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Alum Nevada

Alum Nevada

Alum Nevada Overview

Alum was a mining district in Esmeralda County, Nevada.

The district was also known as Blair (although Blair was established in the early 1900s and was part of the Silver Peak mining district).

Named for the nearby alum deposit and mine.

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Year Established/Founded

1868

Alum Nevada History

From Lincoln:

The deposit of sulphur and alum at Alum was known as early as 1868.

It was located and relocated many times, and a little development work done upon it.

In 1921, the Western Chemicals, Inc., of Tonopah erected an alum-sulphur treatment plant designed to produce 10 tons c. p. alum and 10 tons 85% sulphur concentrates per day.

This plant has operated intermittently since its erection.

Timeline

  • 1868 – The district was discovered about 1868 during the extensive exploration of Esmeralda County
  • 1921 – The Western Chemical Company erected an alum-sulfur treatment plant, and although the deposit was worked intermittently, no production was ever reported
  • 1939 – Activity reported but was not successful
  • 1967 – Activity reported but was not successful

Mines

Alum, potash, and sulfur.

  • Alum Pure/Sulfur Pure Patented Claims

Railroads

Unknown at this time.

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Post Office

None.

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Newspaper

Unknown at this time.

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The Population of Alum Nevada

Unknown at this time.

Elevation

5,023′

Location

From Tingley:

The Alum district is located 11 miles north of Silver Peak and 7 miles west of the Weepah district on a low divide between Clayton Valley and Big Smoky Valley.

From Lincoln:

The Alum District is located at Alum, just E. of the road to Silver Peak, in central Esmeralda Co. Blair Jct., on the T. & G. R. R. is 10 m. N.

Alum Nevada

GPS Coordinates

37° 54′ 30.75″ N, 117° 40′ 0.34″ W

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Photos and Videos

None at this time.

References Used

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Alum Nevada