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    I don't have the time right now to check it as a source of the origin of Searchlight's name, but has anyone read or checked the book SEARCHLIGHT: THE CAMP THAT DIDN'T FAIL, by Reid, Harry, 1998?
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    Default Searchlight Matches/Take a searchlight to find it.

    Harry leans toward the the origin being one of the two most common reasons; a pack of Searchlight Matches with some credence to the story of the quote "there may be gold there but it would take a searchlight to find it". Ain't talked to Harry since he got Tom Daschle's Job but I'll ask him next time I see him what his personal opinion (not his published opinion) is?
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    I always liked Adaven.


    My Great-Grandfather ran a stage coach from Pioche to Searchlight. But I've never heard of why it was so named.

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    Default A fellow ghosttowner grandfather was a Searchlight stage driver

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryB
    I always liked Adaven.


    My Great-Grandfather ran a stage coach from Pioche to Searchlight. But I've never heard of why it was so named.
    Sounds like you have a lot to share with rest of us about your grandparents that lived in Nevada. Did your grandfather ever pass on, any of his adventures while he drove a stage?

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    Never met him. Not sure of how he died (have to ask) but both of my Grandfathers died from Miner's Lung. My Dad's Father was not long after he graduated high school. My Mother's Dad died soon after I was born (76) I beleive. Both Grandma's lived well into their 80's though.


    My Dad said they used to ask if he (GreatGpa)ever ventured into Vegas and he said it was too far from the route. The route went along the foothills of Frenchman's Peak

    I'm also one of those poor-rich grand children whose elders turned down prime realestate in Vegas for something like $.25 an acre


    My Dad has tons of stories. But he just teases me with one now and then. My Mom did work at the movie theater in Caliente (for those who've seen it) and my Dad delivered propane to numerous mines/towns throughout Clark and Lincoln Counties when he was youngin.

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    Cool "How Did The Old Mining Towns And Mines Get There Name

    Last year we posted some information out of are history archives. On what we thought was a interesting topic. "How did these old west mining towns get there names."

    Well here is a town that falls into that catagory
    "SCHWAB." Between 1901 and 1907 the mountains on the east side of Death Valley contained a score of ooptimistic mining camps and some of these camps developed into thriving towns such as Rhyolite have managed to leave their imprints on the pages of history. In other communities like Schwab, the cycle of birth , boom, and the bust, did not take long. Today the sands of Echo wash have reclaied what briefly belonged to Schwab, and history scarcley remembers its finest hour.

    This short lived western mining camp, was named after Charlie Schwab a steel magnate, friancier and noted mining speculater of the times, He had acquired controlling intrest in the famouse Montgomery-Shosone mine at Rhyolite and had bought many promising clamis at Greenwater.

    Although it is "not true," people seemed to think that whatever Charlie Schwab touch, turned to gold. Therefore, it was "not" unlikely that the citizens of Echo Wash chose "Schwab" as the name of their camp,

    When we look Schwab, on our web site Ghosttowns.com our fellow ghosttowner David A. Wright writes that the discovers, Chet Leavitt, and his partner Moroni Hicks,two mormans found some rich gold barring quartz by their pack animals that had wandered off from their camp site during the night so they dubbed the find "The Stray Horse Mine" so you would think that the name of this new camp would be named for the founders and not some some rich fellow from Pennsylvania.

    But reason for the townspeople naming their new camp "Schwab" instead of Hicks, or Leavitt, after the founders, they knew that with a name like Schwab, investers were bound to be attracted. Perhaps the logic partially worked. The Tonopha and Tidewater Railroad had their tracks a few miles east and they were considering a spur line over to Schwab. A rival line the Las Vegas and Tonopha Railroad actually had the road grade surveyed.

    As it turned out the bank panic of 1907 struck a demoralizing blow to mining speculators and Schwab was among the early casualties.

    This short lived town did thrive for awhile as our fellow ghosttowner David Wright states on our web site. It had its usual stores and saloons and Post office and even telephone line that was run from Rhyolite via lee and Echo camps. The mining camp buildings that are there at Schwab now are from the diggings of the 1920s and 1930s mining continued off and on till the 1940s And the mine nearby by the name of "Skibo" was named after the Scotish Castle belonging to Andrew Carnegin a place that has a romanic sounding naming on a less that romantic landscape.

    According to our fellow ghosttowners David's research, this short lived minging camp had some interesting townspeople that live there. What happened to these three young ladies that David, writes about Gertrude Fesler, a stock broker from Chicago, and Mrs. F. W. Dunn, from San Bernadino and her daughter Helen H. Black, did they move on to bigger better projects after this town turned to a ghost town.

    And what happened to form of goverment that these brave ladies started, in this little camp did they take law and order somewhere else. David stated that their law and order even started a publication to be written and circulated, What happen to this publication Maybe our fellow ghosttowner "Cecile" has some of information in her history archives on these very brave pioneer women of the old west.

    We hoped we spiced up the bulletin board some with some old west history.

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    Cool Unusual Names Giving these Western Towns

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    My wife and I were viewing the posts on the bulletin board and thought it would be interesting to see what the rest of you think of the topic, of how these old west towns got there names.

    The mining town of Dunn Glen we presume was named after the founder, As we all know many of them were, Our friend and fellow "Yet another" Bob, may know and would be glad to the share the history on this great mining town in his great state of Nevada.

    A few mining camps went unnamed for short a time for one reason or another till the the towns people could come up with a catchy name.

    Many townspeople choose names of famouse people for their new community some chose names that they thought might bring them good luck, such as Lucky Boy, Home Ticket, Hidden Treasure, Paymaster, which was giving to one of grandfathers mines in Idaho.Then there was names like Eldorado, Good hope Jubilee Big Bankroll, Horn Silver, that we all know was later change to "Gold Point".

    The old mining town of National was named after the National Automobille.

    The Monkey wrench dicovery was giving by Riggs family who used a monkey wrench to break off a chunk of rock and were rewarded with very rich strike.

    Then some mines were giving homey names like Yellow Jacket, Bean Pot, The Tiffanny Mine, the red ruby, The Emeral,Golden Ledge.

    Some of these mines and towns adoped names of nearby streams or canyons or mountains ranges where they were located The Pony Ledge mine was named after the canyon that was used by the famouse Pony Express.

    As we all know the gambling instinct was so much part of the mininers everyday lives in the old west that some miners like to use names like Jumbo, Big Casino Royal Flush, Four Aces, Jackpot, Seven Up, Buck the Tiger, The Klondike, as we know some of these names are used by race horse owners of today.

    The town of Tonopah was from an Indian word meaning "No wood No water," We all know the mining camp of Bullfrog, was giving the new strike by the famouse miner Shorty Harris, for all the green rocks found in the aera.

    Then what about Rough and Ready, was this named pick by the townspeople to let the "Riff Raff know to keep on riding, because they were Rough and they were Ready, Instead of giving a name like The "Everyones Bonanza."

    Last year there was a town that we wanted to know about, as I remember went by the name of Riggs,and we wondered why we could not find it on the map, This question was answered by a fellow ghosttowner "Yet another" Bob and he shared what he knew on the history on this great little town in centeral Nevada and what he found out, that this town change it's name several times for one reason or another.

    There is a book published in the 1970s that is great for the explorer that wants to know what these town look like back in 1800s it has a bout hundred old photographs and to the explorer and researcher it is important to know where the main street was and where the buildings once stood.

    We all wonder I am sure what is going to left for future generations to see in the next 50 years of these fast dissapearing treasures of the old west are they all going to fade into past, We hope not, or will there be just a pile of tin cans and pile of wood who knows for sure.

    Well we hope we spiced up the bulletin board a little we hope you enjoyed our input and our love for the old west.

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    Yesterday we wrote about "Schwab" the old mining camp in Inyo County and how this camp and it's townspeople came up with a good name to call this new strike in Echo Canyon.

    There is so many old west towns that had unusual names for one reason or another some named for their founders like what we wrote about last year the mining town of "Greenwater" was named for the founder Mr. Green, and not the water or like "Schwab" was named for just for Charlie Schwab's name that name was sure to attract investers, some were named for the soundring landscape as was "Calico,"

    For a number years before Calico,the town was named, the district was known as Calico Hills due to the mottled coloring of the soil and rocks. There are a number of variations of how the town came to be Calico. It was at a traditional town metting that it is said to have been chosen. The names of Buena Vista, Calico, Silver Gulch, and Silver canyon, were suggested one miner suggested that Calico was the best name because town is nestled in all these colorfull hills and is as pretty as a ladys Calico dress.

    One of the participants, was a Mr. Delameter, took it upon himself to write out an application for a Post office and insert the name of the requested office as Calico His request was approved and Calico got a Post offfice.

    Rawhide,that we wrote about last year we posted some information on how it got it's name. The town of Riggs, Another Bob gave us some it's history up in centeral Nevada. "Searchlight" Ceceil, and Another Bob O.J. David Wright, GaryB, and China lake Kid, contributed their input and some gave there versions on how searchlight got it's name, and we all seem enjoy how that posting on "Beowawe," That our fellow ghosttowner "Bthcrew12" asked about in Feb. of this year, and how that R/R siding up in central Nevada, got it's name.

    There is so many old west towns with unusual names to ponder over, We are sure there is more information on others, that other fellow ghosttowners might have stored away in some old history book, meanwhile we will keep on looking for more of these old ghost towns and how these pioneers came up with names for their little towns.

    Here are somesuggestions of old western towns to look into with (unusual names)

    (Montana) Zortman, Pardee, Pony, Wickes, Rimini.

    (Idaho) Bay Horse, Shoup, Leesburg, Potosi Gulch.

    (Wyoming) Atlantic City, Rambler, Glenco, Encampment

    (Washington) Index, Nahcotta, Bossburg, Bakers Bay.

    (Oregon) Lonerock,Chitwood, Butterville, Apiary,
    Champoeg.

    (Nevada) Tuscarora, Manhattan, Ione, Candelaria,

    (Colorado) Pitkin, Ohio City, Mail Pouch, Spar City, Kokmo, Apex.

    (California) Hornitos Whiskeytown Timbuctoo,
    Shingle Springs. Mokelumne Hill,

    (Arizona) Bumble Bee, Vulture City, Contention city.

    Your Fellow Ghosttowners
    Researchers, Authors, and Historians.
    Johnnie & Sheila
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    Wow Johnnie.... That's a bunch to digest at one sittin'. Can we just chew on 'em one or two at a time??? OJ

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    Default I agree qith OJ

    While we are at it, let's take our time. Often there are "more: than one possible reasons cited for a name. Sometimes the answer is very clear like :Johnnie" names for Tecopa's son Johnnie or Goodsprings named for springs settled by Joseph Good but just as often there more than one meaning cited, like Elko and Beowawe. Give us a while to chew on this.
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    Cool "Tybo" Where did that name come from???

    Last year we and others, posted some interesting information on where some of these ghost towns, got their names. The other day a fellow ghostowner was asking about "TYbo" Well we wondered where "Tybo" residents came up with that name. Bob, or maybe one of our fellow ghosttowner has that little "Tid-Bit" of western history stored away in their archives.

    Soon we will post a interesting story of how "Delamar" came up with that name and interesting story of "Delamar, Nevada history.

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