Nestled in the vast expanse of Nevada’s high desert landscape, Ione is a captivating testament to the Silver State’s rich mining history. Once a bustling hub of activity, this small town has stood the test of time, offering a glimpse into a bygone era. Discover the history, charm, and intrigue of Ione as we delve into its past, unearthing the treasures that lie beneath its dusty façade.
Ione Nevada Overview
Ione, Nevada is a small, semi-ghost town located in Nye County, enveloped by the picturesque Shoshone Mountains. Established in the 1860s during Nevada’s mining boom, Ione was once a thriving center of activity, boasting a diverse population drawn to the promise of mineral wealth. Today, the town is a fascinating destination for history buffs and adventure seekers alike, providing a window into the mining industry’s storied past.
- 1863: Ione was founded following the discovery of silver in the nearby Union Mining District.
- 1864: The town was officially established and quickly grew in population, boasting saloons, a post office, a newspaper, and other amenities.
- 1868: Ione’s post office was established, and the town reached its peak population of about 600 residents.
- 1870s: Mining activity began to decline, and many residents left in search of new opportunities.
- 1905: The Ione & Tonopah Railroad was constructed, providing a short-lived resurgence in the town’s economy.
- 1912: The railroad ceased operations, and Ione’s population dwindled further.
- Present day: Ione remains a small, semi-ghost town, attracting visitors interested in its rich history and picturesque surroundings.
Ione’s nearby mines were primarily focused on silver, which was discovered in the Union Mining District. However, the area also yielded other valuable minerals, including gold, lead, and copper.
Ione’s post office was established in 1868
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The newspaper, the Ione Gazette, was published from 1864 to 1865.
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The Population of Ione
At its peak in the late 1860s, Ione had a population of around 600 residents. The current population is estimated to be under 100 people.
Ione is situated at an elevation of approximately 6,100 feet (1,859 meters) above sea level.
Ione is located in Nye County, Nevada, approximately 150 miles (241 kilometers) east of Reno and 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of the town of Austin.
The GPS coordinates for Ione, Nevada are 38.5133° N, 117.1050° W.
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Nevada Historical Marker Number
Ione Nevada is Nevada Historical Marker #159.
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Nevada Historical Marker Transcription
American Indians lived in Ione Valley for at least 5,000 years.
In 1863, European Americans discovered silver, and in 1864, Ione City was the first county seat of the newly created Nye County. Over 600 people worked in the prosperous town until a promising ore body in Belmont attracted most of the miners in 1865, capturing the county seat in 1867.
Alternately prosperous and poor yet never completely deserted; Ione suffered mining depressions, milling difficulties, and the loss of miners to other rich strikes throughout its history.
STATE HISTORICAL MARKER NO. 159
STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE