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Location: 46 miles
Northeast of Tonopah off State Route 376, NV
Description of Belmont Ghost Town
Belmont is an abandoned ghost town situated 46 miles Northeast of
Tonopah off State Route 376 in Nevada. Belmont was found in 1865 on
a site of newly discovered silver deposit. It quickly grew to 4000
residents. The settlement lasted for over 40 years adding several
boarding houses, church, saloons, sawmills, firehouse, general
stores and even fraternal organization. Additionally the city had
its own newspaper. Over time however silver that kept the city alive
began to dwindle decreasing number of its residents. For a brief
time Belmont was reborn after a new large deposit was discovered in
1914. After just eight years the silver mine was closed again in
1922. The courthouse of Belmont Ghost Town was constructed in 1877.
It served until 1905.
Some of the buildings in Belmont are still
standing, including the courthouse, the Cosmopolitan Saloon, the
Monitor-Belmont Mill, and the combination mill. Currently, the old
Combination Mine and Mill office and Belmont Courier Newspaper
office and associated buildings are under restoration and
preservation, known as the Philadelphia House, a reference to the
name of the lodging house in the 1880s, and the Philadelphia mining
district. This building complex was a business for about 15 years
known as the Belmont Inn and Saloon, and also the Monitor Inn.
Restoration volunteers are being solicited.
To the south of
the site there is the Belmont Courthouse now belonging to Nye County
and cared for by the "Friends of the Belmont Courthouse". The
transfer from the Belmont Courthouse State Historical Park to Nye
County took place in 2012.