| NAME: Lida
GRID #(see map): 7
CLIMATE: Warm summers, pleasant to raw in winter with snow.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.
homes still occupied.
REMAINS: Standing and occupied dwellings. Weathered and picturesque outbuildings.
Lida enjoyed two boom periods. Like nearby Palmetto,
Lida was first founded in the late 1860's, an outgrowth of the Aurora
boom. It boomed again in the first decade of the 20th century, it being
rejuvenated during the Tonopah / Goldfield boom. Mexican and Indian prospectors
were working small claims in the Lida region and in nearby Tule Canyon
prior to 1867, when American prospectors organized a district. The townsite
of Lida was laid out in 1872 and began to gather all the trappings of
an outpost town. On March 17, 1873, the United States Postal Service authorized
a post office to be opened, but confusion over state boundaries in this
isolated region had placed the office in Inyo County, California. This
was recognized and corrected the next month, and the office was thereafter
operated as Lida, Nevada beginning April 31, 1873. A good road was developed
north into Silver Peak, all freight and merchandise coming through there
from Wadsworth on the railroad in northern Nevada. Steam powered stamp
mills were constructed and operated utilizing water from springs in the
area. Higher grade ore was sent to Austin and Belmont for treatment. Lida
began to fade along with mining statewide by the 1880s. The region remained
quiet but still populated until Tonopah and then Goldfield sparked increased
interest in the entire region. In 1905, three hundred people called Lida
their home, these supported an increase in the usual business houses,
and they also prompted the publication of the Lida Enterprise. This newspaper
continued operation between April 14, 1905 to October 1906. The same newspaper
also printed the Palmetto Herald for distribution in that nearby camp.
Goldfield also tapped into springs at Lida for distribution to that bustling
city, delivering it with a large pipeline between the two points. An automobile
stage ran between Lida and Big Pine, CA for a few years after 1905. Lida
prospered until later in 1907, when many of the richest mines found themselves
in litigation. Lida began to go into a slow decline. The post office closed
December 14, 1918 and mail transferred to nearby Gold Point (originally
called Hornsilver). Today Lida still has a population but no services.