Manhattan – Nevada State Historic Marker #97

Manhattan NSHM is Nevada State Historical Marker number ninety seven and is located in Nye County, Nevada.

Manhattan Nevada 1906
Manhattan Nevada 1906

Nevada State Historical Markers identify significant places of interest in Nevada’s history. The Nevada State Legislature started the program in 1967 to bring the state’s heritage to the public’s attention with on-site markers. Budget cuts to the program caused the program to become dormant in 2009. Many of the markers are lost of damaged.

A Manhattan Mining District to the northeast was first organized in 1867, and some tunnel mining was done. The place name persisted in local use and was adopted in 1905 when John Humphrey found gold at the foot of “April Fool Hill,” near the old stage route. A typical boom followed. A post office was started late in 1905, and the camp soon had telegraph, telephone, utilities and businesses. Transport was to Tonopah and the railroad at Sodaville.

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake stopped mining investment. As a result, most of the productive work here was by lessees. The gold strikes were in ore and placer, and by 1909 there were 13 mines and 16 placers. Some of the operations were the Big Four, Litigation Hill Merger, Stray Dog, September Fraction and White Caps. Hydraulic placering started in 1909. In 1938, dredging began, continuing 13 years. Over $10,000,000 was produced.

“Manhattan always was a good camp.”


Manhattan NSHM Map

Manhattan NSHM Summary

Nevada State Historic Marker 97
NameManhattan, Nevada
LocationNye County, Nevada
Latitude, Longitude38.5707, -117.1816


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