Ames Camp Nevada
Discover the intriguing story of Ames Camp, a lesser-known but historically significant site nestled in the rugged terrain of Nye County, Nevada. This camp, linked to the ventures of Roy C. Ames and his fluorspar mining operations, offers a glimpse into a past era of mining and exploration.
Ames Camp Nevada Overview
Ames Camp, located in the Union Mining District of Nye County, Nevada, is a site steeped in mining history, primarily known for its connections to fluorspar mining in the mid-20th century. Roy C. Ames, a key figure in this history, established a camp here in 1941. While the camp’s structures have seen better days, its story remains a fascinating chapter in Nevada’s mining history.
Ames Camp Nevada History
Below is conjecture based on a few loose facts – I love a good hunt so this mining camp is on my list to find. Unfortunately, searching for “Ames” pulls a lot of garbage information to comb through, but we are working on it!
Ames Camp was established by Roy C. Ames in 1941 when he located fluorspar claims in the area. Ames, born in 1890 in Iowa, had ties to The Allied Group, which shipped substantial quantities of calcium fluoride. Despite its initial establishment for mining purposes, the camp didn’t produce significant amounts of fluorite.
There were two Roy Ames living in Nevada during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Iowa native Roy Clark (Claire) Ames was living in the area in 1950 as the sole resident of the Ames Mine. He was listed as separated from his wife and no children were living with him. The company was listed as “A L Mine Gold Allied Mine Flusapar” on the census. (His ex-wife, Leta Earlene Sutton, is listed as living in San Jose, California in 1940 with their daughter, Leta Earlene Ames, who lists herself as divorced, not separated. In the 1950 census, his ex-wife lists herself as a widow living in Sacramento, California with their 18-year-old daughter.)
We can theorize that since Mr. Ames was living at the mine and was the sole resident, the mining camp was named for him.
- May 1850 – From Victor E. Kral, Stopped at Gransville, talked with Murrary, Ames, and Cirac about their respective fruorspar (sic) properties.”
- 1910 – Roy Ames was living in New Hampton, Chickasaw, Iowa
- 1914 – Roy Ames was living in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
- 1916 – Roy Ames was living in Maricopa, Arizona
- 1920 – Roy Ames was living in Creighton, Maricopa, Arizona
- 1930 – Roy Ames was living in Berkeley, Alameda, California
- 1941: Roy C. Ames locates fluorspar claims and establishes Ames Camp.
- 1950 – Roy Ames was living in Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada
- 1950: Victor Kral makes a scouting report mentioning Ames and the camp.
- 1951: The Allied Group, associated with Ames, ships 81 tons of calcium fluoride.
- August 1952 – Roy Ames was listed that he was up for election for the board workers for the Nye County precinct [Nevada State Journal]
- June 19, 1967 – Roy Ames passed away in Austin, Lander County, Nevada, and was buried at the New Tonopah Cemetery in Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada
Fluorspar Mine: Established by Roy C. Ames, known for producing calcium fluoride.
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The Population of Ames Camp Nevada
On the 1950 United States Federal Census, Roy Clair Ames is the only one listed living at the Ames Mining Camp with A L Mine Gold Allied Mine Flusapar.
2,137 meters (7,011 feet)
Union Mining District, Nye County, Nevada, United States
On the 1950 census, it lists “Out of Ione – to the left of the road going to Tonopah.”
The dot above represents the location of the Ames Camp which was part of the Union Mining District.
And another map to show the location:
Latitude: 38.85854, Longitude: -117.58899
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Today, the remnants of Ames Camp stand as silent witnesses to a bygone era of mining and exploration in Nevada. While time and elements have taken their toll on the camp’s structures, the legacy of Roy C. Ames and his fluorspar mining endeavors continue to intrigue visitors and history enthusiasts alike.
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