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Jessup Nevada

Jessup Nevada

Jessup Nevada Overview

Located 34 miles north of Fallon in Churchill County, Nevada, Jessup was also known as White Canyon, Cooper Valley, New Virginia, and Sebastopol.

Briefly known as White Canyon, Jessup was founded in 1908 after silver and gold mines were claimed. All that remains today are a few dilapidated wood buildings and abandoned mines.

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Year Established/Founded


Jessup Nevada History

The town included grocery stores, lumber yards, saloons, and a meat market. 

From the 1923 publication:

The district was discovered in 1908 and has made small shipments of gold ores and silver ores intermittently since that date.

Diatomaceous earth deposits occur both to the N. and to the S. of Jessup, and small shipments have been made from the latter locality according to a letter from J. T. Reid.


  • February 1908 – Initial claims discovered
  • March 1908 – Post office opens
  • 1909 – The boom died out
  • July 1912 – Post office closed


Gold, silver, diatomaceous earth

Post Office

March 1908 – July 1912


  • Edward H Francis – Jessup, Churchill, Nevada – March 18, 1908
  • Simona Aguirre – Jessup, Churchill, Nevada – December 13, 1909
  • Benton D Rice – Jessup, Churchill, Nevada – September 14, 1911

View the list and history of Nevada Post Offices.



GPS Coordinates

39° 56′ 54.67″ N, 118° 52′ 29.57″ W

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Photos and Videos

Reno Gazette-Journal · Reno, Nevada · Monday, February 17, 1908


Reno Gazette-Journal · Reno, Nevada · Tuesday, February 18, 1908

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