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An overview of the town showing the Mizpah Hotel.

As the story goes, Jim Butler camped at Tonopah Springs and rose late to find his burros gone. Spotting the burros he picked up a very heavy rock to throw at them but stopped when he spotted rich minerals lacing the rock. In 1900, Mr. & Mrs. Butler staked the Mizpah mine, one of the richest silver producers in the entire area.

In April 1903, Tonopah stocks were listed on the San Francisco exchange. With the Tonopah & Goldfield Railroad and the county seat established there, Tonopah evolved into a modern mining town from 1907 through WWI. Tonopah outfitted hundreds of prospectors and served as distribution and supply point for new camps. “Virginia City put Nevada on the map, Tonopah kept it there.”

Although not a bustling metropolis today, Tonopah still has life, even a weekly newssheet, the “Tonopah Times-Bonanza and Goldfield News” with such articles as: Judge Lane completed a mandatory summer college course on juveniles, family violence and drug assessment. The Sheriff’s Report and honor roll students vie for attention across from obituaries. An article of historic note identified the restored Mizpah Hotel and Casino (a walk back in time) sadly was auctioned to the highest bidder on July 5, 2001

  • Last visit to Tonopah: Jul 2001
  • Intro Written Sep 11, 2002
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