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Armagosa in Nye County, Nevada

Step into the world of Amargosa, a once-bustling town in Nye County, Nevada, with a story as captivating as any Western adventure. This town, now a ghost of its former self, holds many tales from its days of glory.

Armagosa Nevada Overview

Amargosa, originally a temporary site for railroad construction, evolved into a vital hub due to nearby mining activities. Its journey from a bustling town to a quiet ghost town is a remarkable slice of American history.

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Year Established/Founded

Amargosa was established in the early 1900s, growing around the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad.

Armagosa Nevada History

The town’s lifeblood was its connection to the mining and railroad industries. Amargosa’s story is one of growth, prosperity, and eventual decline, echoing the fate of many such towns in the American West.


  • Early 1900s: Amargosa becomes a key stop on the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad.
  • 1901: Establishment of the post office, initially named Johnnie Station.
  • 1902: Closure of the first post office.
  • 1904: A new post office opens near Rhyolite.
  • 1907: Decline begins with the closure of the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad.
  • 1910: Only a few residents remain.
  • 1915: The town is abandoned.


The town thrived due to nearby mines, especially those producing borax, a key industrial mineral.


The Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad played a critical role in the town’s early development and eventual decline.

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Post Office

Amargosa had two post offices, essential for communication in its early years, but both were short-lived.

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The Population of Armagosa Nevada

At its peak, about 350 people called Amargosa home, contributing to a vibrant community.


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Amargosa is set in the picturesque desert landscape of Nye County, Nevada.

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Today, Amargosa’s legacy lives on in its remaining structures, like the Amargosa Opera House, and in the stories of its past residents. It’s a haunting yet fascinating glimpse into Nevada’s mining history.

References Used

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