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Tonopah-Extension Mining Company Power Building

Discover the intriguing history of the Tonopah-Extension Mining Company Power Building, a testament to Nevada’s rich mining heritage. Nestled in Tonopah, this historical structure offers a unique glimpse into the early 20th-century silver mining boom that shaped the region.

Tonopah-Extension Mining Company Power Building

Tonopah-Extension Mining Company Power Building Overview

The Tonopah-Extension Mining Company Power Building is a historical power plant located in Tonopah, Nevada. This building is notable for its construction with fired brick, a material uncommon in the area, and stands as the only remaining structure from the once-thriving Tonopah Extension Mine.

National Register Number

The building was registered under the National Register of Historic Places with the ID number 82003254.

Year Established/Founded

The Tonopah Extension Mine, associated with the power building, began operations in 1903.

Tonopah-Extension Mining Company Power Building History

The Tonopah Extension Mining Company was primarily involved in silver mining, a key industry in early 20th-century Nevada. The power building, constructed by 1920, possibly replaced an earlier 1909 plant. The Tonopah Extension Mine was one of the district’s biggest producers from 1916 to 1928. In 1980, efforts were made to reopen the Victor Shaft, part of the mine’s extensive network of shafts.

Timeline

  • 1903: Tonopah Extension Mine commences operations.
  • 1920: Current power building constructed, possibly replacing a 1909 plant.
  • 1980: Parsons Construction Co. attempts to reopen the Victor Shaft.

County

Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada.

GPS Coordinates

 

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Location

The building is situated on Main Street, Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada, within the Great Basin’s Basin and Range Province.

The Tonopah-Extension Mining Company Power Building stands as a silent witness to the bygone era of Nevada’s silver rush. Its enduring presence in Tonopah serves as a reminder of the industrious spirit that once fueled the state’s growth and prosperity.

References Used

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  • Western Mining History on the Tonopah Extension Mining Co.​1​.
  • Wikipedia entry on Tonapah-Extension Mining Company Power Building​2​.
  • NPGallery Asset Detail on the building​3​​4​.