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Photos by Gary O'Toole

   Located in the Nevada desert among a cluster of historic mining towns, including Silverpeak and Goldfield, Nevada's Gold Point lies just beyond the reaches of Death Valley and the California border. Gold Point
   One of hundreds of old mining towns and ghost towns in Nevada, Gold Point was once the state's largest. Originally known as Lime Point, at its peak Gold Point boasted a population of 30,000. Another mining tale of boom and bust, silver was first discovered in 1902. With Unionville the nearest town within 250 miles, shipping in supplies and sending out ore proved too costly. Upon discovery of a richer vein, the cycle began again. Without a railroad spur, the boom and bust cycle continued until the discovery of gold, changing the town and its name forever.
   Without creating very much fanfare, Nevada's mining industry is still going strong today. In fact, the area surrounding Elko has managed to become the Gold Point top gold producer in North America. But with the last serious mining operations ending in 1960, Gold Point now attracts only the curious, ghost hunters and ghost town enthusiasts. With 50 plus buildings still standing, the town enjoys a steady stream of visitors. Staged gunfights, guided tours, and a resurgence of building restorations have kept this friendly ghost town on the map. With the addition of Gold Point's photo contest, museum and chili cook-off, perhaps the High Desert Drifters Western Historical Society have struck a new vein.

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