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Nevada Ghost Towns

Nevada Ghost Towns

In the old west, there was a boom and then there was a bust. With the bust came deserted towns with some still standing.

If you want to explore some off-the-beaten-path types of attractions in Nevada, maybe a ghost tour is of interest to you.

There are over 600 known ghost towns and “semi-ghost towns” in Nevada; the list below is long and as we build out the details on each one, we will provide a link below.

If you are searching for a ghost town in Nevada but do not know the county, use the search function at the top of our site to find the ghost town you are wanting to find.

Please note, most of these old mining districts and ghost towns require four-wheel drive and/or high-clearance vehicles. Also, they may now be on private land so be sure to research before you go.

Did we miss your favorite ghost town in Nevada? If so, comment below to share with others!

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Additionally, several of these towns like many others are near dangerous mines.
Never enter abandoned mining caves or structures. Also, be aware of on public lands or private property.

Abandoned building in Rhyolite ghost town in Nevada

Below are the “conditions” of the site to determine which type of site it is (from Wikipedia):

Ghost towns can include sites in various states of disrepair and abandonment. Some sites no longer have any trace of buildings or civilization and have reverted to empty land. Other sites are unpopulated but still have standing buildings. Still, others may support full-time residents, though usually far fewer than at their historical peak, while others may now be museums or historical sites.

For ease of reference, the sites listed have been placed into one of the following general categories.

Barren site
  • The site is no longer in existence
  • The site has been destroyed, covered with water, or has reverted to empty land
  • May have at most a few difficult-to-find foundations/footings
Neglected site
  • Little more than rubble remains at the site
  • Dilapidated, often roofless buildings remain at the site
Abandoned site
  • Buildings or houses still standing, but all or almost all are abandoned
  • No population, with the possible exception of a caretaker
  • The site is no longer in use, except for one or two buildings
Semi-abandoned site
  • Buildings or houses still standing, but most are abandoned
  • A few residents may remain
Historic site
  • Buildings or houses still standing
  • The site has been converted into a historical site, museum, or tourist attraction
  • Still a busy community, but the population is smaller than in its peak years

Churchill County Nevada Ghost Towns

Create November 25, 1861, by the legislature of Nevada Territory which organized the first nine counties. The boundaries have undergone various changes. The name was derived from Fort Churchill, which was named for Captain Charles C. Churchill. 

The county is in west central Nevada and is bounded by Pershing County on the north, Lander County on the east, Mineral, Lyon, and Nye Counties to the south, and Washoe County and Lyon Counties to the west. 

  1. Alpine – A mining district organized in 1864, north of Eastgate. named for the Clan Alpine Range.
  2. Bell Mountain – A mining district 43 miles southeast of Fallon, which was possibly named for Charles Bell, prospector of the district.
  3. Bermond Station aka Frenchman – Founded in 1904, it was named for Aime “Frenchy” Bermond who was a French immigrant. The site was also known as Frenchman or “Frenchy’s from 1906 – 1920 and later as Bermond Station from 1920 – 1926.
  4. Bernice – A mining district on the east side of Dixie Valley, 60 miles northeast of Fallon. Named for a miner’s sweetheart.
  5. Bolivia – A mining district east of Stillwater Range, near the Pershing County line, north of Boyer and the Humboldt Salt Marsh.
  6. Boyer – A mining district about or near Table Mountain. Named for Alva Boyer, the discoverer of copper ore on Table Mountain.
  7. Broken Hills – A mining district between Fairview and Ellsworth Ranges in southeastern Churchill County, extending into Nye County. So named for the character of the surrounding district.
  8. Browns – A mining district on the Pershing County border. Named for Brown’s Station, which was for the proprietor in 1870.
  9. Camp Terril
  10. Canyon
  11. Carroll – A mining district T 16 NR 38 E, and a summit on the boundary line between Lander and Churchill Counties.
  12. Carson – A river formerly emptying into Carson Lake, now into Lahontan Reservoir. Lieutenant John C. Fremont named it for his guide Kit Carson with other features named for the river. 
  13. Carson Sink Station
  14. Casket
  15. Castle Rock Station
  16. Chalk Mountain -A mining district in T 17 NR 34 E named for the geological and mineral character of the hill.
  17. Chalk Wells
  18. Clan Alpine – An early mining district, which was named for Scotch clan.
  19. Cold Springs
  20. Cold Springs Station
  21. Coppereid
  22. Copper Kettle –  A mining district, the main metal copper, located in Copper Kettle or Grime Canyon on the west slope of the Stillwater Range, discovered in 1908 and named for the canyon.
  23. Cotonwood
  24. Cottonwood Canyon – A mining district in the northeastern part of the county, 44 miles from Boyer’s Ranch. Discovered in 1861 and named for the characteristic tree.
  25. Desert: A mining district on Soda Flat, west of Parran, a range in the southwest corner of the county, in the Hot Springs Range west of Soda Flat. Named from the character of the country.
  26. Desatoya – A mountain range running through three counties. It forms the southeast boundary between Churchill and Landers Counties. Students first thought the name came from the Spanish word “desatollar” meaning to get out of the mud but it seems more likely a Paiute word meaning “big black mountain.”
  27. Dixie Marsh – A mining district east of Stillwater Range in the northeastern part of the county, organized in 1861 and active until 1868. A favorite name used by Southern sympathizers.
  28. Dixie Valley – Named by Southern Sympathizers, the abandoned town of Dixie was established at the head of Dixie Valley in 1861 and was acquired in 1995 by the US Navy for the Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC).
  29. Dry Lake – Between Clan Alpine Mountains and New Pass Range in the eastern part of the country. Named because of the scarcity of water in the lake most of the year.
  30. Eagle Marsh – A mining district on the old line of the Central Pacific in northwest Churchill County. B. F. Leete established a salt works there in 1871. Named for an eagle’s nest in the vicinity.
  31. Eagleville – A mining district 64 miles southwest of Fallon, organized in 1905. Named for an eagle’s nest in the vicinity.
  32. East Gate – A town and mining district on the west slope of the Desatoya Range near the Lander County line. The mountain comes close together to form a pass into the valley, for which the town is named.
  33. Fairview – The discovery of silver in 1905 helped found Fairview which was prosperous until 1912 with the post office closing in May 1919. One of the few remnants of the old town is the bank vault from the first town site’s bank, which can be seen from the nearby Austin-Lincoln Highway.
  34. Jessup – 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. Jessup is home to Nevada’s tallest radio tower, Shamrock-Jessup, which is home to six radio stations.
  35. Lahontan City – Active from 1911 – 1915, the city was established to house the workers who lived there to build the Lahontan Dam.
  36. La Plata – Named for the Spanish word for “the silver,” La Plata, is located in the Stillwater Mountains near Mountain Wells, not much remains other than the old courthouse walls.
  37. Miriam 
  38. Nevada City – It was founded in 1916 as a socialist community known as the Nevada Cooperative Colony, but due to misleading advertising, mismanagement, and possibly dubious financial dealings by the Nevada Colony Corporation’s directors, who were connected with the similar Llano del Rio colony near Los Angeles, the project folded in 1919.
  39. Ocala 
  40. Parran – Established in 1910, this ghost town was home to a telegraph station and a post office, which closed in 1913.
  41. Ragtown – The name Ragtown came from the rags cast off by the tattered clothing of immigrants that were hung in bushes to dry after being washed. Abandoned in 1854, Ragtown was a trading post west of Fallon, Nevada.
  42. Salt Wells – Borax was discovered in Salt Wells, Nevada by William Throop who brought in the American Borax Company in 1870 to build plants to produce borax from the deposits found in the area. 
  43. Stillwater – A 19th-century ghost town, Stillwater was the county seat of Churchill County, Nevada until it was moved to Fallon, Nevada in 1903. Named after the sluggish waterway, Stillwater Slough, the town grew around the Pony Express stop.
  44. White Cloud City – Named for a canyon known for iron mines, White Cloud City was also known as Coppereid (coined by copper miner John T. Reid).
  45. White Plains – Named for the soda deposits from a nearby plain, White Plains was also known as While Plains Station and Whiteplains. Silver mining began in 1864 and a mill was established in 1864 but closed shortly after due to the shortage of fuel and water. Stone ruins are visible in the area.
  46. Wonder – Established in 1906, Wonder was an active mining town for over a decade and by 1919 the vines “dried up” and the town slowly became the ghost town it is today.

Clark County Nevada Ghost Towns

Clark County, Nevada is home to over 20 ghost towns.

  1. Alunite – A mining district at the southeast end of Las Vegas, at a low gap known as Railroad Pass, discovered in 1908 and was named for the alunite in the district.
  2. Arden – A mining district in Spring Mountain Range 5 miles west of the town that was discovered in 1909.
  3. Alturas – Located in the El Dorado Canyon, Alturas was a mining camp near the Techatticup Mine.
  4. Bard – A town on the Union Pacific Railroad southwest of Las Vegas that was established about 1905. Named after D. C. Bard, a natural scientist, mining engineer, and geologist. Bard is considered an “extinct” town.
  5. Big Muddy – A mining district near Overton named for the Muddy River.
  6. Bonelli’s Ferry – Named for Daniel Bonelli, a Mormon missionary, who discovered ore near there.
  7. Borax – A town on the Union Pacific Railroad near the western border of the county that was settled about 1905 and named for the borax deposits in this region.
  8. Buster Falls
  9. Byron – The first station southwest of Moapa on the Union Pacific Railroad.
  10. Callville – Established in 1864 by Anson Call, Dr. James Whitemoe, A. M. Cannon, and Jacob Hamblin and his son, the town was abandoned in 1869, Callville was submerged 400′ under Lake Mead when the Colorado River was dammed. Jacob Hamblin was well known in the Southwest and has an arch named after him located in Coyote Gulch.
  11. Charleston – A mining district 35 miles west of Las Vegas named by southerners in the district.
  12. Colorado City – A mining camp, Colorado City was established in 1861 and is now located at the mouth of El Dorado Canyon under Lake Mohave due to the construction of the Davis Dam in 1951.
  13. Crescent – A camp, mining district, and a peak in southern Clark County near the California-Nevada boundary line.
  14. El Dorado City – In 1839 gold and silver were discovered in Eldorado Canyon and almost $5 million was removed in the 40 years of operations. During its heyday, it achieved a reputation as one of the most notorious towns in the West.
  15. Gold Butte – Discovered in 1908 and named for free gold found at the surface.
  16. Goodsprings – A town on Nevada 53 that is 8 miles from Jean. Named for Joseph Good, a pioneer, who gave the name to the springs.
  17. Juan
  18. Louisville 
  19. Lucky Jim Camp 
  20. Nelson – A town in the El Dorado Canyon of the Opal Mountain about 26 miles southwest of Boulder Dam.  Settled in 1906 as a business center for the El Dorado Mining District. Named after Charles Nelson, an old prospector who was murdered by an Indian.
  21. Potosi – Site of Nevada’s oldest lode mine, with the discovery of lead deposits by Mormons from the Las Vegas Mission in 1856, the Potosi mine was a producer of lead, zinc, and silver well into the 20th century. Named for a lead mining town in southwestern Wisconsin that is of Spanish origin.
  22. Quartette
  23. Rioville
  24. Saint Joseph  
  25. San Juan  
  26. Searchlight – A town in southwest Clark County on US 95 about 24 miles from the California boundary. Ore was discovered in 1897. The town was probably named for Lloyd Searchlight, former owner of the Goldenrod group of claims.
  27. Simonsville 
  28. St. Thomas – Founded 8 Jan 1865 by Mormon settlers sent by Brigham Young to the confluence of the Muddy and Virgin Rivers, St. Thomas had fewer than 500 residents but was a popular stop along the Arrowhead Trail. The town and surrounding land were purchased by the Federal government in the 1930s to make way for Lake Mead, which led to most of the residents moving to nearby Overton. After the completion of Hoover Dam (then called Boulder Dam), the waters rose to cover the foundations of the town’s buildings, and when the lake was low, the remnants of St. Thomas are visible.
  29. Stone’s Ferry
  30. Sunset
  31. Tristate
  32. Ute

Douglas County, Nevada Ghost Towns

  1. Buckskin
  2. Bullionville – A mining district T 11 N R 22 E in the south end of the Pine Nut Range and named for the oar.
  3. Gardnerville – A town founded in 1880 18 miles south of Carson City in the northwest part of the county. Named for John Gardner, a rancher, by Lawrence Gilman, the founder.
  4. Genoa – The oldest settlement in Nevada on the west side of the Carson River, settled in 1848. Named by Judge Orson Hyde for the birthplace of Columbus.
  5. Glenbrook – A town in the northwest part of the county in a sheltered corner of the east central shore of Lake Tahoe that was settled in 1860. Named for a hotel “Glenbrook House” located there, in turn for the natural features.
  6. Holbrook – A mining district in the Pine Nut Range in southern Douglas County. Named for Mr. Charles Holbrook, one time proprietor of the station.

Elko County, Nevada Ghost Towns

Elko County, Nevada is home to over 80 ghost towns. 

  1. Afton
  2. Alazon – First station west of Wells on the Southern Pacific Railroad.
  3. Albama Mining District
  4. Alder – A mining district north of Gold Creek and northwest of Charleston. So named for the alder shrubs growing in the region.
  5. Arthur – A town on Nevada 11 that is 27 miles southeast of US 40 between the East Humboldt and Ruby Ranges. Settled in 1874 and named after Chester A. Arthur, the twenty-first president of the United States.
  6. Aura – A mining district 79 miles north of Elko, on the east slope of the bull Run Range. Discovered by Jesse Cope and his party in 1869. the name derived from the Latin aurum for gold.
  7. Battle Creek
  8. Bauvard
  9. Black Forest – A town between Wells and Currie on the eastern slope of Spruce Mountain that was settled in 1872 and named from dark appearance of trees.
  10. Blue Jacket
  11. Bootstrap
  12. Bruno City
  13. Buel
  14. Bull Run – A mining district in the Bull Run Mountains  and named after the famous battle of the Civil War.
  15. Bullion
  16. Burner – A mining district in northwest Elko County near the Humboldt County line named for J. F. Burner, an early prospector.
  17. Cave Creek
  18. Charleston – A town northwest of Deeth. Named for Tom Charles, a miner living there in 1896.
  19. Coal Canyon
  20. Cobre – A town on the end of the Nevada Northern Railroad on the Southern Pacific Railroad. Named for the copper deposits, from the Spanish word “Cobre” which means copper.
  21. Columbia – A mining district just north of Aura that was discovered in 1869.
  22. Contact – A town on a branch of the Union Pacific Railroad between Twin Falls, Idaho, and Wells, Nevada that was named for a mining term.
  23. Cornucopia
  24. Currie – A town on the Nevada Northern Railroad between Cobre and McGill that was named for Joseph H. Currie.
  25. Decoy
  26. Deeth – A town on the Southern Pacific Railroad, between Wells and Elko, a shipping point for the livestock country, settled in 1868 and named for the first settler by a Southern Pacific civil engineer.
  27. Delano – A mining district in the northeastern corner of Elko County, 35 miles north of Montello. Named for the old-time Elko County trapper.
  28. Delker – A mining district northwest of Currie, discovered in 1894.
  29. Dinner Station
  30. Divide – A mining district 8 miles northwest of Tuscarora at the head of Dry Creek. Named for the fact that the district is on the divide between Humboldt and Snake River basins.
  31. Dolly Varden
  32. Edgemont
  33. Elk Mountain – A mining district on the range named for the elk found there.
  34. Falcon
  35. Ferber
  36. Ferguson Springs
  37. Fort Halleck
  38. Gold Creek – A town 75 miles north of Elko and a mining district southwest of Mountain City.
  39. Good Hope
  40. Halleck – A town on the Southern Pacific Railroad, northeast of Elko on T 35 N R 59 E. Named in honor of General Henry W. Halleck, one-time commander of the Pacific Military Division.
  41. Harrison Pass
  42. Hicks District
  43. Hickneyville
  44. Hubbard
  45. Ivada
  46. Ivanhoe
  47. Jack Creek
  48. Jarbidge
  49. Jasper
  50. Jiggs – A town south of Elko on Nevaa 46. The name was given by Post Office Department to the settlement formerly called Hylton and Skelton, chosen from a list presented by residents of the locality. Named because of the bitter controversy over names.
  51. Kingsley
  52. Lamoille – Named for a French Canadian trapper who built a cabin on the creek and made it his headquarters in the 1850s.
  53. Lee – A town between Lamoille and Jiggs that was settled in 1863. Named for nearby Lee Creek by J. L. Martin. Lee Creek was named for General Robert E. Lee. 
  54. Lone Mountain – A mining district 28 miles northwest of Elko that was organized in 1869. Named because it rises above the main axis of the range.
  55. Metropolis – A town northwest of Wells that was settled in 1911 by the Metropolis Land Company under a land colonization pan that was not as successful as was hoped.
  56. Microna
  57. Midas – A town 43 miles west of Tuscarora on Nevada 18 that was settled in 1907. Named after the old legend of “King Midas and his Golden Touch.”
  58. Monarch Mine
  59. Montello – A town on the Southern Pacific Railroad just west of the Utah Line that was settled in 1869 and named by railroad officials.
  60. Mountain City – A town and mining district at the southeast corner of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation near the Idaho line that was settled in 1869 and named for its natural setting.
  61. Mud Springs – A mining district between Franklin and Ruby Lakes on the west and Currie to the east that was discovered n 1910 and named for the nearby springs.
  62. North Fork – A town on the north fork of the Humboldt River and on the Nevada 43 about 50 miles north of Elko.
  63. Patsville
  64. Proctor
  65. Rio Tinto – A mining camp near the Mountain City. Named by S. Frank Hunt discoverer of the Rio Tinto Mine, which he named for a mine in Spain. 
  66. Rowland – A town near the Idaho line between Jarbidge and Mountain City that was settled in 1889 by John B. Scott and named for Rowland Gill, a stockman, and settler of 1889.
  67. Ruby City
  68. Shafter – A town on the Western Pacific Railroad between Wells and Wendover that was named for General W. R. Shafter who was a commander in the US army in Cuba during the Spanish American War. 
  69. Sherman
  70. Silver Zone – A town on the Western Pacific Railroad between Shafter and Arnold.
  71. South Fork 
  72. Spruce Mountain – A mining district on the peak and named for the spruce trees of the region.
  73. Sprucemount – A town southwest of Spruce Mountain and 7 miles east of US 93.
  74. Starr King
  75. Stofiel
  76. Swalls Mountain – A peak in the Independence Range southwest of Monument Peak that was named for a prospector. Also spelled Swails.
  77. Tacoma
  78. Taylors
  79. Tecoma
  80. Toano
  81. Tobar – A town southeast of Wells on the West Pacific Railroad named for Captain Tobar, who discovered gold in the Egan Canyon.
  82. Tulasco – A station on the Southern Pacific Railroad west of Wells.
  83. Tuscarora – A town on the southeast slope of Mt. Blitzen in the range, at the junction of Nevada 11 and Nevada 18, 45 miles northwest of Elko. Named by John Beard, first to the Indians here, because he came from North Carolina where the original tribe lived then to the camp and mountains.
  84. Valley Pass – A town northwest of Cobre and a pass connecting two valleys.
  85. Valley View
  86. Ventosa
  87. Wardell
  88. Warm Creek
  89. White Horse – A mining district around White Horse Springs in the Goshute Range in southeastern Elko County.

Esmeralda County, Nevada Ghost Towns

Esmeralda County, Nevada has only a few ghost towns compared to other counties in the state.

  1. Blair
  2. Bullfrog
  3. Carrara
  4. Coaldale
  5. Columbus
  6. Gilbert – A town 25 miles west of Tonopah and east of Monte Cristo Range settled in 1925. Named for the three Gilbert brothers who were prospectors.
  7. Goldfield – A town settled in 1903 in the eastern part of the county discovered in 1902 and named for the great gold discovery.
  8. Goldpoint
  9. Gold Hitt
  10. Gold Mountain – A mining district on the flank of a peak of the same name 20 miles southeast of Linda Valley that was named because of gold nuggets found there in the early days.
  11. Gold Point
  12. Hornsilver 
  13. Lida
  14. Lime Point
  15. Miller’s – A town and mining district 14 miles northwest of Tonopah.
  16. Nivlock
  17. Oriental
  18. Palmetto
  19. Red Rock Mine
  20. Silver Peak
  21. Stateline
  22. Sylvania
  23. Sylvania Mining District
  24. Tokop
  25. Tule Canyon
  26. Weepah

Eureka County, Nevada Ghost Towns

Eureka County, Nevada has a good selection to choose from to explore.

  1. Alpha
  2. Beowawe – A town on the Humboldt River on the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Western Pacific Railroad. Known to emigrants as Gravelly Ford.
  3. Birch – A town on the west side of the Diamond Mountains 26 miles northeast of Eureka and was named in honor of James E. Birch, pioneer stage man of the Old West.
  4. Blackburn
  5. Box Springs
  6. Buckhorn
  7. Cedar
  8. Cluro
  9. Columbia
  10. Cortez – A mining district located at the town of that name on the southwest slope of Mt. Tenabo that was settled in 1863 and named for the Spanish conqueror of Mexico.
  11. Corwin
  12. Deep Wells
  13. Diamond Springs
  14. Evans
  15. Eureka – A town settled in 1864 and made the county seat in 1873. A mining district organized September 19, 1864 both located west of Diamond Range on US 50 in the southeastern part of the county. Named because one of the discoverers upon finding silver ore shouted “Eureka.”
  16. Geddes
  17. Gerald
  18. Goldville
  19. Goodwin
  20. Gravelly Ford
  21. Grubbs Well
  22. Hay Ranch
  23. Hot Springs
  24. Keystone
  25. Mill Canyon – A mining district in the Cortez Mountain northeast of Buckhorn organized in 1863 and named for a mill erected in the canyon in 1864.
  26. Mineral
  27. Mineral Hill
  28. Mount Hope
  29. Napias
  30. Nevin
  31. Oak
  32. Palisade
  33. Pine
  34. Pinto
  35. Prospect
  36. Rains
  37. Roberts Creek Station
  38. Romano
  39. Ruby Hill
  40. Safford
  41. Sherwood
  42. Sulphur Springs Station
  43. Summit
  44. Tonkin
  45. Union
  46. Vanderbilt
  47. White
  48. Willards

Humboldt County. Nevada Ghost Towns

Only a few ghost towns are found in Humboldt County, Nevada.

  1. Buckskin
  2. Daveytown 
  3. Golconda  
  4. Hardin City
  5. Jungo  
  6. National
  7. Paradise Valley
  8. Spring City
  9. Sulphur

Lander County, Nevada Ghost Towns

If you find yourself in Lander County, Nevada then you will have a lot of ghost towns to choose from to visit.

  1. Amador
  2. Argenta
  3. Austin
  4. Bailey
  5. Bannock
  6. Battle Mountain
  7. Betty Oneal
  8. Bridges
  9. Buckingham Camp
  10. Bunker Hill
  11. Burro
  12. Buzanes Camp
  13. Canyon
  14. Canyon City
  15. Catons
  16. Clifton
  17. Clinton
  18. Copper Basin
  19. Copper Canyon
  20. Cortez
  21. Curtis
  22. Dillon
  23. Dry Creek Station
  24. Frisbie
  25. Galena
  26. Geneva
  27. Gold Acres
  28. Grass Valley
  29. Guadalajara
  30. Gweenah
  31. Hilltop
  32. Hot Springs
  33. Jacobsville
  34. Kingston
  35. Lander
  36. Ledlie
  37. Lewis
  38. McCoy
  39. Mound Springs
  40. Mount Airy
  41. Mud Springs
  42. New Pass
  43. Pittsburgh
  44. Ravenswood
  45. Silver Creek
  46. Simpson Park
  47. Skookum
  48. Smith Creek Station
  49. Starr
  50. Telluride
  51. Tenabo
  52. Trenton
  53. Vaughns
  54. Walters
  55. Yankee Blade

Lincoln County, Nevada Ghost Towns

Just a few ghost towns are located in Lincoln County, Nevada compared to other counties in Nevada.

  1. Acoma, Nevada – A town on a dirt road off US 93 near the Nevada – Utah border, 22 miles east of Caliente. The name originated with a Native American term meaning “people of the village.” Settled in 1905.
  2. Alamo, Nevada – A town on US 93 between Hiko and Silver Canyon ranges, south of Hiko and north of Pahranagat. The name comes from the Spanish word for “popular,” as in the famous battle of the Alamo.
  3. Barclay, Nevada (Clover Valley) – A town on the Union Pacific Railroad southwest of Acoma near the Nevada – Utah border. Settled in 1905.
  4. Bristol Wells, Nevada (Bristol) – A mining district on the west slope of the Ely Range, 16 miles north of Pioche. The Jack Rabbit Mine is on the east side of the range in this district. Also a name applied to the south end of Ely Range. The district was organized in 1871.
  5. Brown, Nevada – A town near the Utah line, east of Caliente. Settled in 1905.
  6. Bullionville, Nevada 
  7. Caliente, Nevada – A town in Meadow Valley Wash along the Muddy River on a branch of the Union Pacific Railroad running north to Pioche, also on US 93. A mining district 8 miles northwest of the town also known as Chief. The town, laid out in 1901, was first called Calientes when the post office was established, the “s” was dropped. Hot springs in this locality suggested the name, which is Spanish for “hot.”
  8. Carp, Nevada (Clifdale) – A town along the Muddy River on the Union Pacific Railroad 38 miles south of Caliente. It was first named Clifdale for the number of cliffs surrounding it but later the name was changed to Carp, for a railroad employee. Settled in 1907.
  9. Caselton, Nevada
  10. Cave Valley, Nevada – A valley and town in Northwest Lincoln County between Egan and Ely ranges. Named for a cave in the valley.
  11. Comet Mine, Nevada – A peak on the west side of Highland Range and a mining district on the southwest flank of the peak.
  12. Crystal Springs, Nevada
  13. Deer Lodge, Nevada – Small mining town on the Nevada-Utah border with remnants of its existence still can be seen. 
  14. Delamar, Nevada (Ferguson) – A town on the west slope of the Meadow Valley Range and a mining district of the same name, also called Ferguson. The town was settled in 1894 by Captain John Delamar. The mining district was discovered in 1892 and was called Monkey Wrench but later changed to Ferguson and then Delamar after the Captain.
  15. Delmues, Nevada – A town southeast of Pioche. Joseph D. Delmue and his brothers bought the ranch from James Henrie, on March 3, 1871, and it was named for the former.
  16. Elgin, Nevada – A town along the Muddy River south of Caliente on the Union Pacific Railroad. Settled in 1892.
  17. Etna, Nevada – A town south of Caliente on the Union Pacific Railroad.
  18. Fay, Nevada – A mining town on the Nevada-Utah border.
  19. Freyberg (also known as Frieburg and Freiburg)
  20. Golden City, Nevada (later Ferguson and then Delamar) – A small mining camp that was part of the Ferguson Mining District.
  21. Groom, Nevada – A mining district in southwest Lincoln County in Emigrant Valley. Discovered in 1869. Named for the Groom Mine, which was named by its locators.
  22. Helene, Nevada
  23. Highland, Nevada – A name applied to the western part of the Pioche Mining District and range north of Meadow Valley Range and south of the Ely Range. Named by Allen McDougall who was a Highland Scotch.
  24. Hiko, Nevada – A town in Nevada west of Hyko Range and about 60 miles west of Caliente. Settled in 1853, was the county seat from 1867 – 1871. Named for the Shoshone language and means “white man” so called because at this point the Indians saw the first white man.
  25. Indian Cove, Nevada
  26. Jackrabbit, Nevada (Royal City)
  27. Joseco, Nevada – A town about 25 miles southeast of Caliente. A form of the name Joseph, which was one of the leaders of the Mormon Church.
  28. Logan City, Nevada
  29. Panaca, Nevada – A town 1 mile east of US 93 and 15 miles from Caliente on the Caliente-Pioche Branch Railroad. Settled in 1864. It was named by the early Mormon settlers from an Indian word meaning “silver or metal.”
  30. Pioche, Nevada – A town north of Caliente on US 93 and at the end of the Caliente-Pioche Branch Railroad. A mining district situated at Pioche, and a range, low east-west ridge of which Mt. Ely is the highest point. Settled in 1869. Named in honor of F. L. A. Pioche, a San Francisco mine promoter, who invested largely in these mines.
  31. Rachel, Nevada (Tempiute Village and later Sand Springs)
  32. Reeves, Nevada
  33. Rox, Nevada – A town along the Muddy River 17 miles north of Moapa on the Union Pacific Railroad. Settled in 1902.
  34. Silver Canyon, Nevada
  35. Stine, Nevada – A town and station on the Union Pacific Railroad, south of Caliente.
  36. Tempiute, Nevada

Lyon County, Nevada Ghost Towns

Only a handful of ghost towns are found in Lyon County, Nevada.

  1. Buckland’s Station
  2. Clifton
  3. Como 
  4. Conway State Station
  5. Dayton
  6. Dessert Station
  7. Fort Churchill
  8. Hawes Station
  9. Honey Lake Smith’s Station
  10. Hudson
  11. Johntown 
  12. Ludwig
  13. Nordyke
  14. Palmyra
  15. Pine Grove
  16. Pony Meadows
  17. Ramsey
  18. Rockland
  19. Rock Point Mill
  20. Rockland
  21. Silver City
  22. Sonoma
  23. Sutro
  24. Sutro Tunnel
  25. Thompson Smelter
  26. Williams Station

Mineral County, Nevada Ghost Towns

Mineral County, Nevada is home to over a dozen ghost towns.

  1. Aurora  
  2. Bass Camp
  3. Baxter Mine
  4. Belleville
  5. Broken Hills  
  6. Buena Vista
  7. Camp Douglas
  8. Candelaria 
  9. Del Monte
  10. Eagleville
  11. Eddyville
  12. Esmeralda
  13. Hawthorne
  14. Luning
  15. Marietta
  16. Metallic City
  17. Pamlico
  18. Poinsettia
  19. Rawhide  

Nye County, Nevada Ghost Towns

Nye County, Nevada has the most ghost towns in Nevada compared to other counties.

  1. Adaven
  2. Allred
  3. Amargosa
  4. Ancram
  5. Antelope
  6. Antelope Springs
  7. Archer
  8. Arrowhead
  9. Ashmeadows
  10. Ashton
  11. Athens
  12. Atwood
  13. Barcelona
  14. Barrett
  15. Baxter Spring
  16. Beatty
  17. Bellehelen
  18. Belmont
  19. Berlin
  20. Black Spring
  21. Blake’s Camp
  22. Blue Eagle Spring
  23. Bonita
  24. Bonnie Claire
  25. Bowlerville
  26. Box Springs
  27. Breyfogle
  28. Browne’s Camp
  29. Bullfrog
  30. Butterfield Spring
  31. Cactus Springs
  32. Canyon
  33. Carrara
  34. Cedar Spring
  35. Central
  36. Central City
  37. Centrasville
  38. Chloride
  39. Clarkdale
  40. Clear Creek Mining District
  41. Clifford
  42. Cloverdale
  43. Craig Station
  44. Currant
  45. Danville
  46. Darrough Hot Springs
  47. Death Valley Junction
  48. Deep Well Station
  49. Downeyville
  50. Duckwater
  51. Duluth
  52. East Manhattan
  53. Eden
  54. Ellendale
  55. Ellsworth
  56. Frazier Wells
  57. Gabbs
  58. Georges Canyon
  59. Glen Hamilton
  60. Globe Mining District
  61. Gold Bar
  62. Gold Center
  63. Gold Crater
  64. Gold Flat
  65. Golden
  66. Golden Arrow
  67. Goldyke
  68. Granite
  69. Grant City
  70. Grantsville
  71. Hannapah
  72. Harriman
  73. Hick’s Hot Springs
  74. Hick’s Station
  75. Horseshoe
  76. Hot Creek
  77. Idlewild
  78. Indian Springs
  79. Ione
  80. Jackson Mining District
  81. Jacksonville
  82. Jamestown
  83. Jefferson
  84. Jett
  85. Johnnie
  86. Junction
  87. Kawich
  88. Keystone
  89. Knickerbocker
  90. Lauville
  91. Learville
  92. Leeland
  93. Liberty
  94. Lockes – A town in northeastern Nye County on US 6 that was also known as Ostonside.
  95. Lodi – A town, also known as Lodival, near the Mammoth Range in northwest Nye County, near the Churchill County line, in a valley of the same name. A mining district in the region, discovered in 1863.
  96. Logan Station
  97. Longstreet
  98. Lower Town
  99. Manhattan
  100. Manse Ranch
  101. Marysville
  102. Mccann Station
  103. Meikeljon
  104. Mellan
  105. Mexican Camp
  106. Midway
  107. Millett
  108. Milton
  109. Minnimums
  110. Monarch
  111. Moore’s Station
  112. Morey
  113. Mud Spring Station
  114. Mule Lick
  115. North Manhattan
  116. Northumberland – A mining district in the Toquima Range in northern Nye County, organized in 1866 and named for a county in England.
  117. Nyala – A town on the west slope of the Quinn Canyon Range, south of Lockes, and named as a derivative of Nye.
  118. Oak Springs – A mining district located at Oak Spring on the east flank of the Belted Range near its southern end.
  119. Ophir Canyon
  120. Original
  121. Orizaba
  122. Pactolus
  123. Paradise Peak
  124. Park Canyon
  125. Peavine
  126. Penelas
  127. Petersgold
  128. Phonolite
  129. Pine Creek
  130. Pioneer
  131. Potomac
  132. Potts
  133. Pritchard’s Station
  134. Pueblo
  135. Quartz Mountain
  136. Ralston – Named in honor of Judge James E. Ralston, who died in the valley in 1864.
  137. Ray
  138. Reveille
  139. Reveille Mill
  140. Rhyolite – A town 5 miles west of Beatty in the Bullfrog Hills that was settled in 1904. In the Bullfrog Mining District. Named for rhyolite, the predominating rock in the district.
  141. Rose’s Well
  142. Round Mountain – A town in northwest Nye County on the west slope of the Toquima Range and a mining district in the town.
  143. Royston
  144. Rye Patch
  145. San Antonio – A mining district discovered in 1863 and named for the Texas city.
  146. San Carlos
  147. San Juan
  148. Sawmill
  149. Shamrock
  150. Silver Bow
  151. Silver Glance
  152. Silverton
  153. South Bullfrog
  154. Spanish Spring
  155. Springdale
  156. Springfield Mining District
  157. Stargo
  158. Stirling
  159. Stone House
  160. Stonewall
  161. Sulphide
  162. Summit Station
  163. Sumo
  164. Sunnyside – A town in northeast Nye County near the Lincoln County line in the White River Valley. Named for its physical features.
  165. Tate’s Station
  166. Telluride
  167. Tolicha – A mining district on the north slopes of Tolicha Peak and Quartz Mountains. A Yokut tribal name.
  168. Tonogold
  169. Tonopah
  170. Toyah
  171. Transvaal
  172. Trappman’s Camp
  173. Troy
  174. Twin Springs
  175. Tybo – A town on the west slope of the Hot Creek Range 40 miles southeast of Belmont. A mining district adjoining the Hot Creek District to the north was discovered in 1870 and the town was started in 1874. The word is Shoshone, meaning “white.”
  176. Van Ness
  177. Wagner
  178. Warm Springs
  179. Washington
  180. Wellington
  181. White Caps
  182. White Rock Spring
  183. Willow Creek
  184. Willow Springs
  185. Wilson’s Camp

Pershing County, Nevada Ghost Towns

There are over two dozen ghost towns in Pershing County, Nevada.

  1. Alpine Mine
  2. Bonnie Bryer
  3. Chafey 
  4. Colado
  5. Dun Glen  
  6. Etna 
  7. Half-way House
  8. Humboldt City
  9. Imlay – A town established as a division point on the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1904 that is 39 miles northwest of Lovelock on US 40. Also, a mining district.
  10. Lovelock – A town on the Humboldt River in southern Pershing County on the Southern Pacific Railroad. Lovelock was settled in the meadows in 1861 by James Blake and in 1862 George Lovelock and his family settled in the meadows. By 1872 it was known as Lovelock’s and was incorporated in 1917 as Lovelock. It was made the county seat when Pershing County was organized from the southern part of Humboldt County on March 18, 1919.
  11. Mazuma  
  12. M. G. L. Mine
  13. Mill City – A town 4 miles northeast of Imlay on US 40-95 along the Humboldt River. A mining district northwest of Eugene Mountains is the largest producer of tungsten ore in the United States. A quartz mill was built here in the early days, because of the nearby water, so the place was named Mill City.
  14. Nightingale – A mining district east of Winnemucca Lake.
  15. Oreana – A town on the Southern Pacific Railroad along the Humboldt River near US 40. The Oreana smelter built in 1867 was the first in Nevada from which lead ore was shipped in commercial quantities. The name comes from “ore” material containing valuable metallic constituents and the Greek “ana” which means great, excessively.
  16. Puckerbush
  17. Rochester  – A mining district and townsite 9 miles east of Oreana that was discovered in the 1860s in the central Humboldt Range that was named by the prospectors from Rochester, New York.
  18. Scossa – A town 50 miles by road north of Lovelock and 28 miles west of Imlay in the Antelope Range. A mining district in the town was discovered by Janes and Charles Scossa in 1930 and named for them.
  19. Seven Troughs – A mining district on the east slope of the range about 32 miles northwest of Lovelock that was discovered in 1905, which adjoined the mining camps of Farrell, Mazum, and Vernon. Named for the seven troughs placed below springs in the canyon by stock to provide a watering place for stock.
  20. Star City
  21. Toulon
  22. Trego Hot Springs
  23. Tungsten
  24. Tunnel Camp
  25. Unionville – A town and mining district on the east side of Humboldt Range in Buena Vista Canyon 20 miles south of Mill City. Organized in 1861 the town was first called Buena Vista and then later Dixie. With the influx of northerners, it became Unionville. It was the first county seat of Humboldt County from 1861 to 1871.
  26. Vernon – A town located at the southernmost camp of the Seven Troughs Mining District.

Storey County, Nevada Ghost Towns

  1. American Flat
  2. American City
  3. Comstock – A mining district is known in the early days as the Washoe District, including Virginia City and Gold Hill. 
  4. Gold Hill – A town at the head of Gold Canyon 1 mile south of Virginia City in the mining district of the same name at the south end of the Comstock Lode. Discovered in 1859,  incorporated in 1862, and disincorporated in 1881. Named Gold Hill because its discoverers thought it seemed to be a little hill of gold.
  5. Lousetown
  6. Virginia City – A town that is the largest of old historical western mining towns. Located on the north end of the Comstock Lode on the eastern slope of Mount Davidson where gold was discovered in June 1859. First called Silver City, then Ophir. On June 22, 1859, James Fenimore, locally known as “Old Virginny” located a claim lying west of the Comstock which he called the Virginia Lead. He is said to have baptized the town with a bottle of whiskey, proclaiming it Virginia. After being known as Virginia Town it was incorporated as Virginia and later changed by the Post Office Department to Virginia City. it was first incorporated in 1860 under Utah Territory, then under Nevada Territory in 1861, and under the State of Nevada in 1864, reincorporated in 1877, and disincorporated in 1881. The county seat since Storey County was established in 1861. The surrounding Virginia City Mining District was the first regular mining district in Nevada Territory.

Washoe County, Nevada Ghost Towns

There are less than a dozen ghost towns in Washoe County, Nevada.

  1. Deep Hole
  2. Flanigan – A town on the Fernley-Klamath Falls branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad at the point where it is crossed by the Western Pacific Railroad. Named for P. L. Flanigan owner of a sheep ranch in the vicinity and a prominent citizen of the county.
  3. Leadville
  4. Olinghouse – A mining district in Olinghouse Canyon northwest of Wadsworth on the east flank of the Pah Rah Range named for E. Olinghouse who located the mining claims here.
  5. Peavine Ranch
  6. Poeville
  7. Pyramid – A station on the Southern Pacific Railroad branch one on the northwest side of the lake. A mining district southwest of the lake that was discovered in 1860.
  8. Pyramid City
  9. Sand Pass
  10. Vya – A town in northwest Washoe on Nevada 34 just north of its junction with Nevada 8A. Settled in 1907 and was named for Vya Wimer, the first white baby born in the Valley.
  11. Wadsworth– A town in extreme eastern Washoe County. At the big bend in the Truckee River. Known in the early days as Lower Emigrant Crossing on the Southern Pacific Railroad and US 40. The town was laid out in 1868 by the Central Pacific Railroad on which it was a division point until the shops and roundhouse were moved to Sparks in 1904. Named by railroad officials for Brigadier General James S. Wadsworth, a noted Union officer in the Civil War.
  12. Washoe City

White Pine County, Nevada Ghost Towns

Located on the eastern side of the state, White Pine County, Nevada is home to over 80 ghost towns to explore.

  1. Antelope Springs
  2. Aurum
  3. Babylon
  4. Barnes
  5. Belmont Mill
  6. Black Horse
  7. Blaine
  8. Bonanza
  9. Botwick
  10. Broadway
  11. Buck Station
  12. Bull Spring Station
  13. Butte Station
  14. Cherry Creek – A town in the northern part of the Egan Range on Nevada 35 and a mining district at the town at the mouth of the Cherry Creek Canyon.
  15. Claytons
  16. Cleve Creek
  17. Cleveland Ranch
  18. Cocomongo
  19. Cold Creek
  20. Conners Station
  21. Duck Creek
  22. Eberhardt
  23. Egan Canyon
  24. Eight Mile Station
  25. Ely – A town in southwest central White Pine County within the Egan Range at the junction of US 93-50 and US 6 on the Nevada Northern Railroad. The first building on the Ely townsite was in 1885 and the county seat since 1887. Incorporated under the general act of 1907, a mining district at the site was organized in 1868. Copper was the principal ore produced. Named for John Ely, a partner of William H. Raymond in the famous Pioche District, who loaned $5,000 to A. J. Underhill to purchase the land where Ely now stands.
  26. Fort Ruby
  27. Glencoe
  28. Hamilton – A town in the White Pine Range 36 miles west of Ely. A mining district is also known as White Pine which was discovered in 1865. Hamilton was the first county seat of White Pine County. In 1885 a fire destroyed the county buildings and the county seat was moved to Ely in 1887. Hamilton was incorporated in 1869 and disincorporated in 1875. Named for W. A. Hamilton, who surveyed the townsite in May 1869.
  29. Hogum
  30. Hunter
  31. Illipah
  32. Jacobs Well
  33. Johnson Mine
  34. Joy 
  35. Kimberly – A town and one of a group of mining camps in the rich copper district in the Egan Range, west of Ely. Named for the Kimberley region in South Africa.
  36. Leadville
  37. Lexington Canyon
  38. Lund – A town in Southern White Pine County 13 miles off US 6 on Nevada 39. Settled in 1898 and named in honor of Anthony C. Lund, one of the Presidency in control of the Mormon Church.
  39. McGillA town in Steptoe Valley that is 11 miles north of Ely on the Nevada Northern Railroad and was the site of the largest smelter in Nevada with copper ore as the chief ore smelted. Settled in 1906 and named for William M. McGill, a surveyor, miner, and stockman who came west from Ohio in 1870.
  40. Minerva
  41. Monte Cristo
  42. Mosiers
  43. Mountain Spring
  44. Muncy – A town on the east side of the Shell Creek Range on a dirt road 13 miles south of Nevada 2 and the Muncy Creek Mining District in the area.
  45. Newark – A mining district on the east slope of the range that was discovered in 1866 by the Gilson Brothers, Stephen and John Beard, and other prospectors from Austin.
  46. Niptown
  47. Osceola – A town a little south of US 6 on the west flank of the Snake Range. Gold was discovered in 1872 and tungsten in 1916. Names by Southerners for the Seminole Chief of that name.
  48. Parker Station
  49. Piermont
  50. Pinto
  51. Pinto Creek Station
  52. Pogues Station
  53. Preston – A town and ranching community on the White River seven miles southeast of US 6 in Southern White County. Established by the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) in 1897 and named for William B. Preston, Presiding Bishop.
  54. Regan
  55. Reipetown – A town settled in the 1900s and was incorporated 1918-1919. It was one of the cluster towns around Ely. Named for Richard A. Reipe, who came to Nevada in 1873, living first in Pioche, then at Ely, where he was the postmaster in 1887.
  56. Round Springs
  57. Ruby Hill
  58. Ruby Valley Station
  59. Ruth 
  60. San Pedro
  61. Schellbourne – A town on Schell Creek on the west slope of the Schell Creek Range. A mining district that was part of the Aurum District. Named for Schell Creek, which was named for Major A. J. Schell who was a United States commander in charge of a detachment of troops for protection of the overland wall.
  62. Seligman
  63. Shermantown
  64. Shoshone
  65. Siegel
  66. Six Mile House
  67. Spring Valley Station
  68. Springville
  69. Steptoe City – A town and valley that was settled in 1868 and named in honor of Colonel E. J. Steptoe of the United States Army who was a famous fighter of the Old West.
  70. Strawberry
  71. Swansea
  72. Taft
  73. Tamberlaine
  74. Tamerlane
  75. Tamberlane Canyon
  76. Taylor
  77. Tippett
  78. Treasure City
  79. Treasure Hill 
  80. Tungsten Mines
  81. Tungstonia – A mining district (see Pleasant Valley)
  82. Uvada
  83. Veteran
  84. Ward
  85. Yelland

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