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Grantsville Nevada

Grantsville, Nevada, encapsulates a unique story in the mining history of the American West. Established with hopes high during the gold rush era, it serves as a reminder that not all that glitters leads to gold. Situated in Nye County, Grantsville’s history speaks more of ambitious promotion schemes than of abundant gold finds.
Grantsville Nevada

Grantsville Nevada Overview

Grantsville was a mining camp that sprung up in the mid-19th century, driven by the discovery of gold by P. A. Haven. However, it quickly became apparent that its gold-bearing potential was overstated, leading to an early decline.

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Year Established/Founded

The camp began around 1863 or 1864, along with the nearby Union and North Union mining districts.

Grantsville Nevada History

Named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant, Grantsville’s initial development was propelled by P. A. Haven, who, after promoting its potential, sold his claim and left town. The town witnessed brief revival periods but never achieved sustained success.


  • 1863/1864: Grantsville camp started.
  • 1877: The Alexander Company built a 20-stamp mill.
  • 1880: The mill was expanded to 40 stamps.
  • 1881: The Alexander Company ceased operations.
  • Late 1800s – 1920s: Periodic small revivals.
  • 1939: A 50-ton flotation mill built at the Silver Palace mines.
  • 1945 – 1947: Final active period, focusing on lead production for the war effort.


Grantsville’s mining was marked by initial excitement but shallow veins led to its quick decline.


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Post Office

Operated from February 3, 1879, to October 31, 1901.

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The Grantsville Sun and the Grantsville Bonanza were local newspapers.

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The Population of Grantsville Nevada

The population peaked at around 800 in 1879, but declined sharply thereafter.


Grantsville is situated at an elevation of 7,024 feet (2,141 m).


  • Nearest Town: Close to Ione Valley, Nevada.
  • County: Nye County.

GPS Coordinates

38° 50′ 44″N, 117° 34′ 24″W.

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Photos and Videos

Presently, Grantsville is marked by extensive ruins of its mining operations, including mill ruins, old foundations, and sunken areas where buildings once stood. The site, accessible by 2WD vehicles, offers a glimpse into the once-hopeful mining community.

Grantsville serves as a poignant example of the boom-and-bust cycles characteristic of mining towns. Its ruins, nestled in the scenic Shoshone Mountains, tell a story of ambition, fleeting success, and eventual decline, making it an intriguing destination for those interested in the legacy of Nevada’s mining era

References Used

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