Mojave River Valley Museum
Ghost Town -
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Searchlight, a living ghost town, at an elevation of 3,540 ft, may have been named after a brand
of matches; or a steamboat that traveled the
Colorado River, or even a searchlight. No one knows for sure.
Gold was first found in 1897 by G.F Colton. By 1898 the Searchlight Mining District was founded. By 1940
a total of about $4.5 million in gold was produced. Presently, the little Nevada town has a population of