Diamondfield Nevada – Esmeralda County Ghost Town

Located just five miles north-northeast of Goldfield, Diamondfield is a ghost town and mine camp in Esmeralda County, Nevada. The camp was founded by Jackson Lee “Diamondfield Jack” Davis who was pardoned for murder in Idaho and moved to Nevada where is started several mining camps. In the spring of 1903, when news of promising gold strikes in Goldfield, Davis travelled to the location. After exploring and prospecting he uncovered promising ore ledges on McMahon Ridge northeast of town.

DiamondField Nevada  - 1904 - Paher
DiamondField Nevada – 1904 – Paher

Within weeks of his discovery, prospectors flooded into the area. Diamondfield Jack, ever the opportunist plotted a townsite for the location and build a toll road to the new town from Goldfield. In the fall of 1904, the town reached its apex. At that time, it boasted a Post Office, three saloons, restaurants, general stores, schools, church, livery, butcher shop, blacksmith and union hall for the miners, which is impressive for a town just six months old. Public servants such as a sheriff, notary public and lawyer also maintained offices in the new formed district.

Jackson Lee "Diamondfield Jack" Davis (12 Aug 1863–2 Jan 1949)
Jackson Lee “Diamondfield Jack” Davis (12 Aug 1863–2 Jan 1949)

Although seemly setup for the long haul, this little town was never more than a suburb to its rival just five miles away. My 1907, the glory days of Diamondfield were in its past and the towns people migrated to Goldfield for better opportunities.

Town Summary

LocationEsmeralda County, Nevada
Latitude, Longitude37.7460445, -117.1900777
Elevation5,650 feet
Population200 – 300
Post OfficeNov 1904-May 1908

Diamondfield Map


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