Hot Creek

As a result of numerous ore discoveries in nearby canyons during 1866, the small town of Hot Creek in Nye County formed quickly and had a population of over 300 by 1868. Charcoal kilns were constructed to fuel the local mills. By 1881, the boom was over after producing $1 million.

Since then, Hot Creek has been a prosperous ranching area. Many vintage buildings and kilns survive including the impressive stone Hot Creek Hotel.

The area is well-known for its varied wildlife including big horn sheep, deer, and antelope. Hot Creek Ranch is privately owned. The charcoal kilns are protected by the U.S. Forest Service and any removal of artifacts is a violation of federal law.

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