May 21, 2012

Belmont, Nevada

A few shots from Belmont, Nevada for your viewing pleasure this week.

Belmont has a few nicely preserved buildings and a few like this one, just shells. Looking between walls and across the street, you can see the facade of the bank. Beyond that, the roof of the courthouse.

According to Wikipedia, there are plans to build a small city around Belmont, but the fact that it sits on Government land is a bit of an obstacle.

From Wikipedia:
“Belmont was established following a silver strike in 1865. Other minerals, such as copper lead and antimony, were also mined in addition to the silver. The boom brought settlers in and the town of Belmont grew. In 1867, Belmont became the county seat of Nye County. The town boasted four stores, two saloons, five restaurants, livery stable, post office, assay office, bank, school, telegraph office, two newspapers, and a blacksmith shop. As the price of metals fluctuated, so did the fortunes of the town. By 1887, several of the mines closed. In 1905, the county seat of Nye County was relocated from Belmont to Tonopah. The mine dumps were reworked in the early part of the 20th century

During the 1870s it was known as a major mining boomtown producing gold, and was rumored to have a population of 15,000. Like many towns which are now ghost towns, this one lasted for only a short time.”

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