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Bowlerville Nevada

Bowlerville, a fleeting mining camp in Nye County, Nevada, offers a brief but intriguing glimpse into the mining history of the American West. Named after Fred Bowler, its existence was as short-lived as the dreams of prosperity it once harbored, with its population never exceeding fifteen residents.

Bowlerville Nevada

Bowlerville Nevada Overview

Emerging during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Bowlerville was typical of the numerous small mining camps that dotted Nye County, Nevada during the silver and gold rushes. Despite its potential, the camp’s modest size and limited resources led to its quick decline and eventual abandonment. Today, Bowlerville stands as a ghost town, with only minimal traces of its past, primarily marked by a small tailing pile from the Bowler mine.

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Year Established/Founded

Late 19th to early 20th century (exact year unknown)

Bowlerville Nevada History

Bowlerville’s brief history began and ended with mining activities in the area. Named after Fred or John Bowler, the camp primarily served the miners and their families with basic amenities. However, the decline in mining led to a rapid decrease in population, and the town was soon deserted.

Timeline

  • July 6, 1906 – SEVERE STORM IN SOUTHERN NEVADA Cloudburst and Heavy Winds Combine to Wreck the Little Town of Bowlerville! JOHNNIE, Nev., July 5 – During a severe storm last night a cloudburst which occurred twenty miles from here caused a washout and flooded the country. The wind blew at the rate of eighty miles. The train on the Las Vegas and Tonopah railway, due here at 4:30 last night, was delayed until 3 this morning. The town of Bowlerville, five miles from here, is a complete wreck. Lee Johnson, a mining man, was buried beneath the ruins but he was rescued after he had sustained slight injuries. [Reno Gazette-Journal – Reno, Nevada – 06 Jul 1906, Fri • Page 2]
  • Late 19th/Early 20th Century: Bowlerville is established.
  • Within 1.5 years of its establishment: The camp is abandoned as mining activities decline.

Mines

The area was known for silver and gold mining, but specific details about the mines in Bowlerville are not well-documented.

Railroads

Unknown at this time.

Post Office

None

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Newspaper

None

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The Population of Bowlerville Nevada

Never exceeded fifteen residents.

Elevation

3,763′

Location

Located in American Gulch a few miles south of the Johnnie Mine.

GPS Coordinates

36° 26′ 55.84″ N, 116° 2′ 59.11″ W

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Bowlerville today is a ghost town with no tangible structures remaining, a testament to the ephemeral nature of many mining camps in Nevada. Its story, though short, is part of the larger narrative of the mining era’s impact on the American West, highlighting the transient pursuit of wealth and the often temporary nature of such communities.

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