Goldyke, Nevada, now a ghost town, was once a small but lively mining camp situated near Atwood. Established in 1906, it was part of a mining strike that spurred the development of neighboring areas. Today, it stands as a silent testament to the ephemeral nature of mining booms in the early 20th century.
Goldyke Nevada Overview
Goldyke, a mile southeast of Atwood, was a hub of mining activity, complete with a saloon, gambling hall, and a red-light district. Though smaller than Atwood, it played its part in the mining frenzy of the era.
The townsite of Goldyke was platted in 1905, with significant development starting in 1906.
Goldyke Nevada History
Goldyke emerged alongside the mining excitement in the region. It boasted various establishments including a saloon, gambling hall, and a post office, becoming a bustling community despite its small size.
- 1905: Townsite platted.
- 1906: Official establishment of Goldyke.
- 1907: Auto line established between Goldyke and Luning.
- 1910: Post office and the town itself closed down.
Goldyke was part of the mining strike that also led to the establishment of Atwood, but the veins in the area turned out to be quite shallow.
Goldyke was connected to Mina and the Carson and Colorado Railway Depot via stage lines from Atwood.
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Operated from January 1906 to October 1910.
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The Daily Sun was Goldyke’s local newspaper.
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The Population of Goldyke Nevada
Goldyke was smaller than its neighbor Atwood, with a population centered around its mining activities.
- Closest Town: South of Gabbs, Nevada.
- County: Nye County.
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Today, Goldyke’s remains are sparse, including a partially collapsed building and the ruins of a five-stamp mill. Scattered debris hints at past activity, but the town is largely a relic of a bygone era.
Goldyke serves as a poignant reminder of the fleeting prosperity of mining towns. Its remains, though meager, tell a story of hope, enterprise, and the inevitable decline that many such towns faced. Visiting Goldyke offers a unique glimpse into the history of Nevada’s mining past, where dreams soared high and faded just as quickly.
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- Paher, Stanley (1970), Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, Howell-North Books
- Tingley, Joseph V., Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Report 47 – Mining Districts of Nevada
- United States Geological Survey