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Golden Arrow Nevada

Golden Arrow, nestled in Nye County, Nevada, is a captivating ghost town with a unique beginning and a typical boom-and-bust story. Discovered by two unlikely prospectors, it briefly shone as a symbol of the relentless quest for mineral wealth in the early 20th century.

Golden Arrow Nevada

Golden Arrow Nevada Overview

Golden Arrow’s history is marked by its rapid rise and fall in the mining industry. Established following significant gold discoveries in 1905, it experienced a brief period of prosperity with a hotel, stores, saloons, and a population of 200. However, the town’s decline was as swift as its rise, with its ore reserves depleting rapidly, leading to its abandonment and eventual fade into obscurity.

Golden Arrow was a mining district located in Nye County, Nevada that was also known as Blakes Camp.

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Year Established/Founded

Ore was discovered in 1904 and the mining district was established in 1905 or 1906.

Golden Arrow Nevada History

The town’s story began with a unique discovery by Claude and Marl Page, two deaf-mutes, who sold their claims for $45,000. This discovery led to the formation of the Golden Arrow Mining Company and the influx of other companies and individual miners.

The town included a wood-frame hotel, store, and saloons.

Timeline

  • October 1904 – Gold was discovered in the Golden Arrow district and within months a number of mines were in operation, exploiting high-grade gold/quartz veins to depths of up to around 400′. 
  • June 1905 – Gold was discovered in veins at Blake’s Camp, located about 3 miles to the northwest of the original Golden Arrow discoveries.
  • September 1905 – Ore was discovered by brothers Claude Augustine Page and Marl Ashton Page.
  • January 1906: Sale of the original claims and formation of the Golden Arrow Mining Company.
  • Late 1906 – The Golden Arrow Mining Company laid out a townsite.
  • 1907: Peak of development with various businesses and a population of 200.
  • 1909: Rapid decline of the town.
  • 1911: Short-lived revival bringing the population to 45.
  • September 1912: Population dwindles to just eight.
  • 1913 – 1980s: Limited mining activity.
  • 1942 – Gold production continued until the 1930s but then production declined until most mines were closed in 1942.
  • 1980s: Final disappearance of Golden Arrow.

Mines

Golden Arrow Mining Company: The primary company that led to the town’s establishment.

Railroads

A railroad was surveyed in 1906 to connect Golden Arrow to Tonopah and Ely, but it was never constructed.

Post Office

There is no record of a post office in Golden Arrow.

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Newspaper

No information on any newspapers based in Golden Arrow.

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The Population of Golden Arrow Nevada

Peaked at around 200 in 1907.

Elevation

5,939′

Location

From resources:

  1. Located 12 southwest of Clifford.
  2. The Golden 
  3. The Golden Arrow district is located on the western side of the northern Kawich Range about 40 miles southeast of Tonopah. The district covers the lower flanks of the range along the edge of Cactus Flat and includes the old camps of Golden Arrow and Blakes Camp. Blakes Camp was the original district name.
  4. The Golden Arrow property is located in south-central Nevada, approximately 40mi east of Tonopah on the western flank of the Kawich Range within the Golden Arrow mining district of central Nye County.

GPS Coordinates

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Today, Golden Arrow stands as a shadow of its brief, bustling past, with remnants like a headframe, collapsed structures, and mine shafts scattered across the landscape. It serves as a stark reminder of the transient nature of mining booms and the ephemeral dreams of fortune-seekers. The only signs of life now are the wild animals that roam its silent streets, a poignant symbol of nature reclaiming its space.

Photos and Videos

Tonopah Bonanza · Butler, Nevada · Saturday, November 25, 1905

Golden Arrow

W. G. Cotter, who is one of the big mine-owners of Golden Arrow, the new camp on the western slope of the Ka- wich range, was, in Tonopah Wednesday on his way to the coast. Mr. Cotter says Golden Arrow has a future and good one. Thirty men are actively at work in that BeHion and Mr. Cotter has been actively engaged in developing his group of twlve claims, for several months. He has seven ledges on his ground, which he has prospected for quite a distance on the surface. The ledges are wide, one of them being 80 feet and the values range from $23 to $82. Mr. Cotter owns the water rights in Longstrect canyon and they will fer-nish all of the water required for extensive mining and milling purposes, Golden Arrow is a coming section the great Kawich range.

Tonopah Bonanza · Butler, Nevada · Saturday, December 15, 1906

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Golden Arrow Nevada