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Danville Nevada

Danville, Nevada, a ghost town rich in silver mining history, lies secluded in the Toquima Range. Its story is one of sporadic booms and enduring silences, emblematic of the fickle nature of mining towns.

Danville Nevada

Danville Nevada Overview

Located remotely along Danville Creek in Nye County, Nevada, Danville’s journey began in 1866 with the discovery of silver. It experienced periods of activity and abandonment, echoing the volatile spirit of mining ventures. Today, Danville stands as a quiet testament to these fluctuating fortunes, preserved by its isolation.

Also, known as Chloride.

There was a mine known as Danville in Spring Valley, Devil’s Gate Mining District which makes picking through resources a bit difficult but we are working on it.

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The History of Nye County
Things to Do in Nye County, Nevada
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Year Established/Founded

April 1866

Danville Nevada History
Danville emerged in response to silver deposits found in 1866. Its initial development in 1870 was marked by a surge of miners, but activity dwindled by 1882, leaving only a handful of residents. A brief resurgence in 1883 was followed by a long hiatus until 1909. World War II rekindled interest in the area for its mineral resources, with the last ore shipment in 1949. Since then, Danville has remained untouched, shielded by its remoteness.

This incredibly remote mining district was discovered in the mid-1860s but didn’t get started for several years. We are still looking for unique information to share but it’s hard to find with other districts with the same name but we are digging for details!

Timeline

  • 1866: Discovery of silver ore in Danville.
  • 1870-1882: Initial mining activity with up to thirty miners.
  • 1883: New discovery reinvigorates mining for one year.
  • 1884-1909: Danville becomes a ghost town.
  • 1909-1914: Another phase of mining activity.
  • World War II: Revitalization due to mineral demand.
  • 1949: Final shipment of ore; end of mining activities.

Mines

Danville’s existence revolved around silver mining, with several periods of active mining punctuated by long stretches of inactivity.

Silver, gold, and antimony.

The recorded production was $31,212 but there was probably unreported significant production.

  1. Vestel, Young America, and Ponticulus
  2. Richmond
  3. Boston
  4. Zealous
  5. Argonaut

Railroads

Unknown at this time.

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Post Office

1883 – 1884

Frank H. P. Miller was appointed the postmaster of Danville on November 21, 1883.

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Newspaper

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The Population of Danville Nevada

Unknown at this time.

Elevation

7,484′

Location

From Tinlgey:

The Danville district is centered around Danville and Green Monster Canyons in the central Monitor Range.

The district extends north to include Clear Creek Canyon, and south-southwest about 15 miles to include the area west of the Daughtery Ranch.

Another reference from NBMG states:

The Danville mining district is located in the central part of the Monitor Range in Nye County approximately 100 km southwest of Eureka. The district is located on the east side of the mountain range; the workings are in middle and upper Paleozoic rocks exposed in the lower portions of the range. Most of the mines and prospects are located in Danville and Green Monster Canyons.

GPS Coordinates

38° 46′ 9.76″ N, 116° 31′ 6.25″ W

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Photos and Videos

Danville stands as a remote relic of Nevada’s silver mining era, its sparse ruins a testament to the fleeting prosperity of mining towns. Nestled in the Toquima Range, Danville’s history is etched into its few remaining stone structures, enduring in the quiet of the Nevada desert.

References Used

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Danville Nevada