Gold Mountain

Thomas Shaw discovered gold here in 1864, but soon abandoned his claims. In 1866, four prospectors relocated the deposit and leased their claims. Through the 1870s, development was slow, but by 1880 the Stateline mine was regarded as one of Nevada's best.

In 1881, a ten-stamp mill was built by the Stateline Mining Company. By the middle of the year the townsite, called Gold Mountain, had five saloons, two stores, a boardinghouse, post office, and several other stores. A pipeline was also constructed, bringing water from Tule Canyon and eliminating the need for $3.50 barrels from nearby Oriental. Gold Mountain thrived for the rest of the decade, but fell into decline after 1890. A small revival existed in 1905, and again around 1930 when another mill was built.