Awakening, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Humboldt County, Nevada, is a captivating ghost town shrouded in history and mystery.
Discover its forgotten stories as we delve deep into its past, from its establishment and once-thriving mining industry to the gradual decline that turned it into the enigmatic destination it is today.
Awakening Nevada Overview
Once a prosperous mining town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Awakening has since become a ghost town, leaving behind an eerie yet intriguing atmosphere.
Awakening was founded in 1906.
Awakening Nevada History
The origins of Awakening date back to the discovery of gold and silver deposits in the area in the early 1900s. The name “Awakening” comes from the surge of mining activity and the rapid growth that occurred following the discoveries, as if the area had been awakened from a long slumber. The town flourished during the early 20th century but was eventually abandoned as the mines ran dry.
- 1906: Awakening is founded following the discovery of gold and silver deposits.
- April 15, 1907: The post office opened.
- 1907-1910: The town experiences its peak years with several mines operating in the area.
- 1913: The population begins to decline as some mines start to close.
- December 31, 1918: The post office closed
- 1920s-1930s: The remaining mines are gradually depleted, and the town is abandoned.
- Awakening Mine: Gold and Silver
- Big Four Mine: Gold
- Silver Star Mine: Silver
While there were no railroads directly serving Awakening, the town relied on nearby rail lines for transportation of goods and people. The closest railroad was the Nevada Northern Railway, which connected Ely and Elko, Nevada, and passed through nearby towns.
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The Awakening Post Office opened on April 15, 1907, and closed on December 31, 1918.
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There is no record of a newspaper published specifically for Awakening. However, the town’s news and events were likely covered by newspapers in nearby towns, such as the Humboldt Star in Winnemucca, Nevada.
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The Population of Awakening Nevada
At its peak in the early 1910s, the population of Awakening was estimated to be around 500 people.
Awakening is located at an elevation of approximately 6,000 feet (1,829 meters).
The ghost town of Awakening is situated in Humboldt County, Nevada, in the western part of the state.
The GPS coordinates for Awakening are 41.3067° N, 118.5477° W.
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