Barcelona Nevada Overview
Located 10 miles west of Belmont and 20 miles north of Manhattan in Nye County, Nevada is the ghost town of Barcelona.
Also known as the Spanish Belt, Spanish Gap, and Meadow Canyon.
Today there are a few rock ruins in the area marking where the mining town.
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Discovered in 1867 and organized in 1875.
Barcelona Nevada History
Silver was found as early as 1867 in the Spanish Belt District but there was not a lot of development until 1874 when the camp was established after the opening of five large mines. Construction started and the town included a blacksmith shop, store, assay office, and three boardinghouses.
The population reached approximately 150 residents and in 1874 the Austin-Belmont state was rerouted to serve the new town.
The town faded by the end of 1877 once the ore ran out and the camp was deserted.
There were several “revivals” of the town over the years but none that produced anything significant.
One document I found on the NMBG library site states that the area was active from 1870 – 1879 and then from 1920 – 1922.
Tingley states: Originally named the Spanish Belt district when it was organized in 1875 and separated from the Philadephia district which included both the present Belmont and Barcelona districts. Barcelona and Meadow Canyon, northeast of Barcelona, are sometimes included within the Belmont district. Lawrence (1963) described a Spanish Gap district located between Belmont and Round Mountain.
The Population of Barcelona Nevada
At the height of the town, the population was about 150 residents.
- 43 residents and 37 households – 1880 United States Federal Census, Nevada, Nye County, Barcelona, District 033
Situated 7a miles from Belmont, between Belmont and Manhattan, the district is located on the southeastern side of Shoshone Mountain and includes the area at the head of Silver Creek, all of Antone Canyon, and extends east to include the Corcoran Canyon area.
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