Jarbidge, Nevada


Jarbidge Details

Status: Near Ghost Town

Date Settled: 1909

Current Population: ~20

Peak Population: ~1,500

Elevation: 6,218 Feet (1,895 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

State: Nevada

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Jarbidge Description

In 1908 Congress established the Humboldt National Forest with a ranger station here at Mahoney. That same year Dave Bourne discovered gold and 1,500 miners moved in, living mainly in tents. The president excluded Jarbidge from the forest in 1911, allowing for private ownership of land. The lively business district, including numerous multi-story buildings and an eatery built of bottles, was leveled by fire in 1919. After the boom, the population of Jarbidge rarely exceeded 200. The mines closed in the 1930's after producing about ten million in gold. The last stagecoach robbery in the United States happened near this site in 1916.

From a sign in town

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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