GOLD POINT

NAME: Gold Point
COUNTY: Esmerelda
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 7
CLIMATE: Mild Winter, hot summer.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Anytime.
COMMENTS: About 60 miles from Beatty. Home of the Ghosttowns.com Rally 2000. - Sheriff Stone (Herb Robbins) caretaker - 702-643-4372.
REMAINS: Many original and resotred buildings.

Originally named Hornsilver because it was a silver mining camp, it never became the boomtown its founders had hoped. In 1929, the silver market offered nothing but bad news, investors decided that "Gold Point" would have more value as a name. At one time, two thousand people occupied the town, but legal and other problems confronted the operators. The lack of resolutions, for whatever the reason, killed the town. Gold Point is south of Goldfield off of highway 95. Most of the town is now owned by Herb Robbins, otherwise known as Sheriff Stone. Herb hosts many exciting outings and adventures at Goldpoint including the Ghosttowns.com Rally 2000! Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.

Gold Point was a general ranching area more than a town. There are a number of abandoned ranches in the area and in particular the old Fisher Ranch where a number of old buildings still remain. The most unusual building on the ranch is a most attractive false front, the original purpose of which is not known. The Gold Point area is well worth visiting just to see the false front.

Historical Marker located at Gold Point

Known originally as Lime Point, this area was first settled about 1880. The early camp was abandoned by 1882. In March 1908, a silver strike brought a new camp into existence. Called Hornsilver, it flourished for about a year, boasting about 800 residents, at least 11 saloons, a post office, telephone service and a newspaper. Most of the businesses closed the following year. After a number of small booms and bust, the town was renamed Gold Point in 1932. Two local residents eventually served in the Nevada State Senate, Harry DeVotie and Harry Wiley, whose wife, Ora Mae served as postmistress from 1942 until 1967. The post office closed in 1968, and in 1979 stabilization of the town was started by Herb Robbins. Dedicated this 18th day of April, 2004  Queho Posse, Chapter 1919 E Clampus Vitus Satisfactory!

Submitted by Russell Beere


Gold Point
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Gold Point
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Gold Point
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Mine area
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Mine area
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Mine area
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Gold Point
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Post Office and Store --- Store had bachelor quarters in rear where owner lived --- Just inside door of store was the Post Office window, leading to an attached house where the Postal lady lived. --- Later on the two people fell in love and were married and lived in the house.
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Gold Point
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Gold Point
Courtesy David A. Wright
Great Basin Research


Gold Point
Courtesy David A. Wright
Great Basin Research


Gold Point
Courtesy David A. Wright
Great Basin Research


Gold Point
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Inside of the Gold Point post office. February 20, 2000. D.A Wright photo.


A Fairbanks Morse single cylinder gasoline engine, vintage 1919. It was a treat to hear the recently restored engine start up and purr along at 450 RPM. February 20, 2000. D.A. Wright photo.


Gold Point
Courtesy Russell Beere


Gold Point
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Gold Point Road
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Gold Point
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Goldpoint
Courtesy Bill Yanneck


Goldpoint
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Gold Point
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Gold Point
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Gold Point
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Mercantile Store
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Gallows
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Gold Point
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Gold Point
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Gold Point
Courtesy David A. Wright
Great Basin Research


Gold Point
Courtesy David A. Wright
Great Basin Research


Gold Point
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Gold Point
Courtesy Dolores Steele


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Gold Point. January 3, 2000. David A. Wright photo


Inside the Wiley home, Gold Point. February 20, 2000. D.A. Wright photo.


Campaign poster for Harry Wiley, long time Gold Point resident. February 20, 2000. D.A. Wright photo.


Inside the Townsend Building, which is now a saloon for the guests of the small Bed & Breakfast at Gold Point. February 20, 2000. D.A. Wright photo.


Gold Point


Gold Point


Goldpoint - Looking east on Main street of Gold Point - Famous Cacti that appear in most of the photos taken by other photographers. This gives a different view of what it looks like from the east.
Courtesy Johnnie Church

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