Ready to get to know the Queen of the Silver Camps? Situated in the heart of central Nevada along the Free-Range Art Highway road trip, discover the history of one of Nevada’s most famous silver mining towns at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park. While there are thousands of abandoned mining features throughout Nevada, the Tonopah Mining Park covers more than 100 acres and provides a unique opportunity to explore these historic ruins safely through an array of geology exhibits, historical photos, original headframes that bolstered the Silver State story, and stories of the men and women who lived and worked these historic claims.
The Silver Mine in Nevada That Started the Rush to Tonopah
The story goes that, while camping at Tonopah Springs in 1900, Jim Butler picked up a rock to throw at his wandering donkey and discovered some promising-looking ore. It wound up valued at more than $200 a ton. The journey to building one of Nevada’s most impactful silver mines began.
Venture capital was difficult to obtain in those days, so Jim invented an unusual concept of leasing the mine by the foot that gave lessor 75% of all profits from his claim. This process eventually sped up the development of the district and got many of the miners rich.
Visit the Tonopah Mining Park Today
Covering more than 100 acres, the Tonopah Mining Park is situated behind The Mizpah Hotel. This rich, nowhere but Nevada history is brought to life through preserved and restored equipment and buildings, historic exhibits, video presentations, and a self-guided walking tour. On the grounds, discover some of the most famous mining claims in Nevada through an array of original, historic sites that appear now as they would’ve more than 100 years ago. Explore all kinds of tools and 20th-century mining techniques still used today, peruse historical photos, get a glimpse at one of Nevada’s most complete mineral displays, and more. Spring for a Polaris tour (advanced scheduling recommended) or stroll the grounds at your own leisure to get a glimpse of what it was like to work a 20th Century silver mine.
The Tonopah Historic Mining Park is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The park is closed on all Federal & State U.S. Holidays. The Visitor Center is open from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
Admission to the Tonopah Mining Park is $5.00 for adults and offers free to all veterans and active military. There is no charge for children ages 7 or under. To inquire about group rates and special tours, please get in touch with the Tonopah Historic Mining Park directly at (775) 482-9274 or visit the contact-us page.