Initial discoveries of gold, silver, and a small amount of copper were made March 28, 1900 by Charles Nash, John Weeks & William Gotwaldt. The Dogskin or Esmeralda district was formed, with the New Eldorado Mining & Milling Company incorporated to manage the claims. In June 1906, Nash sold to J.T. Degman & C.L. Richards for $60,000, and in July Degman & Richards laid out the new townsite of Nashville. Soon, rich copper-bearing covellite was uncovered and by August, plans were underway for a post office and stage line to Reno. These presumably never came to be, as little mention of Nashville was found thereafter.