"(#98) One of the greatest parks known afforded to us, citizens of this America, lies just over those mountains. The secret is ... how many people know about it. To regular open-space travelers like myself, too many." -- Journal Entry, March 2008
Original Date Visited: 3/14/08
Signed: Both lanes of US 6/50
Osceola, most famous of the White Pine County gold producers, was probably the longest-lived placer camp in Nevada.
The gold-bearing quartz belt found in 1872 was 12 miles long by 7 miles wide. Placer gold was found in 1877 in a deep ravine indenting the area. Miners first used the simple process of the common "49" rocker. Hydraulic monitors were later used to mine the gold from the 10' to 200' thick gravel beds. One nugget found was valued at $6,000.
Osceola was a good business town because of its location near the cattle and grain ranches and gardens of the Spring and Snake Valleys.
Famous district mines were: the Cumberland, Osceola, Crescent and Eagle, Verde, Stem-Winder, Guilded Age, Grandfather Snide, Red Monster, and the Saturday Night.
The camp produced nearly $5 million primarily in gold, with some silver, lead, and tungsten. Intermittent mining continues.
Marker 98 in lonely eastern Nevada.
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Osceola: Great Basin Heritage Area Great Basin National Park (NPS)
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