Posted by: NevaP
N 39° 29.994 W 115° 57.511
11S E 589546 N 4372771
Quick Description: This marker is by Rt. 50 on the southeast edge of Eureka.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 6/12/2007 1:43:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM1NZR
The prospector said "Eureka" and the boom town was born and named.
Marker Title (required): Eureka
Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 11
Marker Text (required):
"Eureka!" a miner is said to have exclaimed in September, 1864, when the discovery of rich ore was made here--and thus the town was named. Eureka soon developed the first important lead-silver deposits in the nation and during the furious boom of the 80's had 16 smelters, over 100 saloons, a population of 10,000 and a railroad, the colorful Eureka and Palisade that connected with the main line 90 miles to the north.
Production began to fall off in 1883 and by 1891 the smelters closed, their sites marked by the huge slag dumps seen at both ends of Main Street.
County (required): Eureka
Marker Type (required): Other (describe below)
Other Marker Type (optional): Carved Stone Slab mounted on a rock pedestal
Is Marker Damaged? (required): No
URL - Website (optional): [Web Link]
Other Damage Type (optional): Not listed
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