Round Mountain

In early 1906, Louis Gordon discovered high grade gold deposits in the heart of the Toquima Mountains in Nye County. By spring, a small camp called Gordon, after its discoverer, was established. Gordon's population was more than 400 in the summer of 1906, and the town was renamed Round Mountain. This was one of the few places in Nevada where substantial hydraulic mining took place, accounting for a significant percentage of gold production through 1928.

Mining slowed after the 1950s and by the 1970s, the population was only 100. However, huge deposits of microscopic gold were discovered in 1976. Yearly production is currently in the hundreds of thousands of ounces and continues around the clock today. A new town, Hadley, was built in the valley and much of Round Mountain has succumbed to the ever-growing open pit.

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