As prospectors dispersed from Austin in 1867 they discovered rich placer sands in a place that one of the miners named Tuscarora to honor the Union gunboat on which he had served.



Beyond its burial grounds, there is little left of this mining and railroading settlement along the Humboldt River.


St. Thomas

Brigham Young sent settlers out from Utah in 1865 to establish here. In 1938, when the waters of Lake Mead began rising behind Hoover Dam, the town of 500 had to be abandoned.


Ruby Hill

Discovered in 1869, the rich veins of silver and gold at Ruby Hill soon attracted enough miners to grow a rough camp into a real town.



Once the center of a mining district of 25,000 people, Hamilton now sits deserted ten miles off Hwy. 50 in White Pine County, between Eureka and Ely.



The cemetery, overlooking Spring Valley, is nearly all that remains of the mining town of Osceola, located near Great Basin National Park on the western slopes of Mt. Wheeler at 7,500 ft.


Sutro Tunnel

When gushing hot water threatened the production of the deeper Virginia City mines, Adolph Sutro offered an audacious solution. He would build a tunnel from Dayton up to the Comstock’s mines.


Goldfield Hotel

The Goldfield Hotel opened its doors in 1908, just a couple of years before the town's mining boom was over. It was called in its day “the gem of the desert.”


Berlin Stamp Mill

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is at 7,000 feet on the western slope of central Nevada's Shoshone mountain range. Berlin saw its heyday in 1908, diminishing to nothing by 1911.