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Quartette Nevada

Quartette Nevada Overview

Quartette was a mining settlement within the Searchlight Mining District located in Clark County, Nevada.

Also, known as Quartette Mill and Quartette Landing.

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Year Established/Founded


Quartette Nevada History

This river settlement originated in 1900, with the decision of the directors of the Quartette Mining Company that it would be more profitable to crush their own ore than freight it 23 miles by wagon to Manvel, then ship it by rail from there to the smelter at Needles. No adequate supply of water was found near their mine, they decided to locate their 20-stamp mill and a cyanide plant on the west bank of the Colorado River and haul the ore the twelve miles to the mill from the mine by wagon. 

Found in old newspapers:

The Quartette Mining Company at Searchlight report that all the machinery for a thirty-stamp mill has arrived at Needles.—DeLamar Messenger

The Silver State • Winnemucca, Nevada • 19 Mar 1900, Mon  •  Page 1

The Quartette Company at Searchlight, Lincoln county, employs fifty men.

The Silver State
• Winnemucca, Nevada • 24 Mar 1900, Sat • Page 1


  • 1900 – A railroad was built from Searchlight to a mill that was established by Quartette holdings.
  • May 1901 – The company decided to build a 14-mile narrow gauge railroad to haul its ore to the landing. During this period the mill, steamboat landing, and railroad were established.
  • November 1901 – Building the railroad began with grading the route.
  • May 1902 – The railroad was completed, and the train ran twice a day carrying ore to the mill and returning with goods and passengers if boats had visited the landing at Quartette. This rail and steamer route became favored as it was the most rapid means of getting people and freight to and from Needles.
  • July 1902 – The Quartette Co. milled 800 tons of ore, which netted $23 per ton. The total cost of mining, transportation over 16 miles of railroad, and milling was $3.60 per ton. The railroad is now making two trips a day and hauling seventy tons daily to the mill.
  • 1903 – There was a strike that idled the railroad and the mines. During that time water was found that made it possible to set up milling at the mine and a new stamp mill was built.
  • 1906 – The railroad had become idle and the old mill was relocated to the new mill site, making it a 40-stamp mill.
  • March 31, 1907 – The Barnwell and Searchlight Railway reached Searchlight and the river landing was made obsolete.
  • 1910 – Last boom year with the rails of the Quartette railroad were taken up and used to build the Yellow Pine Mining Company line between the Union Pacific Railroad line at Jean to the mining boomtown of Goodsprings.
  • August 20, 1913 – The 40-stamp mill, electric, and engine plant of the Quartette mine, at Searchlight, Nevada was destroyed by fire




Name unknown at this time.

Post Office

September 15, 1900 – September 15, 1902

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The Population of Quartette Nevada





The site of Quartette is now covered by Lake Mohave south of Six Mile Cove.

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