Searchlight, Nevada


Searchlight Details

Status: Active Town

Date Settled: 1898

Current Population: 500

Peak Population: ~1,500

Elevation: 3,547 Feet (1,081 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver

State: Nevada

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Searchlight Description

George Frederick Colton discovered gold at this site in 1897. By 1898 the town of Searchlight had settled at the site and a new mining district was born. Searchlight's heyday was the period between 1907 and 1910, when the mines produced more than 7 million in gold and the town had a population of around 1,500. The last gold mines in the area closed around 1953.

Did You Know.......

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


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