Mining Company at Rhyolite,
Nevada Completes Mining Operations
On December 31, 1998, active mining ceased at Rhyolite, Nevada.
Barrick Mining Company, headquartered in Canada, has completed
mining activities there and will now focus on milling the remaining
reclamation and cleanup. It is expected to take them 12-18 months
complete this process.
Barrick also traded the Bureau of
Land Management the old Las Vegas &
Tonopah Railroad depot in Rhyolite for ownership of the land
large leech pad, a move to extend the deadline for environmental
Barrick Mining Company took over
the Rhyolite operations of LAC Minerals
Company in 1991, who had been mining in Rhyolite since 1989.
LAC was the Australia based Bond International Gold Incorporated
(originally called Dallhold Resources Inc.), who beginning in
constructed the milling facilities at the south end of Ladd Mountain,
about a mile from the Rhyolite townsite. Bond purchased rights
from St. Joe Minerals Corporation, who did the exploratory work
with their purchase of the Montgomery Shoshone Mine in 1983.
Mining operations were contained
to the east side of Rhyolite in the Ladd
Mountain and Montgomery-Shoshone Mine vicinities, with some mining
running out west of Rhyolite on the south slopes of Bonanza Mountain,
the Bullfrog townsite. All historical structures within Bullfrog
Rhyolite were unmolested, although many structures were fenced
chainlink fences during the mining period. The small population
in the Rhyolite and Bullfrog townsites continue to live there.
During this time the Las Vegas &
Tonopah Railroad grade between Rhyolite
and Beatty and on the south end of Bonanza Mountain was closed
off to the
public. It has been reopened for travel, although a small part
route is missing on Bonanza Mountain.
David A. Wright - Great Basin Research
w/input by Claudia Reidhead - Beatty (NV) Historical Society
and Bill Miller - Beatty (NV) Historical Society
David A. Wright
Great Basin Research