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Rhyolite, Nevada

Montgomery-Shoshone Mine




The Montgomery-Shoshone Mine is a historic gold mine located in Rhyolite, Nevada. It was one of the most productive gold mines in the area during the early 20th century. The mine was discovered in 1904 by Frank "Shorty" Harris and Ernest "Ed" Cross. They stumbled upon the site while searching for their lost burro.

Upon discovery, the Montgomery-Shoshone Mine quickly attracted attention and investment from various mining companies. The mine's operations expanded rapidly, with new shafts and tunnels constructed to access rich gold ore veins. The extraction process involved using heavy machinery, including crushers and stamp mills, to crush and separate the gold from the surrounding rock.

At its peak, the Montgomery Shoshone Mine employed hundreds of workers and produced substantial gold. The mine's success brought prosperity to the nearby town of Rhyolite, which grew rapidly as miners and their families settled in the area.

However, like many other gold mines, the Montgomery Shoshone Mine eventually experienced a decline in production. The decreasing ore grades and rising operational costs led to its closure in the early 1920s. Today, the remnants of the mine serve as a reminder of Rhyolite's rich mining history.

Visitors to Rhyolite can explore the Montgomery Shoshone Mine site and witness the remnants of mining infrastructure. The old mine shafts, rusted machinery, and abandoned buildings offer a glimpse into the past and early miners' challenges in pursuing gold.

In addition to the mine site, Rhyolite itself is worth a visit. The ghost town, once a bustling community, now features well-preserved ruins of its former glory. Visitors can wander through the remains of once-grand buildings, including a bank, schoolhouse, and train depot. The town's unique blend of decay and desert beauty makes it a popular destination for photographers and history enthusiasts.

In conclusion, the Montgomery Shoshone Mine in Rhyolite played a significant role in the gold mining industry of the early 20th century. Its rich history and well-preserved remnants offer a fascinating glimpse into Nevada's mining past. Whether exploring the mine site or wandering through the ghost town of Rhyolite, visitors can immerse themselves in the stories of the people who once called this place home.






Bob Montgomery


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