White Plains Nevada
White Plains Nevada Overview
White Plains was a railroad station and mining district in Churchill County, Nevada.
Also known as White Plains Flat, White Plains Station, Whiteplains, and Mirage Lake, the community was named after a nearby white plain, which was descriptively named for its abundant soda deposits.
White Plains Nevada History
From the 1923 publication:
Walter Smith located the salt deposit about 1870, and formed the Desert Crystal Salt Co. which produced salt by solar evaporation of the brine, according to a letter from J. T. Reid. About 200 tons of salt were shipped annually, principally to the silver mines of eastern Nevada, and some table salt was produced. Production was continued on a decreasing scale up to 1915. The International Salt Co. under a lease from the Desert Crystal Salt Co. made small productions at Parran in 1911 and 1912.
- 1864 – Mining in the area began when a five-stamp mill was built to process silver ore for nearby mines but closed soon after due to the scarcity of water and fuel.
- 1870 – The settlement was reestablished when a salt deposit was discovered by Walter smith and the Desert Crystal Salt Company was formed to recover salt through solar evaporation and 200 tons of salt were processed and shipped
- 1877 – A new series of vats were built a mile and a half south near natural springs
- 1879 – Railroad depot was constructed
- June 4, 1879 – The post office opened
- 1888 – Weekly Churchill News was published
- July 15, 1909 – The post office closed
June 4, 1879 – July 15, 1909
- Walter Schmidt – White Plains, Churchill, Nevada – 4 Jun 1879
- Wm R Rich – Whiteplains, Churchill, Nevada – 3 Apr 1895
- Walter Hedrick – Whiteplains, Churchill, Nevada – 30 Apr 1898
- Walter Schmidt – Whiteplains, Churchill, Nevada – 23 Jun 1899
- Jerome B Combs – Whiteplains, Churchill, Nevada – July 27, 1908
View the list and history of Nevada Post Offices.
White Plains Postoffice
A new post office has been; established at the railroad at White Plains, Churchill county, and Walter Schmidt has been appointed Postmaster.
The Churchill News – Established in 1888, the newspaper was published weekly.
The Population of White Plains Nevada
Unknown at this time
How to Get to White Plains Nevada
From 1923 publication:
White Plains Flat is at White Plains (Huxley station) in N. W. Churchill Co. and extends 4 m. S. to Parran and 4 m. N. E. to Ocala, all three places being on the S. P. R. R. The flat lies N. E. of the Desert District, S. E. of the Jessup District, and S. W. of the Lake District.
39° 52′ 50.68″ N, 118° 48′ 22.56″ W
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Photos and Videos
There are a lot of newspaper articles for us to go through covering local chatter, railroad business, discoveries, and more. We will set aside a few hours to dig through them and post what we find is relevant to understanding the area.
- Paher, Stanley (1970), Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, Howell-North Books, page 113
- United States Geological Survey – White Plains Nevada
- Wikipedia – White Plains Nevada
- Lincoln, Francis Church, (1923), Mining Districts and Mineral Resources of Nevada
White Plains Nevada