Goldfield, Nevada is one of the best known mining towns in Nevada. Gold was discovered in 1902 and was the primary mineral mined. USGS Professional Publication 610 lists gold production for Goldfield to be 4.2 million oz. to 1959.
Other significant gold producing districts in Esmeralda County include the Divide District (26,000 oz. to 1959), the Hornsilver District (25,000 oz. to 1959) the Lone Mountain District (32,000 oz. to 1959) and the Silver Peak District (0.6 million oz. to 1959).
Goldfield, the Town:
Tonopah, Nevada is the seat of Esmeralda County, Nevada. The peak population was 20,000 in 1907 present (2010 census) population is approximately 268.
Notes on researching:
Various versions of the Mines Register have helpful information. The 1931 Mines Handbook has more useful information. However, the corporate structures of the mining companies are highly complex due to mergers, spin-offs, and reorganizations. In additon, some mining may have started in Goldfield but then moved on to different locations when the Goldfield operations were no longer profitable.
Notes on collecting:
Stock certificates from the district are fairly common. In addition to the major companies, there were many smaller companies and reorganizations. Goldfield might be considered a high supply/high demand location for collecting purposes. Prices are typically on the lower end.
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Goldfield Consolidated Mines Company (The):
The Goldfield Consolidated was a merger of the large producers in the district. These companies included the Goldfield-Mohawk, Red Top, Jumbo, Laguna Goldfield, and Combination. The 1931 Mines Handbook lists the company as paying over $29 million in dividends between 1907 and 1919.
Goldfield Deep Mining Company:
The Goldfield Deep Ming Company was organized in 1920 with the objective of deep exploration and development. The company acquired properties including the Atlanta, Florence Goldfield, Blue Bull, C.O.D., Goldfield Combination, and other properties. An active exploration program was initiated but according to the 1931 Mines Handbook nothing significant was found.
Goldfield Development Company:
The Mines Handbook (1931) lists the company as being organized to operate the holdings of the Goldfield Consolidated Mines Co. The lease was to last for five years but was cancelled in 1920. The company then moved on to other mine development projects in Nevada and California.
Yellow Tiger Consolidated Mining Company:
The Mines Register, Volume 14 (1920) lists the company as having 350 acres of land located south of the Goldfield Consolidated. It was organized to operate the holdings of the Goldfield Consolidated Mines Co. In 1919 the company acquired the holing three older companies.
To be continued….