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Averill Nevada

Averill Nevada

Averill Nevada Overview

Averill was a townsite in Churchill County, Nevada.

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Year Established/Founded


Averill Nevada History

The townsite was named for Roger Averill, President of the Connecticut & Nevada Silver Mining Company.

There is not a lot of information easily found in books and newspapers but we will continue our hunt and update this article once we have more information on the history of Averill.


  • 1864 – Ten stamp mill erected 
  • 1865 – Townsite established
  • 1866 – Twenty stamp mill erected
  • 1869 – The townsite is abandoned



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The Population of Averill Nevada

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Transcription of the content from above:

Mountain Wells Mining District – Averill – Churchill County – Nevada

Connecticut and Nevada Silver Mining Company

The Connecticut and Nevada Company have erected a ten stamp steam mill with sufficient power for ten additional stamps. No furnaces built yet. This company are prosecuting the work on their mines; their aim being to obtain ore in sufficient quantities to keep their mill going when they start up. They have already ascertained that the quality is satisfactory. This company own ten ledges in this district and have been working on three of the number: the Satellite, Vermont, and Washington. Some 2,000 feet of shafts and tunnels have already been run. Their work at the present is being expended on one ledge with the view of getting to the water level. Rock from this ledge near the surface face has worked from $35 to $135 per ton and at a depth of 140 feet has assayed upward of $1,600. This company owns the town site of Averill and two wood ranches containing over 2,000 acres.

  1. “Annual Report of the Surveyor General of the State of Nevada.” 1866 by S. H. Marlette


One would have to dig deep into Churchill County records to find a reference to Averill. But have been at the dump site, I can tell you where it is. It is in down the canyon towards the current Highway 40 or old east-west wagon road. It is far enough from La Plata to require a small mining camp for the mines here.

  1. Fred Holabird

The following description was on the original site of the image above and the description below.

AND signed by president Averill!!! The mine owned the mining camp of Averill which was in the canyon below the county seat of La Plata, Churchill County. This certificate is signed by president Roger Averill, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut. No coincidence here. # 78 for 500 shares to H. S. Harrison on October 20, 1865. Signed by secretary F. M. Wheeler(?) and president Roger Averill. Located in the Mountain Wells district, Churchill County, Nevada. Issued in payment for mining property. 25c Certificate revenue stamp. Pre-stamped with circular October 14th stamp. Minor issues (nick top center, small tear bottom left), but overall extremely nice! Two underground mining vignettes. Fred Mayer & Co., lithographer, New York. The Connecticut and Nevada had seven ledges and were working on three: the Satellite, Vermont, and Washington. They had 2,000 feet of tunnels and shafts. Rock near the surface assayed at $30 to $135 and at one hundred and forty feet $1,500 a ton. The Mountain Wells district is usually referred to as the La Plata district. Includes more information on the mine, rare camp, and Averill. Date: 1865 Country (if not USA): State: Nevada City: Averill, Churchill Provenance: Joe Elcano Nevada Mining Stock Collection

References Used

  • Paher, Stanley, (2009), Nevada Ghost Towns and Desert Atlas
  • – Connecticut and Nevada Silver Mining Company
  • Marlette, S. H., (1866), Annual Report of the Surveyor General of the State of Nevada, pages 64-65

Averill Nevada