gold point ghost town

History enthusiasts will come unglued with a trip to Gold Point ghost town, situated just southwest of Goldfield near the Nevada/California border in Esmeralda County. Originally a silver mining camp founded as Lime Point in the early 1860s, Gold Point was once quite the happening boomtown that consisted of 125 dwellings, a post office (Ora Mae Wiley was postmistress from 1940 to 1964!), bakery, hotels, cafes, a store, and numerous saloons. The community was known as Hornsilver until 1932 and referred to as Gold Point thereafter—a name that has stuck since.

Mining operations dwindled when World War II began: The government ordered all gold mines to shut down as they were considered to be nonessential to the war effort. At this point, mining ceased in Gold Point as most of the residents moved on to other towns or went overseas to war.

History comes alive in this once-booming mining town that’s now home to a well-preserved main street, a picture-perfect saloon, and a one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast.

Gold Point may not exist today if it weren’t for Las Vegas wallpaper hanger Herb Robbins, who with partner Walt Kremin, owns most of the town’s buildings. Herb and his friend Chuck Kremin came across Gold Point in the late 1970s, and while only a few hardy residents remained, dozens of deteriorating, wooden edifices peppered the original main street. The opportunity to purchase some of these buildings presented itself, and Herb and Chuck sprung into action, each purchasing one. In 1981, Chuck’s brother Walt joined them in purchasing the post office, general store, and the home of Senator Harry Wiley, which was complete with original furnishings.

Interestingly, Herb hit a mega-jackpot in Las Vegas, which enabled him to purchase most of the historical structures you can see and visit today. Soon after hitting it big in Vegas, Herb and Walt bought all of the buildings that came available and have lovingly restored them since. Community members and friends of Walt and Herb banded together to repair roofs and overhaul the interiors, but were very careful to leave the weather-beaten historical exteriors intact.

gold point saloon
stargazing in nevada at gold point ghost town

Today, history buffs and ghost town enthusiasts flock to Gold Point and its still-standing main street. Step inside a picture-perfect, Old West saloon and you can pony up to the bar, shoot pool on a 1909 Brunswick table, or browse a photo album—weighing 128 pounds—that contains more than 8,000 images of Nevada mining camps.

Visitors can also overnight at the Gold Point Ghost Town Bed & Breakfast and stay in an original miner cabin. You may wake up to jackrabbits right outside your front door in the morning, and some guests have reported ghostly experiences when spending the night. The stargazing in these parts isn’t too shabby either, as it’s considered to be one of the darkest spots in Nevada.


Gold Point is approximately 296 miles south of Reno and 175 miles north of Las Vegas off U.S. 95. From U.S. 95, take State Route 266 westbound and follow for about 7.2 miles until making a slight left onto State Route 774. Travel about 7.4 miles on this road, which will bring you right into the heart of Gold Point.

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Central, Nevada