CURRANT

NAME: Currant
COUNTY: Nye
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.
COMMENTS: Semi-ghost.
REMAINS: Some newer buildings and cabins.  

The site was first homesteaded in 1868 and in several years ten families moved to the area. It was first known as a farming community that became the supply point for the many ranches in the valley. In 1883 the population of Currant was around fifty and consisted of a few stores, a saloon, and a number of other buildings. The population remained fairly constant during the remainder of the century. Mining activity came to the area in 1914 when gold was discovered on one of the ranches. It never amounted to much. When mining activity was stopped, Curran wasn’t affected in any way. Things remained pretty much the same until the late 1930s when magnesite deposits were discovered. Although the major deposits were located in White Pine County, Nye County contained small but highly productive claims. This activity came to an end in 1942. Today, Currant has a population of about sixty-five. Most of the residents work the small oil wells to the south. The majority of the buildings are fairly new but a few of the remaining old cabins still stand. Submitted by: HBC

 


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