Status: Active Town
Date Settled: 1898
Current Population: 500
Peak Population: ~1,500
Elevation: 3,547 Feet ( 1,081 meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver
Gallery: View 2 Searchlight, Nevada Photos
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.