Currant, Nevada, is a small community located in the eastern part of the state. Although often overshadowed by nearby cities such as Ely and Elko, Currant has a rich history and natural beauty that are sure to captivate visitors. In this article, we will take a closer look at the history, landmarks, and attractions that make Currant a hidden gem in the Nevada desert.
Currant Nevada Overview
It was also referred to as Currant Creek, Butterfield Marsh, Railroad Valley, Railroad Valley Marsh, and Silverton. Although some consider these separate mining districts.
The town is situated in a remote and sparsely populated area, surrounded by mountains, valleys, and vast stretches of open desert.
Currant Nevada History
Like many other towns in the area, Currant owes its existence to the mining industry. Silver, gold, and other minerals were extracted from the nearby mountains, and the town grew rapidly to support the industry. Ranching and agriculture also played an important role in the town’s economy. Today, Currant is a small, peaceful community that is home to a handful of residents and a variety of natural attractions.
- Late 1800s: Currant is established during the mining boom.
- Early 1900s: Ranching and agriculture become important industries in the area.
- Mid-1900s: The town experiences a decline in population as mining activity wanes.
- 1980s: The construction of nearby highways leads to an increase in tourism to the area.
Gold, lead, copper, tungsten, magnesite, uranium, and fluorspar.
There are no major railroads that run through Currant.
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The Population of Currant Nevada
According to the latest census data, the population of Currant is less than 50.
The town has an elevation of approximately 6,900 feet (2,100 meters) above sea level.
From Tingley: This district encompasses the southern White Pine Range, the Horse Range, and the northernmost part of the Grant Range. Kral (1951) included Railroad Valley (Butterfield)
Marsh along with Silverton, to the west, in a large Currant district. Deposits of magnesite occur in the White Pine County part of the district.
Currant is located at 39.4256° N latitude and 114.9103° W longitude.
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- Tingley, Joseph V., Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Report 47 – Mining Districts of Nevada, page 66