Gold Point, Nevada
Gold Point, as the townsite is known today, developed from a mining camp formed 1868 known as Lime Point that was west and just around the corner of the current site. Originally the townsite was called Hornsilver after the discovery of a type of silver ore known as hornsilver. Silver was mined from 1915 to 1927 until a large gold discovery was located. From that point on more gold than silver was being mined and the townsite was renamed as Gold Point. Gold Point is located 30 miles southwest of Goldfield, eight miles off SR 266, at an elevation of approximately 5,400 feet. After gold mining declined, Gold Point became a ghost town but was never officially abandoned, someone has always lived there. Several of the current residents have been restoring some of the old buildings over the years. Today, the old townsite consists of numerous original 100 year old plus buildings, including the original post office. Visit Gold Point - rich with Nevada history.
In a place where chukar and chipmonks outnumber humans 20 to 1 and Jack and Pygmy Cottontail rabbits stop traffic, a well-preserved ghost town continues to exist. The old townsite is a living history lesson with about 50 buildings still standing including former State Senator Harry Wiley's home, (an attachment to the original post office that now serves as a museum) along with the original Hornsilver Townsite and Telephone Office that has been turned into a private saloon by the owners. The Museums are generally open most weekends for guests and large groups. Memorial Day Weekend in the past served as Gold Point Memorial Daze celebration hosting an annual Chili Cook-Off, Dutch Oven Stew contest, Flag Ceremony on Sunday with loads of prizes & drawings, food & drink, games for all ages all weekend long, and live music all day and through the night. For a few days of the year, the population soared to 500 to sometimes 800 guests. Memorial Daze has now faded into the past as part of the town's history. The current Gold Point Memorial Day weekend now hosts "Dinner With A Ghost" where you can purchase a gourmet meal prepared by Chef Dan and then later after dinner take a "guided tour" provided by Ghost Town Operations paranormal research team and search for the lingering "spirits" of those that remain.
Contact www.ghosttownoperations.com John Cushman at 702-813-2187 for more information and reservations for the meal and tour. Seating is limited. Other events are being scheduled as well. Go to the website and click on the Gold Point tab for updates of coming events.
Generally the population is 7 to 10 full time residents. Guest services are available by reservation year round, including electric hook-ups for RV's. Call (775) 482-GOLD (4653) for more information and events schedule. One can take a prearranged guided tour of the town and mill site or explore on your own the remains of as many as 16 old mining camps and hundreds of mine sites within a short drive. Keep your eyes open for the abundant wildlife. Nearby nature sites include waterfalls and watering holes frequented by Pronghorn Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, wild horses and burros. Indian petroglyphs, fossils, petrified woods, and a breathtaking view of Death Valley National Park from Big Molly are also available. Gold Point is truly a "friendly ghost town".
The Senior Transportation Program provides weekly service to Seniors 60 and over and to those under 60 on a space availble basis. Trips are provided to Tonopah Senior Center for hot meals, grocery shopping, banking and medical appointments. Shopping trips and social trips to other areas are scheduled as needed. For further information please call 775-482-7300.
Gold Point Fire
Herb Robbins - Chief
HC 71 Box 3023
Gold Point, NV 89013
Phone: 775-482-4653 (home cell)