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Onmilo
06-18-2005, 07:27 PM
Can anybody out west tell me the status of this town.
My dad and I visited 30 years ago and it was all but vacant.
I wonder if this place ever came back or is it still a ghost?

Flatiron
06-19-2005, 04:10 AM
Are you sure it was called Goldtown? I know there are a quite a few variations of Gold-----, such as Gold Point , Goldville, Gold Hill, etc. I've not heard of Goldtown, though. I'll bet Johnnie and Sheila might be able to shed some light on this subject. Good luck in your search.

Johnnie
06-19-2005, 07:06 AM
Are you sure it was called Goldtown? I know there are a quite a few variations of Gold-----, such as Gold Point , Goldville, Gold Hill, etc. I've not heard of Goldtown, though. I'll bet Johnnie and Sheila might be able to shed some light on this subject. Good luck in your search.We have to agree with you Flatiron, we have not heard of Goldtown, Nevada either maybe if our fellow ghosttowner would give us all more information on what part of the state it was located all of us can do some more research and track it down, meanwhile if we get some more time we will do some more research. If Another Bob checks in today he may shed some light on this old mining camp of "Goldtown." Bob has more in his Nevada,history archives than we do.

Happy Hunting
Your Fellow Ghosttowners
Johnnie & Sheila

Bob
06-19-2005, 08:44 AM
Either this is a town unknown to me, a name chosen and rejected by the post office for some town I know by another name or I agree, someone has confused Goldfield, Gold Hill, Golden Arrow, etc...

Bob
06-20-2005, 08:49 AM
I did a search of my files for locales named Gold* in Nevada and came up with the following:

Gold Butte and Goldenrod in what is now Clark County
Gold Creek and Golden City in Elko County
Gold Hitt, Gold Horn, Gold Mountain, Gold Mountain Divide, Gold Net, Gold Point, Gold Reef, Goldfield and Goldfield Junction in what is now Esmeralda
Goldville in Eureka County
Gold Run in what is now Humboldt County.
Gold Acres, Gold Hill (Not the famous one), Gold Park and Gold Quarts in Lander County.
Gold in Lincoln County was never big enough to be called a town.
Goldy in Lyon County
Gold Bar, Gold Center, Gold Flat, Gold Hill (Again not the famous one), Gold Park, Gold Point, Gold Reed, Golden, Golden Arrow, and Goldyke in Nye County.
Goldbanks, Goldbud, and Golden Jacket in what is now Pershing
The famous Gold Hill in Storey County
Golden Valley in what is now Washoe County (Includes Roop or Lake County)

You will note there is no Goldtown. There are other places with gold in their name like Petersgold in Nye County but Iím convinced that Goldtown Nevada is a misnomer. It would be a good name for a Casino I suppose.

Johnnie
06-20-2005, 11:21 AM
I did a search of my files for locales named Gold* in Nevada and came up with the following:

Gold Butte and Goldenrod in what is now Clark County
Gold Creek and Golden City in Elko County
Gold Hitt, Gold Horn, Gold Mountain, Gold Mountain Divide, Gold Net, Gold Point, Gold Reef, Goldfield and Goldfield Junction in what is now Esmeralda
Goldville in Eureka County
Gold Run in what is now Humboldt County.
Gold Acres, Gold Hill (Not the famous one), Gold Park and Gold Quarts in Lander County.
Gold in Lincoln County was never big enough to be called a town.
Goldy in Lyon County
Gold Bar, Gold Center, Gold Flat, Gold Hill (Again not the famous one), Gold Park, Gold Point, Gold Reed, Golden, Golden Arrow, and Goldyke in Nye County.
Goldbanks, Goldbud, and Golden Jacket in what is now Pershing
The famous Gold Hill in Storey County
Golden Valley in what is now Washoe County (Includes Roop or Lake County)

You will note there is no Goldtown. There are other places with gold in their name like Petersgold in Nye County but Iím convinced that Goldtown Nevada is a misnomer. It would be a good name for a Casino I suppose.
Thanks Bob, Great research. we have to agree with you and Flatiron,Our research came up with with a blank too, and that was our conclusion also, There was apparently no official listing of a mining camp by the name "Goldtown."
Maybe our fellow ghosttowner may have got the name incorrect.

Johnnie & Sheila

Flatiron
06-20-2005, 06:37 PM
Great Job Bob and Johnnie................I'm willing to put my money on "Goldfield". How about you guys? Onmilo.......Are you out there? Do any of these sound familiar?.....

Johnnie
06-21-2005, 05:19 AM
Great Job Bob and Johnnie................I'm willing to put my money on "Goldfield". How about you guys? Onmilo.......Are you out there? Do any of these sound familiar?.....
Our guess is "Goldfield" too Flatiron, or one of the other towns that Bob has on his list. Hey!!! What happen to our fellow ghosttowner Onmilo??? This seems to be a mystery as much as trying to find "Goldtown".

Johnnie

Onmilo
06-21-2005, 06:08 AM
Sorry for not getting back sooner, the reality of the real world,,,,,

Anyway after searching the sight I am now convinced the place was called Goldfield, not Goldtown.
I have read some threads here referring to a Hotel in Goldfield and I do remember a really big Hotel, totally unoccupied, that was in this town.

Bob
06-21-2005, 06:34 AM
Goldfield is still the country seat of Esmeralda County and has all the operational county facilities. The famous Santa Fe Saloon, one gas station, an operating post office and couple curio shops. The Hotel was indeed sold for back taxes and there is real hope that something will happen. Goldfield has been aggressively selling vacant buildings where back taxes are due and actually is in an arrested state of deterioration. This means something for a community with a couple hundred residents but even more when you consider that Goldfield was once the most cosmopolitan community west of the Mississippi, the largest town in Nevada and boasted the best of hotels, stores, and amenities. With a less than one hundredth of its heyday population, Goldfield is still home to a few and a magnificent page from early 20th century history for many, many more.

Flatiron
06-21-2005, 08:13 PM
Just to add to Yet Another Bob's comments on Goldfield.............It is reported that the Northern Saloon had the longest bar in mining camp history, as it took something like 75-80 bartenders to serve its customers in those days. Wyatt and Virgil Earp also resided there for a while, and I believe Virgil died there from pneumonia. Maybe Bob or Johnnie can verify that. World famous boxer Jack Dempsey also trained in Goldfield and Teddy Roosevelt visited there at least once. With a population near 30,000, it was quite a cosmopolitan town at one time. It's well worth a side trip off of Hwy. 95 just south of Tonopah. ...................

Bob
06-22-2005, 06:11 AM
Flatiron. I can't dispute anything you posted. I have numerous research articles and books. There are more stories about major prize fights, other important visitors and plenty of out-of-copyright (pre-1923) writings. There is a lot of great Nevada political history as well. The task of telling the "complete" story of Goldfield would be daunting. Shawn Hall is working on his next book (Mineral and Esmeralda Counties) and Iím sure when that is release, it will contain a balanced, if condensed write-up of Goldfield. I wouldnít know where to start as the things that interest me may not be primary concern to others for instance there were at least three short-line railroads within Goldfield and three long-haul railroads that terminated at Goldfield (One coming from the north and two from the south) and the location of the grades and ownership of the lines intrigues me far more than Virgil Earpís passing (He was buried there but later retrieved and his body reburied elsewhere.) If someone has a specific question, ask it, give me a couple days to ďget the factsĒ and Iíll get ya an answer. .

GaryB
06-23-2005, 07:52 PM
It's also Esmeralda's biggest money maker in the form of speeding tickets :p

teds280z
11-01-2006, 03:26 PM
I do know that around here it would probably be Goldhill that still has people living there. This town is next to Virginia City.:cool:

David A. Wright
11-03-2006, 06:02 AM
Wyatt and Virgil Earp also resided there for a while, and I believe Virgil died there from pneumonia.
Rhyolite Herald, October 27, 1905
"Virgil Earp, for many years United States Marshal in Arizona, died at the Miner's Union hospital at Goldfield, from pneumonia, at the age of 62. The deceased, who had several notches on his gun, obtained in the discharge of his duties in strenuous times, was a member of the well-known family, his brother, Wyatt Earp, who also has a great reputation as a 'gunman,' having lived in Tonopah three years ago."

Johnnie
11-04-2006, 07:05 AM
Just smoothing out a minor bump in the road.

Thanks Laura for getting out so early and (T C B) and we were imprest everyone else's write up on Virgil Earp, :)
Happy trails
Johnnie & Sheila

bad bob
11-04-2006, 04:09 PM
Hey, guess what I bumped into?
bb.

Johnnie
11-06-2006, 08:06 AM
Thanks Laura for getting out so early and (T C B) and we were imprest everyone else's write up on Virgil Earp, :)
Happy trails
Johnnie & Sheila

Thanks Bad Bob, and everyone else who got out early and bulldoz, all the spam that cluttered the roads to our ghost towns, This is the first chance we got to check out the bulletin board since out last posting.:)

Sheila & Johnnie

bad bob
11-06-2006, 10:47 AM
Thanks Bad Bob, and everyone else who got out early and bulldoz, all the spam that cluttered the roads to our ghost towns, This is the first chance we got to check out the bulletin board since out last posting.:)

Sheila & Johnnie


No prob......glad to oblige.