Cobre (Spanish for copper) was created when the Nevada Northern Railway decided to construct its line to Ely from this location on the Southern Pacific rather than from Wells. Construction began in November 1905, and in March 1906 the post office was acquired from Toano, two miles away. By 1910, Cobre had a store, hotel, saloon, mercantile company, depot, and a population of 60. A school opened in 1915. By 1937, only about 20 people lived in Cobre, and in November 1948 the Southern Pacific abandoned the station. Ore shipments continued through Cobre until June 20, 1983, when the smelter at McGill closed. Today, not much remains of Cobre and a large cinderblock engine house from the 1960s dominates the site.

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