Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member NevaP
N 39° 21.218 W 115° 23.670
11S E 638331 N 4357249
The marker is by Rt.50 about midway between Eureka and Ely. It's located about 11 miles north of the Hamilton townsite.
Waymark Code: WM1NZV
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 06/12/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
Views: 59

Hamilton, now a true ghost town, was the first County Seat of White Pine County. In the early 1870s, with a population of over 20,000, it was one of the largest of the silver mining boom towns. Several disastrous fires, as the silver boom declined, doomed the town.
Marker Title (required): Hamilton

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 53

Marker Text (required):
The mines of the White Pine District were first discovered in 1865 and supported many thriving towns during the period 1868-1875. The most famous of these early towns was Hamilton; but there were others adjacent, such as Eberhardt, Treasure City and Sherman Town. These communities, now all ghost towns, lay in a cluster 11 miles south of this point. Hamilton, and its nearby cities, was established as a result of large-scale silver discoveries in 1868. Experiencing one of the most intense, but shortest lived, silver stampedes ever recorded, the years 1868-1869 saw some 10,000 people establish themselves in huts and caves on Treasure Hill at Mount Hamilton, at an elevation of from 8,000 to 10,500 feet above sea level. The city was incorporated in 1869, became the first county seat of White Pine County that same year, and was disincorporated in 1875. In this brief span of time, a full-sized town came into bloom with a main street and all the usual businesses. A fine brick courthouse was constructed in 1870. On June 27, 1873, the main portion of the town was destroyed by fire. The town never fully recovered. In 1885, another fire caused the removal of the White Pine county seat to Ely.

County (required): White Pine

Marker Type (required): Full Size (with blue painted mesh)

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Is Marker Damaged? (required): Yes, graffiti/written on

Other Damage Type (optional): NA

URL - Website (optional): Not listed

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