Wonder (Historic Mining Camp-- 1906-1919)

Churchill County
  39.28694, -118.16169

"So, research tells me that Wonder celebrated a beer drinking day sometime in its early life. Apparently a delivery of fresh ale was to made to Carson City, but a long story short ... the deilvery team never came to pick it up. It would be ashame to let all that good booze go to waste so the townspeople took a leisurely day off to drink their worries away. This story was confirmed by the great Stanley Paher in a series of his fine books, the holy grail of ghost town hardcovers ... "Nevada Towns & Tales." Speaking of a cold one, a cold one awaits me in Fallon ... and her name is Pepsi." -- Journal Entry, August 2007

Along US 50 at the junction with SR 121 (Dixie Valley Rd), 35 miles east of Fallon

Original Date Visited: 8/14/07.

Last Confirmed: 8/24/14

Signed: Both lanes of US 50

  • Marker 201 in the remote Dixie Valley
  • Marker 201 plaque

Exact Description:
Located 13 miles to the north is the camp of Wonder, a major mining center in the early years of this century. Thomas J. Stroud and several others made the first locations in March of 1906 and in June of that year, the Wonder Mining District was organized.

Wonder's boom was brief, but spectacular stores and saloons were in operation by mid-summer 1906, and a school was begun in 1907. Bench Creek provided water for the camp and an ice plant and a swimming pool made life somewhat more bearable. During a brief span of years, the Nevada Wonder Mining Company produced some $6,000,000 in silver, gold, copper and zinc.

Wonder's most prominent native daughter is Eva Adams, administrative assistant to Senator Patrick A. McCarran for many years and director of the U.S. Mint during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

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FAIRVIEW (1905-1917)

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