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Step Back in Time: Exploring the History of Shoshone, Nevada

Welcome to Shoshone, a once-thriving mining town located in White Pine County, Nevada. Today, the town is a ghost town that offers visitors a glimpse into the past.

The town’s rich history and stunning natural surroundings make it a popular destination for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. 

Shoshone Nevada

Shoshone Nevada Overview

Shoshone is a ghost town located in White Pine County, Nevada, in the United States.

The town was established in the late 1800s during the mining boom that swept across the Western United States.

Today, the town is a well-preserved reminder of its past, with many of its original buildings still standing.

Learn more about Ghost Town in Nevada and Ghost Towns in the Southwest.

Year Established/Founded

Shoshone was founded in 1869 during the silver and gold rush in the area.

Shoshone Nevada History

Shoshone was named after the Shoshone people who lived in the area before the arrival of European settlers. The town was established as a mining camp in 1869, following the discovery of silver and gold in the surrounding mountains. The town grew rapidly, and by the early 1900s, it was home to several thousand people.


  • 1869: Shoshone is established as a mining camp.
  • 1873: The first post office is established in Shoshone.
  • 1880s: The town experiences a second boom with the discovery of copper and lead.
  • 1906: A large fire destroys many of the town’s buildings.
  • 1920s: The town experiences a decline in population as the mines begin to close.
  • 1938: The last remaining mine in Shoshone closes.
  • 1958: The town’s population reaches its lowest point at just 24 residents.
  • 1970s: The town becomes a popular destination for tourists interested in its history.


The mines in Shoshone produced silver, gold, copper, and lead. Some of the major mines in the area included the Shoshone Silver Mining Company, the Eagle Shaft, the De Lamar, and the Modoc.


The Nevada Northern Railroad served the town of Shoshone.

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Post Office

The first post office in Shoshone was established on August 7, 1873. The post office closed on May 31, 1955.

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The Shoshone News began publishing in the town in the 1890s.

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The Population of Shoshone Nevada

Today, Shoshone is a ghost town with no permanent residents. At its peak, the town was home to several thousand people.


Shoshone is located at an elevation of 5,100 feet (1,554 meters) above sea level.


Shoshone is located in White Pine County, Nevada, near the Nevada-Utah border. The town is situated in a remote area, approximately 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of Las Vegas.

GPS Coordinates

38.7976° N, 114.3328° W

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References Used

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