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Discovering Cocomongo: The Forgotten Jewel of White Pine County

Welcome to Cocomongo, Nevada! Hidden in the heart of White Pine County lies a lesser-known ghost town with a rich history waiting to be explored. Once a thriving mining community, Cocomongo has since been reclaimed by nature, leaving behind remnants of its past for curious visitors to uncover. Immerse yourself in the story of this enigmatic town as we delve into its fascinating history, from its establishment to its ultimate decline.

Cocomongo Nevada

Cocomongo Nevada Overview

Cocomongo, located in White Pine County, Nevada, is a ghost town with a mining history that dates back to the late 19th century.

Although it has been largely forgotten, the town remains an intriguing destination for history buffs and adventurers alike.

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Year Established/Founded

Cocomongo was established in the 1870s.

Cocomongo Nevada History

The town of Cocomongo was founded in response to the discovery of valuable ore deposits in the area. The origin of the name “Cocomongo” is not well-documented, but it may have been derived from a local Native American term. The town quickly became a bustling mining community, attracting miners, businessmen, and families alike.


  • 1870s: Cocomongo was established following the discovery of valuable ore deposits.
  • Late 1800s: The town experienced rapid growth, with several mines and businesses operating in the area.
  • Early 1900s: Mining activity began to decline as ore deposits were depleted.
  • Mid-1900s: The remaining residents gradually left the town, and Cocomongo became a ghost town.


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Post Office

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The Population of Cocomongo Nevada

At the height of its prosperity, Cocomongo’s population reached a few hundred residents. However, this number dwindled as the town’s mining industry declined.


Cocomongo is situated at an elevation of approximately 6,200 feet (1,890 meters) above sea level.


Cocomongo is located in White Pine County, Nevada. The nearest major town is Ely, which is approximately 60 miles (97 km) to the northeast.

GPS Coordinates

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References Used

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