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Gold Hill & Silver City, Nevada

As Nevada State Road 341 winds its way northward to the Queen of the Comstock LodeVirginia City, it passes through two more mining camps. Though Virginia City got all the glory, Silver City and Gold Hill played an important part in the history of the area.

The first gold nugget in what would become known as Gold Canyon was actually discovered at Devil’s Gate, just north of Silver City, by John Orr and Nicholas Kelly in June, 1850. For the next ten years, the canyon would become the scene of avid placer mining and the busy route to Virginia City, as thousands of miners made their way to the Comstock Lode.

Gold Hill, NV - 1867

Gold Hill, NV - 1867

Gold Hill, NV - 1867

Gold Hill, NV - 1867

Gold Hill, NV - Bank building

Gold Hill, NV - Bank building

Gold Hill, NV - Bullion Gold Mine, 1866

Gold Hill, NV - Bullion Gold Mine, 1866

Gold Hill, NV - Hotel

Gold Hill, NV - Hotel

Gold Hill, NV - Vault

Gold Hill, NV - Vault

Silver City - Commercial Building

Silver City - Commercial Building

Silver City - Entering

Silver City - Entering

Silver City - Fire Dept

Silver City - Fire Dept

Silver City - Mine

Silver City - Mine

Silver City - Mining Remnants

Silver City - Mining Remnants

Silver City - Mining Remnants

Silver City - Mining Remnants

Silver City - Town View

Silver City - Town View