Mineral County

Aurora in Mineral County,NV in the 1930s
Aurora, NV 1930s

Mineral County 4×4 trails are located on the western edge of Nevada, and located about half way up and borders with California.  Mineral county was carved out of Esmeralda County in 1911 shortly after the county seat of Esmeralda was moved to Goldfield in 1907.  The county is named for the geology of the area which is heavily materialized.

Hawthorne is currently the county seat for Mineral county, which is currently 3,813 square miles and boasts 4,772 residents in the 2010 census. Hawthorne was founded in 1881 and currently known as “America’s Patriotic Home”. Hawthorne was originally a division point on the Carson and Colorado Railroad.

The construction of the Hawthorne Army Depot, an ammo storage facility, in 1928 and the subsequent war effort inflated the towns population to 13,000. The bulk of this population growth was from 7,000 service men and women and civilian workers.

Although the surrounding mountains offer famously rough winter weather, Hawthorne enjoys the protection provided by these mountains. As a result, Hawthorne enjoys reasonably mild weather and almost daily sunshine

There are a plethora of mine sights and ghost towns found on Mineral County 4×4 trails, including Aurora.

Mineral County Trail Map

Mineral County Trails

Aurora, NV Photograph by James L Rathbun

Aurora Nevada

Aurora, Nevada is a ghost town in Mineral County near the California border. Aurora is often mentioned as a footnote to larger better preserved town…
George Graham Rice

Broken Hills Nevada

Broken Hills Nevada, c 1915. Ore sacks being loaded for shipment to the railroad at Fallon. Broken Hills, Nevada is more a descriptive term than…
Candelaria, Nevada 1876

Candelaria Nevada

Candelaria was a ghost town in Mineral County, Nevada located about 120 miles south of Falen. The location may be closed due to another local…
Francis “Borax” Marion Smith

Marietta Nevada

Located at 4947 feet above sea level, Marietta was formally established in 1877 near Teel's Marsh and is now a ghost town in Mineral County,…
Rawhide, Nevada - 1915

Rawhide Nevada

Rawhide, Nevada. 1908. Rawhide Nevada was a mining town in Mineral County. The town site is located approximately 55 miles south of Fallon, and 22…

Mineral County Ghost Towns

Rawhide, Nevada - 1915

Rawhide Nevada

Rawhide, Nevada. 1908. Rawhide Nevada was a mining town in Mineral County. The town site is located approximately 55 miles south of Fallon, and 22…
Francis “Borax” Marion Smith

Marietta Nevada

Located at 4947 feet above sea level, Marietta was formally established in 1877 near Teel's Marsh and is now a ghost town in Mineral County,…
George Graham Rice

Broken Hills Nevada

Broken Hills Nevada, c 1915. Ore sacks being loaded for shipment to the railroad at Fallon. Broken Hills, Nevada is more a descriptive term than…
Pine Grove, Nevada - 1880s

Pine Grove Nevada

One of the lesser known yet longest running gold mining camps is Pine Grove, Nevada.  Located in Lyon County, Nevada just East of the 338…
Candelaria, Nevada 1876

Candelaria Nevada

Candelaria was a ghost town in Mineral County, Nevada located about 120 miles south of Falen. The location may be closed due to another local…

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