Adaven Nevada Overview
Located in the Quinn Canyon Range and 30 minutes north of Rachel, Adaven is a former mining settlement and ghost town in Nye County, Nevada.
The town’s name is Nevada spelled backward – Adaven.
Digging through old books and newspapers has not yielded much. The first newspaper reference I can find is in 1906.
The village was founded in 1890.
Adaven Nevada History
Not much is found about this small town but we are continuing our search.
- 1870s – Thomas Sharp settled in the area to ranch cattle
- 1890 – Settlement formed and named Sharp, after Thomas Sharp
- 1901 – A post office opened under the town name of Sharp
- May 1, 1939 – The town of Sharp was renamed Adaven
- 1953 – The post office closed
The Population of Adaven Nevada
What I find interesting is that Thomas Sharp is not found in Nye County for the United States Censuses I checked.
- 95 residents on the 1910 United States Federal Census, Nevada, Nye, Sharp, District 0054, and an additional 7 residents on the Indian Population
- 67 residents on the 1920 United States Federal Census, Nevada, Nye, Sharp, District 0027
- 64 residents on the 1930 United States Federal Census, Nevada, Nye, Sharp, District 0017
The post office was named Sharp (after Thomas Sharp) from 1901 until May 1, 1939, when it was renamed Adaven.
In 1953 the post office was closed, and thereafter, the town was abandoned.
How to Get to Adaven Nevada
- Crystal Springs – 59 miles via N. Cres Road
- Tonopah – 106 miles via US-6 E
- Wikipedia – Adaven, Nevada
- Hall, Shawn. Preserving the Glory Days: Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Nye County, Nevada. University of Nevada Press. 1999. page 37 and 84
- USGS – Adaven
- Mines, Ghost Towns and Legends of the American West – Nye County, NV (Mines of Nevada Book 13)