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Illipah Ghost Town: Reliving the Past in the Heart of Nevada’s Mining Country

Welcome to Illipah, a ghost town nestled in the heart of White Pine County, Nevada.

Once a bustling mining town, Illipah is now a window into the past, offering a glimpse of what life was like during the heyday of the American mining industry.

Whether you’re a history buff or simply seeking a unique adventure, Illipah is a must-see destination for anyone exploring Nevada’s mining country.

Illipah Nevada

Illipah Nevada Overview

Illipah was founded in the late 19th century as a mining town, with the discovery of gold, silver, and lead in the surrounding mountains. The town grew rapidly and was home to several mines, a post office, a school, and other amenities.

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Year Established/Founded

Illipah was established in 1877.

Illipah Nevada History

Illipah was named after the Illipah Mining District, which was named after a Native American term meaning “place of many springs.” The town quickly became a hub for mining activity, with several mines operating in the area. In the early 20th century, Illipah experienced a decline in mining activity, and by the 1930s, the town was all but abandoned.


  • 1877: Illipah is established as a mining town.
  • Late 19th century: Several mines, including the Silver King, the Queen of the Hills, and the Blue Bull, begin operations in the area.
  • Early 20th century: Illipah experiences a decline in mining activity.
  • 1930s: The town is abandoned.


  • Silver King Mine: silver
  • Queen of the Hills Mine: gold
  • Blue Bull Mine: lead


Illipah was not served by any railroads.

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Post Office

Illipah had a post office that operated from 1881 to 1936.

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There were no newspapers published in Illipah.

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The Population of Illipah Nevada

At its peak, Illipah had a population of around 500.


Illipah sits at an elevation of 6,444 feet (1,964 meters) above sea level.


Illipah is located in White Pine County, Nevada, approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Ely.

GPS Coordinates

39.1433° N, 114.8069° W

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References Used

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