"... Battle Mountain reminds me of a boy who, although likes to talk, really just keeps to himself. It's a 90s Springsteen-ish kinda place with a mix of 50s Americana thrown in. Yeah. Battle Mountain is kind of like that ... all wrapped up and rolled into one." -- Journal Entry, September 2009
Original Date Visited: 9/23/09
Signed: There's one severely faded cut-out shield on the westbound side of Front Street, east of Reese Ave.
Battle Mountain's name derives from the mountain range to the southwest where in 1850, angry California emigrants ambushed a band of Shoshones after the indians had attacked their wagons.
As a town, it did not spring into existence until January 1870. In October 1868, the railroad established Reese River Siding here, and made Argenta, five miles eastward, its principle station and point of departure for the busy mining camps to the southward.
Early in 1870, Argenta was moved bodily to this location, and Reese River Siding was renamed Battle Mountain Switch. Stage and freight roads north and south teemed with "mud wagon" stages and massive freight wagons, hauled by jerk-line teams.
From 1880 to 1938, Battle Mountain was operating headquarters for the Nevada Central Railroad, as well as the Battle Mountain and Lewis Railroad (1881-1890). The town's first copper boom developed in 1897, in the Galena (Battle Mountain) Range.
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Nevada Towns: Argenta Nevada Towns: Battle Mountain Nevada Towns: Galena
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