Tonopah
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member fresgo
N 38° 04.017 W 117° 13.744
11S E 479906 N 4213268
Quick Description: Located on U.S. Highway 95 in Tonopah, Nevada. N 38° 04.017 W 117° 13.744
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 9/4/2011 6:49:51 PM
Waymark Code: WMCGCA
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
Views: 64

Long Description:
Located in Downtown Tonapah in a small Park. The site includes a gazebo, mining cart display and visitor information booth. The marker memorializes Jim Butler Nye County politician and the town that he loved! Tonpah was founded by Butler and became County seat in 1905. Unlike other upstart communities Tonopah survived and is a bustling center of activity in the Desert.

HMDB has a write up here. Another page for photos and story here.

Marker Title (required): Tonopah

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 15

Marker Text (required):
To Jim Butler, District Attorney of Nye County, goes the credit for making the ore discoveries which ended the twenty-year slump in Nevada's economy. Migratory Indian bands originally applied the name Tonopah to a small spring in the nearby San Antonio Mountains, long before Butler camped in this area in May of 1900. Tonopah became the richest silver producer in the nation and replaced Belmont as the county seat in 1905. The mines spawned a railroad, several huge mills and a busting population of approximately 10,000. The mines faltered in the 'Twenties', but Tonopah has achieved permanent fame because of the prominent financial and political leaders it produced. Many camps and communities followed in the wake of Tonopah's boom. Most of which have become ghost towns.


County (required): Nye

Marker Type (required): Other (describe below)

Other Marker Type (optional): Granite Tablet in Stone Base

Is Marker Damaged? (required): No

Other Damage Type (optional): None

URL - Website (optional): [Web Link]

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