Delamar "The Widow Maker" (1893-1909)
"Well then. No love for our historic markers. Nevertheless, this is an interesting area! ... With a stern demarcation of the Mojave as seen by this thick and stately forest of Joshua trees. Right at the meeting of these deserts, #90 should be standing to honor a long and winded gold camp, but instead, the view only seems lonelier. What makes this worse is I wouldn't even know who to contact in this isolated patch of the Battle Born State." -- Journal Entry, April 2009
Original Date Visited: 4/18/09
Gold was discovered here in 1889. This isolated, treeless metropolis of over 1,500 residents, had a newspaper, hospital, school, churches, saloons and a stockbroker. Entertainment included brass bands, dance orchestras and stage attractions at the Opera House.
Water came from Meadow Valley Wash, 12 miles away. All other materials were hauled through the mountains by mule team 150 miles from a railroad head at Milford, Utah. For 16 years, most of the bullion was hauled out in the same manner.
The dry milling processes used prior to the introduction of wet methods created a fine silicon or "death" dust which caused the deaths of many residents and gave the town its nickname.
Delamar produced $15,000,000 in gold and was Nevada's leading producer of that decade.
Thanks to Karen Bodell for this fabulous update!
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