Cardinal said:It always amazes me to see such a place, with its expanse and large buildings indicating wealth and population, end up as a ghost town. That said, I haven't a clue. The barren landscape makes me think of Nevada. Las Vegas?
SlaveToTheGrind said:Goldfield, NV
Super Amputee Cat said:Goldfield is correct! How did you guess?
Evidently this was one of the larger and more successful of the mining towns in Nevada. This book I have, Nevada Ghost Towns & Mining Camps has over 20 pages dedicated to this town alone. And as you can see from the photographs it was quite a thriving place with several brick buildings.
Evidently the town is still in existence, as it is still the county seat of Esmeralda County. But it is a shadow of its former self. In 1910, about the time of the town's peak, the population was 4,838. It was the 3rd biggest town in Nevada, behind Reno (pop. 10,867) and Rawhide (5,100). By 1950, the population was down to 976 and by 1970, the population was only 185.
SlaveToTheGrind said:Hotel Esmeralda - Esmeralda County gave it away.