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Bullion Mine, Nevada

or  'What's at the end of Bullion Road?'

July 29, 2001

Elko County, Nevada

The Bullion Mine is currently inactive.  It has been preserved by a full-time watchman who lives at the property.  I was told the mine is on private patented land and visitors wishing to scavenge are not appreciated by the owners.  The road to the actual mine is closed off with a locked gate.  I was also told that the old town-site burned down during the range fires of 1999.  Only a few burned boards and rock foundations remain of the lower older town-site.


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Circa 1886 Photographs

 of Bullion Mine Area

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Bullion School

(below - date unknown)

I assume this is the school site - just below the mill in the draw.  The trees and topography match very well.  The trees behind the school have been burned but the stumps remain.

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Photos courtesy of:  Northeastern Nevada Museum

Photos: #12- 4, 9, 12, 10 & 11

Photos 12-10 and 12-12 are from J. H. Crockwell Collection



What was the top story of 1886?  

Ans.: Statue of Liberty Dedicated

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Bullion Mine in Distance - Davis Tunnel
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^ Davis Tunnel and Tailings Dam
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^ Bullion Mine - Davis Tunnel - Closed Off
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^ Bullion Mine - Davis Tunnel - Mill Foundations
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^ Bullion Mine - Davis Tunnel - Old Buildings

Last photo is Assay Lab

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^ At Bullion Mine Looking Down Canyon Toward Old Town-Site
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^ Bullion Mine - Caretaker's Home
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^ Bullion Mine - Caretaker's Home - Bullion Mine Ore Cars
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Bullion Mine - Tailing Dump
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^ Bullion Mine - Old Claim Marker - Burned Post
Bullion Mine Town-Sites
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^ Burned Boards

Lower Town-Site/Mill-Site Areas (below)

North Side of Draw

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Springs (shown on topo map) Mill-Site - Slag and Rock Foundations
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Lower Town-Site/Mill-Site Areas (below)

South Side of Draw

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Town-Site Up From Mill-Site (below)

The town-site has many scattered more recent holes - I would assume made by scavengers.

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^ Foundations and Side-Hill Cuts
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^ Got Me



At the place on the topographic map marked "Cem", there are

a few scattered burned wooden boards, one man-created

 depression with associated mound (I would suppose grave robbers or the body has been exhumed or moved), and another less conspicuous area in the shape of a rectangle

outlined with white rocks (presumably another grave).

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^ On Bullion Mine Road - Further East of Canyon

shown as corral on topographic map


Humming Birds at Mine Watchman's Home

 - Bullion Mine

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Head of Trout Creek 

- S of Bullion Mine

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USGS Topographic Map of Pine Mountain Area

USGS Topographic Map Bullion Mine Area


USGS Aerial Photograph of Bullion Mine Area




Bullion Mine, Mill and Road Links

Location:  4031'26"N  11559'56"



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BULLION (Bullion City)(Railroad City)(Highland)(Empire City)(Bunker Hill)(Railroad Mining District) Photos

Silver was discovered in 1869. By the spring of 1870, a full scale boom was on and two townsites platted: Highland and Bullion City. However, the difficult ore always hindered Bullion. The 1870 census has Bullion's population at 110. Bullion peaked in 1874 but the next year, the mining companies folded one by one. However, production focused on copper and by 1880, Bullion had revived to have a population of 150. But by the late 1880s, things around Bullion were pretty dead. All the mills and smelters were closed. Population was only about 20 through the turn of the century. 1916 was the biggest production year for Bullion when more than 1 million pounds of copper were removed, but any hopes of a permanent revival faded and by 1918, all activity was at a standstill. Bullion was basically a ghost town after that. Although some mining has taken place since, it did nothing to revive the town. Total production for the district is close to $5 million. Not much is left in Bullion today. Large slag heaps, smelter foundations, stone ruins and a small cemetery are the only markers.

Great Basin Minerals, Ltd.

Odds & Ends

 Spoon Size:  92 x 31 mm
Spoon head, likely had a wooden or bone handle.  This specimen was found in the old mining camp of Bullion, a ghost town in southwestern Elko County.  This town was active in the late 1800's and was pretty much a ghost town by 1900.  Found while metal detecting the town which basically otherwise produced nails.  A neat little item left over from Nevada's mining past.
IDSpoon - Item #6

Locality:  Bullion, Railroad Mining District, Elko Co., Nevada, USA



April 3, 1899   Sundance Kid, George Currie, and Harvey Logan rob the Club Saloon in Elko, Nevada.


Bullion Road (Wagons Ho!)







Additional Information:  Northeastern Nevada Museum

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