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Antelope Springs Nevada (Nye County)

Explore the forgotten trails of Antelope Springs, a ghost town in Nye County, Nevada, with a story that mirrors the classic American tale of boom and bust. Once a bustling stopover for miners and travelers during Nevada’s silver mining heyday, Antelope Springs now offers a silent yet evocative glimpse into the past.

Antelope Springs Nevada

Antelope Springs Nevada Overview

Nestled in the rugged landscape of Nye County, Antelope Springs emerged in the late 19th century amidst Nevada’s silver frenzy. Originally a mining camp and a vital rest point along the journey to richer mining towns, this town encapsulated the hopes and hardships of the era. Although its glory days were short-lived, the remnants of its buildings tell a story of resilience and change.

The district, which takes its name from an important group of springs, was possibly known by these names too as I have found references it was also known as Antelope Spring, Antelope, Blackthorn Camp, Sulphide, and Sulfide.

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Year Established/Founded

1903

Antelope Springs Nevada History

Antelope Springs was born out of the silver mining boom, serving as a pivotal stop for miners and adventurers. Its role expanded when it became a Pony Express stop in 1860. The town witnessed growth and development with the establishment of a post office, cabins, and a general store, catering to the needs of its transient population.

This is a bit hard to search online through digital records since there was more than one Antelope Spring(s) in Nevada and companies with the same name. Also, references have combined Antelope and Antelope Spring as one mining district while others show them as two separate districts. 

So there is a lot of digging to untangle which district, mine, company, and county are being referred to in the documents we find… but we are working on it!

We have found references that Antelope Springs was the district’s original name. Sulfide, a small area surrounding Sulfide Well, on the old Goldfield Road at the southern tip of the Cactus Range, and Blackthorn Camp, west of Antelope Pass, may have been considered separate districts but are both now included in the Antelope Springs District.

It was connected with Goldfield by wagon, automobile, and stage lines

From a brief written in January 1911 by F. C. Schrader for the U. S. Geological Survey brief report:

Gold was discovered here in 1903, when the region was visited by a wave of prospectors that followed in the wake of the Tonopah boom. Since that time several isolated prospects have been held, but the discovery of high-grade ore which caused the formation of the present camp was made in November 1911. Soon after that date there were more than 150 men in the district prospecting and making locations, and by the close of the year, a $15,000 five-day option had been taken on the discovery claim.

When Mr. Schrader visited the district two townsites were being developed, supplies and machinery corning in, some ore was being hauled out, and considerable ground had been opened, but development was still confined to the ‘oxidized’ zone. The discovery shaft at that time had reached a depth of 23 ft. and practically all the material excavated from it-about 30 tons-was ore · that averaged about $200 per ton, and contained some rich bunches. The deposits are silver and gold, which are found in or associated with veins and fissures in the rhyolite. The veins are about 20 in number, ranging in width from 1 to 20 ft. Some of them are persistent and have a known extent of 2000 or more feet. The valuable ore minerals are chiefly horn silver, argentite, and gold. Four-fifths of the value is in silver and one-fifth in gold. Some of the ore contains considerable free gold, which may be extracted mechanically in panning. The light color of this gold indicates that it is alloyed with native silver. According to latest accounts, received in April, the outlook for the district is encouraging. The ‘main strike’ shaft had at that time attained a reported depth of 85 ft., with continuation of the ore favorable in amount and grade. Good ore has also been found at several other places, and plans are made for the early building of a mill.

Timeline

  • Late 19th century: Establishment as a mining camp during Nevada’s silver mining boom.
  • 1860: Becomes a Pony Express stop.
  • 1860s: Indian attack destroys the original Pony Express station.
  • Post-1860s: Overland Stage and Mail Company rebuilds the station and corrals.
  • 1869: Pony Express and stage use of the town ceases.
  • 20th century: Decline into a ghost town as silver mining wanes.

Mines

Silver mines in the surrounding area, pivotal to the town’s initial growth.

Silver, gold, cerargyrite, and argentite.

Mines:

  1. Gold Bug Group

Railroads

Unknown at this time.

Post Office

The town featured a post office during its peak period.

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Newspaper

Unknown at this time.

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The Population of Antelope Springs Nevada

December 1911 the population was 150 residents.

Elevation

6,290′

Location

References on the location:

  1. The Antelope Springs district lies on the east slope of the Cactus Range, near the southeastern end of the central part of the range.
  2. The Antelope Springs mining district is located 30 miles southeast of Goldfield on the east slope of the Cactus Range.

GPS Coordinates

37° 36′ 30.78″ N, 116° 43′ 45.22″ W

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Today, Antelope Springs stands as a relic of Nevada’s rich mining history, its silent buildings a testament to the fleeting nature of mining booms. For history buffs and adventure seekers, the site offers a tangible connection to an era of hope, struggle, and transformation in the American West.

Photos and Videos

 
Tonopah Daily Bonanza· Tonopah, Nevada · Saturday, December 09, 1911
Tonopah Daily Bonanza · Tonopah, Nevada · Saturday, December 09, 1911

References Used

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Antelope Springs Nevada