First timer? In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a once or twice a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.
Landing number 2151; A Landing A Day blog post number 579.
Dan: The weirdness continues (38 straight midwestern and western landings), thanks to this OSer landing in . . . NV; 86/78; 3/10; 17; 149.0. Here’s my regional landing map:
My local landing map shows my proximity (and I’m not all that proximate) to my two titular towns. But hey, there’s nothing closer:
Here’s my Google Earth landing trip:
Note the little stream I landed near? Here’s a close-up:
That little stream flows west, but eventually heads north & hooks up with Fourmile Creek. Here’s a map:
As you can see, Fourmile Creeks discharges to the South Fork of the Owyhee River (2nd hit); to the Owyhee (8th hit) and on to the Snake (76th hit). What you can’t see (but I’m sure you know), the Snake ends up in the mighty Columbia (154th hit).
There’s not much to say about either Midas or Tuscarora. Here’s some of what GhostTowns.com has to say about Midas:
Originally called Rosebud then Gold Circle then Midas, the town was to become one of two biggest twentieth-century gold towns in Elko County. The first gold ore was discovered in July 1907.
By the beginning of 1908 the town supported a doctor, several saloons, two restaurants, a store, two feeding stables, and four real estate offices. By the end of April, the population of Midas was estimated at 1,100. By the end of summer five hotels had been built.
But due to the absence of mills nearby and the cost of shipping the ore a considerable distance, only the richest ore could be shipped and as a result many miners left town. By the end of the year only 250 residents remained. However, by the end of 1910 the mill problem had been addressed with the building of several mills and the population held steady around 200. While the mines produced every year from 1908 to 1941, the amount varied dramatically and all operations were shut down early in 1941.
From the same website, here’s a picture of one of the old mines (with the caption underneath):
Morning Gold Mine, in the canyon above Midas. D.A. Wright photo.
I found a video on the website FriendsOfMidas.org which nicely sums up what Midas is all about. The website included this written introduction:
The following video is the Midas feature from John Tyson’s Journal, which used to be broadcast during the evening news on KOLO (channel 8) in Reno.
In the process of digitizing the tape, news anchor Tad Dunbar’s first words were cut off. As the video starts, he’s saying, “If you’re having one of those days…”
Moving over to Tuscarora, here is some of what SilverStateGhostTowns.com has to say:
The Tuscarora mining camp was named after a Union warship of the Civil War. In 1871 rich silver veins were discovered on the east side of Mount Blitzen. At the peak of Tuscarora’s prosperity, it had about 3300 inhabitants, 1800 of which were on the payrolls of the mines; there were two large boarding houses in the place, two good-sized hotels, several general stores, saloons, a drug store, a jewelry store, a gun shop, and enough houses to comfortably care for the population. There were enough mills to take care of the ore mined, the largest of which was the Union Mill built in 1883 Because wood was scarce, the mill used sage brush for fuel to fire its huge boilers and develop steam and power.
During the mid 1880s, the big mines of the 1870s began to play out and the population had slipped to less than 1,000. The town continued to suffer and many businesses closed their doors. The stagecoaches were full leaving town and empty upon their return. During the ensuing years there were many attempts at revival but none succeeded in returning the town to its previous glory. It is estimated that the mines of Tuscarora have produced about $40 million in bullion.
The website has many cool photos. I’ve lifted a couple. First this of an old ore processing mill:
And this, because I’m a sucker for cool shots of old, abandoned vehicles:
Click HERE to check out all of the photos.
I’m going to close with four GE Panoramio shots, taken east & northeast of my landing (and less than 10 miles away) by SL&LS. We’ll start with great documentation of my watersheds. First, a shot of (unfortunately, but probably typically dry) Fourmile Creek:
Which “flows” (at least occasionally) into the South Fork of Owyhee River:
Here’s a general landscape shot (taken about 6 miles east of my landing):
I’ll close with another taken from the same area:
That’ll do it.
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