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Tonopah is a Census Designated Place in and the county seat of Nye County, Nevada, United States. It is located about midway between Las Vegas and Reno. It first appeared on world map in 1900 AD following the discovery of silvers ores and mad max rush led the town being dug up left, right and center for silver mines and power mines- some of which still dot the townscape today. This city is an eclectic mix of a glorious commercial history and some of the Nevada’s trademark recreational activities like rock hunting, hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, off-road driving and hunting.
The Tonopah Historic Mining Park
The Tonopah Historic Mining Park is located on the site where silver mining was first done in 1900 AD and includes four oldest mining companies here. This 100-acres park is home to a glorious heritage of silver mining and is brought to life through restored mines, mining equipments, historic exhibits and video presentations. The star attraction here is an underground tunnel that runs through one of the original discovery points and leads to a steel viewing cage to yield a phenomenal view from a 500' deep stope.
Central Nevada Museum
The Central Nevada Museum focuses on more than a hundred years old mining history of Tonopah and the Native American history of the Western Shoshone people. Its indoor exhibits depict Tonopah and its adjacent city called Goldfield that became famous for silver and gold mining respectively during the 20th century. Also of note is a collection of Native American artifacts, fossils, art, railroads and military artifacts. Some renovated exhibits like miners’ cabins, saloon, blacksmith shop, railroad yard, early mining equipment and ore cars are also present.
Belmont Courthouse State Historic Park
Built in 1876 and located 45 miles off Tonopah, Belmont Courthouse State Historic Park is a state park of in Nye County, US. It is a partially restored courthouse and used to serve as the seat of Nye County government until 1905.