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Discovering Amargosa, Nevada: A Quaint Town with a Rich History

Nestled in the remote Nevada desert, Amargosa is a small town with a big history. From mining and ranching to the performing arts, this community has a rich cultural heritage that is sure to captivate visitors. In this article, we will explore the history, landmarks, and natural beauty that make Amargosa a must-visit destination.

Amargosa Nevada

Amargosa Nevada Overview

Amargosa was a railroad siding town on the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad located in Nye County, Nevada.

The town is known for its proximity to the Amargosa River, the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and the Old Spanish Trail, among other attractions.

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Year Established/Founded

Amargosa was founded in the late 1800s, during the height of the mining boom in Nevada.

Amargosa Nevada History

Amargosa has a rich and diverse history that dates back to prehistoric times. The town was once inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Southern Paiutes and the Timbisha Shoshone. In the 1800s, the area saw a surge in mining activity, with gold, silver, and copper being the primary resources. Ranching also played a significant role in the town’s economy.


  • Late 1800s: Amargosa is founded during the mining boom.
  • Early 1900s: Ranching becomes a significant industry in the area.
  • 1960s: Marta Becket establishes the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, which becomes a popular tourist attraction.
  • 2005: A flash flood devastates the town, leading to a massive rebuilding effort.


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The nearest major railroad to Amargosa is the Union Pacific Railroad, which runs through nearby Las Vegas.

Post Office

March 21, 1901 – May 15, 1905

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The Population of Amargosa Nevada

As of the 2020 census, the population of Amargosa was 1,368.




72 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

GPS Coordinates

36° 34′ 10.84″ N, 116° 9′ 30.13″ W

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