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Discovering Nipton: A Journey Through Time in Nevada’s White Pine County

Nestled in the heart of White Pine County, Nevada, lies the enchanting ghost town of Nipton.

Once a thriving mining town, Nipton now stands as a testament to the rich history and rugged spirit of the Old West. This comprehensive travel guide will take you on a journey through time, unraveling the mysteries and captivating stories behind this fascinating town.

From its founding to its heyday and eventual decline, we will explore every aspect of Nipton’s past, providing a unique and immersive experience for history enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Nipton Nevada

Nipton Nevada Overview

Nipton is a ghost town located in White Pine County, Nevada. It was established as a mining town during the early 20th century and has since been abandoned. Today, the town attracts visitors interested in exploring its remnants and learning about its rich history.

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Year Established/Founded

Nipton was established in the early 1900s.

Nipton Nevada History

Nipton was founded as a mining town during the early 20th century, with its origins tied to the various mines that were established in the surrounding area.

The name “Nipton” is believed to have been derived from the combination of the words “Nipper” and “Tin,” which were two of the primary minerals mined in the area.


  • Early 1900s: Nipton is founded as a mining town.
  • 1907: Nipton’s post office is established.
  • 1910-1920: The town experiences its peak population.
  • 1930s-1940s: Mining operations decline, leading to a decrease in population.
  • 1950s: The last remaining businesses close their doors.
  • Present day: Nipton remains a ghost town, attracting visitors interested in its history.


The primary minerals mined in the area were gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc.


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Post Office

The Nipton post office was established on February 23, 1907, and closed sometime in the mid-20th century.

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The Population of Nipton Nevada

At its peak during the 1910s and 1920s, Nipton’s population reached up to several hundred residents. However, the population has since dwindled, and the town is now considered a ghost town.


Nipton is situated at an elevation of approximately 6,000 feet above sea level.


Nipton is located in White Pine County, Nevada, in the eastern part of the state. The town is approximately 50 miles south of Ely, the county seat of White Pine County.

GPS Coordinates

The GPS coordinates for Nipton are approximately 39.2519° N, 114.8869° W.

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References Used

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