Tucked away in the mountains of northern Nevada, Argenta is a small town with a rich and colorful past. From mining to ranching, this community has played an important role in the development of the state. In this article, we will take a closer look at the history, landmarks, and natural beauty that make Argenta a fascinating destination for visitors.
Argenta Nevada Overview
Argenta Nevada was a mining district in Lander County, Nevada.
The town is situated in a remote and rugged area of the state, surrounded by mountains, valleys, and vast stretches of open desert.
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1866, 1930, 1986
Argenta was established in the mid-1860s, during the height of the mining boom in Nevada.
Argenta Nevada History
Argenta owes its existence to the discovery of silver in the nearby mountains. In its heyday, the town boasted a population of several hundred, with numerous businesses and services to support the local mining industry. Ranching and agriculture also played a significant role in the town’s economy. Today, Argenta is a small, quiet community that still retains much of its historic charm.
- Mid-1860s: Argenta is established during the mining boom.
- Late 1800s: Ranching and agriculture become important industries in the area.
- Early 1900s: The town experiences a decline in population as mining activity wanes.
- 1960s: The construction of nearby highways leads to an increase in tourism to the area.
Gold, barite, and silver.
The nearest major railroad to Argenta is the Union Pacific Railroad, which runs through nearby Elko.
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The Population of Argenta Nevada
According to the latest census data, the population of Argenta is less than 50.
The town has an elevation of approximately 6,100 feet (1,860 meters) above sea level.
Located in the northern Shoshone Range about 14 miles east of Battle Mountain. According to Hall (1994), the Argenta district dates from 1866 when silver was discovered there.
Argenta is located at 40.6264° N latitude and 116.6559° W longitude.
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- Tingley, Joseph V., Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Report 47 – Mining Districts of Nevada
- Lincoln, Francis Church, (1923), Mining Districts and Mineral Resources of Nevada,
- United States Geological Survey – Argenta Mining District Nevada
- Wikipedia – Argenta Nevada