GSM 2015 March Nevada - Day 7
May 31, 2015Public
Photo: The Tonopah Historic Mining Park is located on the site of the original mining claims that started the rush to Tonopah, making it “Queen of the Silver Camps”.
Photo: Jim and Belle Butler’s strike in 1900 brought the United States into the 20th Century, and many of the mining processing techniques developed during that time are still being used today.
Photo: The park encompasses portions of four of the original major mining companies and covers more than 100 acres.
Photo: Make-shift cover over an early mine dug from the surface. (As venture capital was difficult to obtain, Jim, Belle and their partners implemented the unusual concept of mine claim leasing by the foot.)
Photo: The mine followed the narrow silver ore body. (These leases, which were sealed by a handshake, gave the lessor 75% of all profits from his claim and greatly speeded the development of the district.)
Photo: Many of the miners got rich under this arrangement. The practice then quickly spread to other mining districts.
Photo: Ore vein
Photo: Three labelled ore veins.
Photo: An early ore cart with Tonopah in the background.
Photo: A manually operated hoist over a shaft, with Tonopah in the background.
Photo: An ore bucket in place over the mine shaft. The iron grating prevents visitors from falling into the shaft.
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Photo: Reconstructed tunnel to a mine near the surface.
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Photo: Tonopah began circa 1900 with the discovery of gold and silver-rich ore by prospector Jim Butler when he went looking for a lost burro he owned. The burro had wandered off during the night and sought shelter near a rock outcropping.
Photo: When Butler discovered the animal the next morning, he picked up a rock to throw at the beast, but instead noticed the rock was unusually heavy. He had stumbled upon the second-richest silver strike in Nevada history.
Photo: View from the end of the tunnel.
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Photo: End of a drill still embedded in the rock.
Photo: View of Tonopah from the Mine Park. Note the "T" on the hillside.
Photo: Rear view of Mizpah Hotel. Its construction began in 1905, shortly after the town of Tonopah was founded, and finished in late 1908, after several delays. The Mizpah Hotel was once the tallest building in Nevada.