"GOLDFIELD - BOOM AND BUST" Top 5 Page for this destination Goldfield by mtncorg

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Two miners grubstaked by Tonopah's leading light, Jim Butler, discovered gold around here in 1903, just 25 miles south of Tonopah - thus silver does lead to gold. Tonopah had been Nevada's largest boomtown since Virginia City in the mid 19th Century, but gold fever rages harder and stronger than the silver variety, even here in the Silver State. Goldfield erupted and became Nevada's largest town with 15000 to 20000 from 1903 to 1910. Over $86 million in gold was taken from the hillsides, but when the main mines closed in 1919, the town quickly began to fade away.

Goldfield became the county seat of the then much-enlarged Esmeralda County, much to the dismay of the then county seat, Hawthorne - Hawthorne could exult anew when the new Mineral County was carved out of Esmeralda in 1911 with Hawthorne as the seat of that county. The mines of Goldfield were depleted faster than those of Tonopah and only several hundred remain behind today, either still mining or working for one branch of the government or another. Much of the rest of Esmeralda County has since folded up as well with other boom towns housing only ghosts today - Palmetto, Gold Point, Silver Peak. Several interesting stone building remain from Goldfield's boom times - the Courthouse, the Goldfield Hotel, the Goldfield High School as well as one of Goldfield's oldest continuous running businesses, the Santa Fe Saloon.

  • Last visit to Goldfield: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 3, 2005
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  • ophiro's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2005 at 11:23 AM

    sounds like a nice place - the meaning of my name ophir is gold field.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2005 at 11:06 PM

    Interesting hotel - would love to stay there once it's open again and find out about the ghosts :-)

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