Downeyville is an old mining camp and ghost town located in Nye County, Nevada. In May 1877 silver-lead discoveries in the area caused a large influx of start up mining camps and development. Most of a local site, Ellsworth, made the journey to the yet to be named location. So many people made the trip, that frequently, they were greeted with no accommodations and would be forced to sleep outside or camp.
The town of Downeyville was founded in 1878 and had a populationsof 200 men, stores, stables, Wells Fargo Express, saloons and stage lines. A post office was added in March of 1879 and the town was named after the first postmaster, P. Downey. By 1881 ore was shipped to the nearby Carson & Colorado railroad for processing, until a lead smelter was constructed several years later. Like many boom towns, Downeyville passed into history with the next big discovery and by 1901 the post office was discontinued.