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Exploring Swansea: Nevada’s Haunting Desert Treasure

Discover the fascinating history and haunting beauty of Swansea, a hidden gem tucked away in the vast landscapes of White Pine County, Nevada.

Once a thriving mining town, this ghost town now serves as a captivating destination for history buffs, adventure seekers, and photographers alike.

Uncover the secrets of Swansea’s past as you journey through the indelible marks left by its mining operations and early inhabitants.

Swansea Nevada

Swansea Nevada Overview

Swansea is a ghost town located in White Pine County, Nevada, established during the mining boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Its rich history, coupled with its remote and scenic surroundings, make Swansea an intriguing destination for those interested in exploring the remnants of Nevada’s mining heritage.

Learn more about Ghost Town in Nevada and Ghost Towns in the Southwest.

Year Established/Founded

Swansea was founded in 1869, during the peak of mining activities in the region.

Swansea Nevada History

Originally established as a mining camp, Swansea grew to support a variety of mining operations in the area, including silver, gold, and copper extraction.

The town was named after Swansea, Wales, which was known for its copper smelting industry at the time.


  • 1869: Swansea was founded as a mining camp.
  • 1870-1890s: Swansea experiences growth due to silver, gold, and copper mining operations.
  • Early 1900s: Mining activities start to decline as mineral resources are depleted.
  • Mid-20th century: Swansea is abandoned and eventually becomes a ghost town.


Names of Mines and Commodities:

  • Swansea Silver Mine: Silver
  • Swansea Gold Mine: Gold
  • Swansea Copper Mine: Copper


The Nevada Northern Railway served Swansea and the surrounding mining operations, providing transportation for goods and passengers in the region.

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Post Office

Swansea’s post office was established on July 15, 1870, and it operated until November 15, 1914.

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There is no record of a specific newspaper being published in Swansea.

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The Population of Swansea Nevada

At its peak, Swansea was home to around 500 residents.


Swansea is situated at an elevation of approximately 6,230 feet above sea level.


Swansea is located in White Pine County, Nevada, in the remote desert landscape of eastern Nevada.

GPS Coordinates

39.4725° N, 114.7458° W

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References Used

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