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  Mineral Hill

40° 9' 38" N, 116° 5' 53 " W - Mineral Hill quad

VISITED April 27 , 2013   
Our Breakfast:
Omlettes at the Toiyabe Cafe , Austin, NV
Our Supper:
Bacon-wrapped Chorizo at Hickison Summit
DIRECTIONS From Fallon, east on US 50 for 177 miles; north on Highway 278 46.3 miles; right on dirt road for 5 miles.
From Fallon: 228.3 miles

Silver was discovered here in 1869, and soon after a stamp mill was erected and the population boomed to about 500 people. Stores, a school, a bakery, saloons, and even a brick yard were all established here, but by 1872 only a handful of people remained. Intermittent mining and milling operations continued until the early to mid 1900's.

During the month of March last the mill at mineral Hill turned out bullion of the value of $120,781
-The Daily Appeal, April 20, 1871

We learn from Dr. M. R. Chamblin that the man recently injured in the Mineral Hill mine will recover. His name was Fred Ball and he was, at the time of the accident, running car. He fell from the platform, breaking one of his left ribs and injuring the lung by the fractured bone [Eureka Sentinel]
-Pioche Record, May 3, 1874

Mineral Hill Mining District and town, formerly within the boundaries of Elko county, and situated near the southern line, is now situated in Eureka county. The croppings of the Mineral Hill were fabulously rich, and at that time created a great deal of excitement in mining circles and among mining operators. It was discovered and organized June 7, 1869.
-Reno Evening Gazette March 14, 1888

Mineral Hill Is One Of Revived Early Districts
Reports are again current to the effect that development work is to be conducted on a substantial scale in the old Mineral Hill district, five miles southeast of Mineral siding on the Eureka Nevada railroad.
-Nevada State Journal, July 1, 1935

Renewed activity in the old Mineral Hill district was forecast with reports of two recent transactions involving old mines in the district, estimated in the Directory of Nevada Mines to have produced around $6,600,000 in silver, lead, gold, copper, and zinc.
-Reno Evening Gazette, September 12, 1942


POST OFFICE May 9, 1871 - March 1, 1873

Very easy to get to the site. There is a tremendous amount of debris, glass, cans, and metal marking the site. Up from the town site there is a grove of trees which were obviously planted, since they're all in neat rows. Couldn't tell what kind they were. Many foundations and mill ruins mark the site. There is a nice little graveyard SW of the site, but it looks like a fire came through at one time and there are only bits and pieces of wood left from any graves built of wood. A large brick chimney still stands S of the town site.

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