Blair Nevada Overview
The remnants of stone buildings and mill foundations are the only survivors of the once-thriving, but short-lived mining town.
The Pittsburgh-Silver Peak Gold Mining Company built a 100-stamp mill here in 1907 as well as a railroad to the Tonopah & Goldfield main line.
The town included a post office, a mercantile store, Patty Flannery’s Saloon and Hotel, the Elite Hotel, and other structures. The miners would dine at the Elite Hotel for $42 a month for three meals a day (equivalent to $1,300 in today’s dollars).
During the ten years in operation, the company produced over seven million dollars.
The ghost town is recognized as a Nevada State Marker.
- September 1906 – The new company secretly surveyed a new townsite in the district
- November 1906 – The weekly Press began publication and a post office was established
- November 8, 1906 – The post office opened
- 1907 – The Pittsburgh-Silver Peak Gold Mining Company built a 100-stamp mill west of Blair as well as a railroad to the Tonopah & Goldfield main line
- 1910 – The company absorbed the Silverpeak-Valcada and other mines and enlarged its mill
- December 8, 1916 – The post office closed
- October 1915 – Mill machinery was dismantled and moved to California once the low-grade ore could no longer be worked for a profit
November 8, 1906 – December 8, 1916
Silverpeak served the needs once the post office closed.
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Press was established in 1906.
Nevada Historical Marker Category
Nevada Historical Marker Type
Nevada Historical Marker Number
Blair Nevada is Nevada Historical Marker #174.
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37° 47′ 34.75″ N, 117° 38′ 57.34″ W
Nevada Historical Marker Transcription
The Pittsburgh-Silver Peak Gold Mining Company bought the major mines in the area in 1906. Land speculators at nearby Silver Peak bought up the land. As a result, the mining company surveyed a new townsite north of Silver Peak and named it Blair. The company built a 100-stamp mill in 1907. The company also constructed the 17 ½ mile Silver Peak railroad from Blair Junction to the Tonopah & Goldfield main line.
By 1920, Blair was all but deserted. The remnants of stone buildings and mill foundations are the only survivors of the once thriving, but short-lived, mining town.
STATE HISTORICAL MARKER No. 174
STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE
HAROLD C. HENDERSEN
- State Historic Preservation Office – Blair Nevada
- Paher, Stanley. Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, Howell-North Books, 1970, p. 422
- The Nevada State Writers Project Administration, Origin of Place Names Nevada, 1941, p. 30
- United States Geological Survey – Blair Nevada