GOLDFIELD NEVADA'S HISTORIC MINING DISTRICT TODAY
FROM 1903 - 1907 GOLDFIELD SET THE STAGE FOR A HIGHLY SPECULATIVE NATIONWIDE MINING STOCK BOOM
All of the photos on this page were taken in the mining district adjacent to the town of Goldfield. Several late open-pit mining operations remain as environmental blight, and the pits have left the land useless as well as spoiling much of the historic nature of the district.
Looking up at the eastern ridge north of Goldfield where the Yellow Rose, Goldfield Great Bend plus many many others claimed ground. In 1908 Goldfield was the largest gold mining district in the United States. This view above shows the Merger mine headframe to the left and the Little Grizzly at right. The picture below looks due south in the direction of the Florence mine.
Here is another view of the Laguna headframe at left, Merger mine at right and Grizzly at far right. Below is another view of the Merger head frame.
Famous Florence Mill as it appears today
Above is the Florence mine, this property is privately owned and maintained
Inside the Florence Mill
Florence Ball Mill - the ball mill was quieter than a stamp mill, maybe an early form of environmental consideration? -- since the Florence is close to town. This is a huge machine.
Above is a toxic slurry pit north of Goldfield, the worthless and dangerous product of a gold mill. This toxic slurry is loaded with mercury and was expelled as mill waste from the Consolidated Mill from 1907 until 1912. Camping in this area is not recommended.
Above is the famous "Blindman shaft" where a blind miner mined with aid of a rope which, incredibly, also led him back to town.
Laguna Head Frame: The Laguna never produced much gold but it connected underground to many of the Consolidated Properties. Note the large ore bin that took ore from Red Top, Mohawk and other GCMC properties
The view above from Milltown (nothing remains) looks southwest back toward the town of Goldfield. Milltown was just southwesterly of Florence Hill and consisted of a group of mine buildings, perhaps with a makeshift saloon or two, since it was close to town. The railroad passed through this area as well. The Goldfield mining district is very large and during it's day Goldfield was the largest gold mining district in the US. The primitive road here may be followed all around the mining area for about two miles, by completing a large arc which circles back to 95 north of town. If the road were marked it might aid in tourism, but locals seem to prefer peace and quiet instead.
Panic of 1907!