Take it easy
  Goldpoint (Limepoint, Hornsilver)


VISITED September 22, 2019

Our breakfast 9/22 - Mel's Diner - Beatty
Our lunch 9/22 - Socorro's Burger Hut
DIRECTIONS From Tonopah, Nevada, travel south on US 95 for 41.9 miles, to the junction of SR 266. Head west on SR 266 for 7.2 miles to the junction of SR 774; head south on SR 774 for 7.4 miles.

Beginning around 1868, lime was discovered here resulting in the camp of Limepoint. After 1880, silver was discovered, but it wasn't until 1908 that high grade hornsilver was discovered, resulting in a rush to the site and a name change to Hornsilver. (Chlorargyrite is the mineral form of silver chloride also known as cerargyrite and, when weathered by desert air, as horn silver. ) A little over a month later, Hornsilver boasted a population of 700 and 220 frame buildings, tents, and shacks After 1930, more gold was being mined than was silver, resulting in the final name change to Goldpoint. WW II drew away most of the miners and most operations ceased around 1942.

Capt. J. F. Bradley, ex-sheriff, and also the only Republican in the State Assembly from Esmeralda county, has struck it rich in the Red Top claim owned by the Great Western Gold Mining Company at Hornsilver. He secured a lease on a block of the ground in a little gulch to the west of the main find some 800 feet, a few weeks ago. It appears to be the biggest find yet made in the Lime Point section of Gold Mountain, and as a result that new little town of Hornsilver is growing so rapidly that nothing like it has ever been seen in this section of the county. One month ago today the first tent was pitched on the ground, and by actual count there were 210 frame and tent houses there yesterday.
-Tonopah Daily Bonanza, May 13, 1908

The Silvermines Corporation which owns and controls fifteen mining claims in the Hornsilver Mining District, is now erecting a milling plant of 100 tons daily capacity to treat the large tonnage of ore now in sight in this company's property. It is expected that this milling plant will be placed in operation by June 1st next, or shortly thereafter.
-Tonopah Daily Bonanza, March 9, 1917

Enough gold was being dug up to warrant a name change.

The first discovery made in the Hornsilver district south of Goldfield was of hornsilver ore, but later developments proved that it was a gold camp. Now an effort is being made by W. E. Sirbeck and others interested in the district to have the name changed from Hornsilver to Goldpoint. The original designation was Limepoint.
-Reno Gazette Journal, September 30, 1932

Things had definitely slowed by now, but work was still being done.

Reports from the Ohio Mines Company at Goldpoint are to the effect that conditions underground have never been better.
-Reno Gazette Journal, January 13, 1940

Leasers at Goldpoint and scattered sections of the county accounted for a limited amount of gold ore during the year and the Ohio Mines Company at Goldpoint continued on a regular production basis.
-Reno Gazette Journal, January 14, 1942

Roads to Goldpoint and Lida, which have been closed because of deep snowdrifts, have been opened by the highway snowplow and mail is again going to these districts.
-Reno Gazette Journal, March 6, 1944

After the war, things picked up a little bit-- for a while, anyway

Machinery Has Been Delivered At Property
THe Goldpoint Mining Syndicate reported this week that three truckloads of machinery have been delivered on the syndicate's property at Goldpoint. The equipment, most of which came from Mineral county, is practically new, and consists of a hoist, compressor cars, track, and pipe.
-Nevada State Journal, January 18, 1946

In the Goldpoint district Ohio Mines Co. is reportedly planning to resume mining and milling of gold-silver ore, and operation of the Nevada Gold mill custom ore is said to be contemplated by Charles L. Richards of Reno.
-Los Angeles Times, March 20, 1950

Don't give up!

A "reliable source" circulated the report in Goldfield that one of the biggest ore strikes in recent years has been made at Goldpoint.
-Reno Gazette Journal, December 15, 1962

And then there was one...

Mrs. Ora Mae Wiley, the oldest and only permanent resident of Goldpoint. She is the widow of the late Senator Harry Wiley and hers is the story of the desert lover.
-Nevada State Journal, October 31, 1965

POST OFFICE Hornsilver - May 16, 1908 - October 16, 1932
Goldpoint - October 16, 1932 - January 12, 1968
NEWSPAPER Hornsilver Herald

Home of the famous Goldpoint Bed & Breakfast, where you can stay in a rustic cabin and enjoy family-style meals. We made a brief cruise through the area just to see what there was to see. Many old buildings, vehicles, etc. Worth a visit!

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