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Tonopah, Nevada

According to legend, in early 1900 a potential prospector named Jim Butler was spending the night near the Sawtooth Pass on his way to Klondike, Nevada. The following morning he realized his burro had wandered off. When Butler finally found it he picked up a stone to toss at the beast and noticed the rock’s unusual weight. After bringing the sample down to Klondike, and eventually up to Belmont, Butler realized that he had discovered silver. Likely the story is nothing more than myth, yet however it happened, Butler had found one of Nevada’s largest silver loads. Three years later the town of Tonopah was established around the mines and Butler would forever be a staple in the town’s rich history…

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Elevation: 6,047′
Area: 16.22 mi²
Population: 2,478 (2010)
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