dorado Mills.
Etna Pershing
Fairview Fairview & Bermond Station Nevada 1910.jpg Churchill 1904 1919
Ferguson Lincoln
Fish Lake Valley Esmeralda
Flanigan Flanigan townsite map.jpg Washoe 1909 1973
Fort Churchill Fort Churchill Gelatin.jpg Lyon Preserved within Fort Churchill State Historic Park[3]
Gold Acres Lander
Gold Butte Clark 1908
Gold Center Mill foundation, Gold Center, Nevada.jpg Nye
Gold Point Gold point street.jpg Esmeralda
Goldfield Esmeralda County, Nevada courthouse.jpg Esmeralda
Grantsville Nye
Hamilton Hamilton Nevada.jpg White Pine
Hardin City Humboldt 1858 1866 Neglected
Helene Lincoln
Henry Elko
Hiko MILL OF HYKO SILVER MINING COMPANY, HYKO, NEVADA - NARA - 524161.jpg Lincoln
Ione Nye
Johnnie Nye
Jungo Mapping the North Half of Lovelock One Degree Quadrangle in the Desert Area Near Jungo, Nevada, 1 August 1931.tiff Humboldt 1911 1952 Barren Post Office from January 1911 until May 1952.[4]
Jessup Jessup, Nevada 1910.jpg Churchill 1908
Lahontan City Churchill 1911 1915 Developed to house workers during the construction of Lahontan Dam[5]
Logan Lincoln
Louisville Clark 1861 1862? In El Dorado Canyon (Nevada) near the Techatticup Mine in the Colorado Mining District.
Lucky Jim Camp Clark 1862 Barren In El Dorado Canyon (Nevada) near the Techatticup Mine in the Colorado Mining District.
Mazuma Pershing 1907 1912 Post office: 1907-1912. Site of flash flood that killed at least 8.
Marietta Mineral
Metropolis Elko
Midas Elko
Miller's Esmeralda
Miriam White Plains, Ocala, and Miriam Nevada in 1910.jpg Churchill Non-agency station of the SPRR[6]
Mountain City 2013-06-16 15 39 22 View south across Mountain City in Nevada, with Nevada State Route 225 visible passing through town and the Owyhee River visible toward the right.jpg Elko
Mule Lick Nye 1890
Nevada City Churchill 1916 1919 A coöperative colony
Ocala White Plains, Ocala, and Miriam Nevada in 1910.jpg Churchill
Osceola White Pine
Palisade A339, abandoned car, Palisade, Nevada, USA, 2011.JPG Eureka
Palmetto Palmetto, Nevada ghost town.jpg Esmeralda
Parran Parran Nevada 1910.jpg Churchill 1910 A telegraph station and post office. PO closed 1913[7]
Pine Grove Site Pine Grove Ghost Town, Historical details.jpg Lyon 1866-1918 Several buildings
Pioneer Pioneer (ghost town) ruins.jpg Nye 1908 Post office 1909–1931
Poeville Washoe 1864 1880 Post office 1874–1878
Potosi Clark
Quartz Mountain Nye
Ragtown Churchill 1854 Leeteville may be the same location
Rawhide Rawhide 1915.jpeg Mineral Town was founded in Esmeralda County before the creation of Mineral
Rochester Pershing
Rhyolite A363, Rhyolite, Nevada, USA, John S Cook and Company building, 2004.jpg Nye 1904 Post office closed 1913
Rio Tinto Elko 1932 1948 A few houses and the school remain.
Rioville Clark 1869 1906 Site is now under Lake Mead. Originally Junction City, Rioville had a post office from 1881 to 1906.
Ruby Hill Ruby Hill, Nevada 03.JPG Eureka 1873 1910
Ruth Company Houses.JPG White Pine
San Juan Clark 1860's In the upper part of El Dorado Canyon (Nevada) in the Colorado Mining District.
Scossa Pershing
Seven Troughs Pershing
Silver Canyon Lincoln
Simonsville Clark 1865 1870's Barren Originally called Mill Point, located west of the south end of Overton Airport and east of the Muddy River.
Sprucemont 2013-06-27 10 07 04 Abandoned buildings adjacent to the old Monarch Mine on Spruce Mountain in Nevada.jpg Elko
Saint Joseph Clark 1865 1868 Barren Site located west of the north end of Overton Airport and east of the Muddy River. It burned down in 1868. Town name and population moved to what is now Logandale, Nevada.
St. Thomas St. Thomas, NV Building Foundation.JPG Clark Submerged beneath Lake Mead. Ruins became visible when water level of Lake Mead were lowered.
Star City Pershing
Stillwater Stillwater, Nevada 1910.jpg Churchill 1862
Sulphur Humboldt Neglected
Tempiute Lincoln
Tenabo Lander
Treasure City White Pine
Tybo Nye
Unionville Unionville, Nevada.jpg Pershing
Vernon Pershing
Vya Washoe
White Cloud City Dixie Nevada 1910.jpg Churchill Also known as Coppereid
White Plains White Plains, Ocala, and Miriam Nevada in 1910.jpg Churchill 1879 1909 "No vegetation meets the eye when gazing on the vast expanse of dirty white alkali"[8]
Wonder PSM V82 D472 Typical enisled landscape near wonder nevada.png Churchill 1906 Post office closed 1920

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belmont Courthouse State Historic Park
  2. ^ Berlin–Ichthyosaur State Park
  3. ^ Fort Churchill State Historic Park
  4. ^ "Jungo Post Office (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1991-09-01. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  5. ^ Lahontan City
  6. ^ Carlson, Helen S. (1985). Nevada place names : a geographical dictionary. Reno: University of Nevada Press. p. 169. ISBN 087417094X. 
  7. ^ Carlson, Helen S. (1985). Nevada place names : a geographical dictionary. Reno: University of Nevada Press. p. 187. ISBN 087417094X. 
  8. ^ Carlson, Helen S. (1985). Nevada place names : a geographical dictionary. Reno: University of Nevada Press. p. 245. ISBN 087417094X. 

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