a small town with much to see and do, is about halfway
between Reno and Las Vegas. The town has one of the only
open turquoise mines in the country where visitors can
head off on a tour and keep what they find. Weekly tours
of the Royston Turquoise Mine are led by a guide and they
begin from the beautifully-restored Mizpah
its heyday, Tonopah was a boom town for mining gold,
silver, copper and lead. By World War II, however, only
four major mining companies were operating. A huge fire
in October 1942 destroyed the Tonopah Extension mill and
property, and spread to a nearby hotel, causing $100,000
in damage. At the end of the war, even these companies
had left. The final blow came in 1947 when the Tonopah
and Goldfield Railroad folded and its rails were torn up.
walking tour of the old cemetery in town today is
sobering. Victims of murders, suicides, plagues, and the
Belmont Mine Fire are buried here.
are shops and museums to visit in Tonopah, and hiking
trails too. Lunch in the Mizpah Hotel is not to be
missed! The old State Bank and Trust Building, better
known as the Belvada, is being renovated, so watch for
that restored grand dame in the near future.