Downeyville Nevada 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 people who came to the new and yet to be named town came from nearby Ellsworth.
So many people made the trip so quickly, that frequently, they were greeted with no accommodations. The new towns people were often forced to sleep outside or camp among the sage brush.
The town of Downeyville was founded in 1878 and had a population of 200 men. The small town boasted several stores, stables, saloons, stage lines which included Wells Fargo Express. A post office was added in March of 1879 and the town was named after the first postmaster, Mr. P. Downey.
By 1881 ore was shipped to the nearby Carson & Colorado railroad for processing, until a lead smelter was constructed in Downeyville, which did not occur until several years later. Like many boom towns, Downeyville Nevada passed into history with the next big discovery hit in Tonopah. Downeyvilles production from 1878 to 1901 is claimed to have produced between $7 million to $12 million worth of silver and lead. By 1901 the post office was discontinued and the town faltered leaving behind stone ruins.
- Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, pgs 309,377, 437