The mines of the White Pine District were
first discovered in 1865, and supported many
thriving towns during the period 1868-1875.
The most famous of these early towns was
Hamilton, but there were others adjacent, such
as Eberhardt, Treasure City, and Sherman Town.
These communities, now all ghost towns, lay in
a cluster eleven miles south of this point.
Hamilton, and its nearby cities, were
established as a result of large-scale silver
discoveries in 1869. Experiencing one of the
most intense, but shortest-lived silver
stampedes ever recorded, the years 1868-1869
saw some 10,000 people establish themselves in
huts and caves on Treasure Hill at Mount
Hamilton at an elevation of from 8,000 to
10,500 feet above sea level.
The city was incorporated in 1869 and became
the first county seat of White Pine County
that same year, and was disincorporated in
1875. In this brief span of time, a full-sized
town came into bloom, with a main street and
all the usual businesses. A fine brick
courthouse was constructed in 1870.
On June 27, 1873, the main portion of the town
was destroyed by fire. The town never fully
recovered. In 1885, another fire caused the
removal of the White Pine county seat to Ely.
State Historical Marker No. 53
Nevada State Park System
White Pine Public Museum, NV
Elevation: 8058ft, 2456m.
No collections made at this location.
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Date and time this article was prepared:6:05:42 PM, 5/21/2022.