Delamar Ghost town 1 June 2012


From Las Vegas take I-15 North to 93
Take 93 North - just past the Mile Marker 76
From Vegas to this point is about 131 Miles.
***** Just past the Mile Marker 76 will be a *****
small sign (Delamar) will be to the right
From 93 - onto a dirt road - will pass 2 cattle guards.
It will be the first left past the 2nd Cattle Guard.
From 93 to the Left turn is about 5 Miles. Then it will be 6 miles from the start of the Left turn to the Cemetery. Then 3 miles up the Hill to the Ghost Town.

Going back to Vegas, when you get out to where you would take a right turn. to go back out to 93. If you take a left there - go a long way down to what I call the 4 corners, It would be like a intersection on the dirt road. could go straight or left or right. TAKE A RIGHT - that will take you just south of Alamo. Cut out about 15 miles from the trip.

Delamar Ghost Town

Delamar "THE WIDOW MAKER" 1893 - 1909

Gold was discovered here in 1889, this isolated, treeless metropolis of over 1500 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 thought the mountains by mule team 150 miles from railhead 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 it's nickname. "WIDOW MAKER"

Delamar produced $15,000,000 in gold and was Nevada's leading producer of that decade. Delamar is off US 93, approx 16 miles west of Caliente, Nevada. Drive about 15 miles south on a gravel / Rock road to Delamar.

No more sign's are posted on the road.

Remains well worth the drive and there are lots of exploration opportunities. but please use your camera and not your shovels and picks.

There are building & Cemetery, farm implements, etc. The town site is deserted and quite a few remains, as it's hard to reach destination has preserved it longer then normal. the gold rush was on in the Pahrangat Valley of Nevada when farmers in 1890 and 1891 discovered gold in the hills around the mountainous valley. In 1892, the Ferguson Mining District was formed. Reports came into Pioche that assays of $75 to $1000 a Ton of ore was being mined resulting in the first rush of miners stampeding to the district.

While miners temporarily camped in Golden City and in the town of Helene, the town of Delamar soon developed shortly thereafter when Capt. John Delamar of Montana purchased the principal claims in 1893 for $150,000 and established the early settlement of the town.

The first Post Office was opened in June 1894, and by the end of 1895, the camp had became a full fledged town containing many businesses and more then 300 dwelling. By 1897, Delamar was home to more then 3,000 residents and supported numerous stores.

1900 when a fire destroyed half the town. Capt. Delamar sold his interest in the mines which had produced an estimated $8.5 Million in gold.

been rumored that $70,000 in bullion was hidden here and apparently has never been recovered.

The New owner, under the control of Simon Bamberger continued to out produce all other mines in the State until 1909 but the operation was closed soon after. The site was reopened briefly from 1929 ~ 34 and evidence of mining operation continues there today.

Nested in the Delamar Mountain range is standing rock buildings, mill ruins and a cemetery, which some relatives apparently still, Visit.

The following in PDF format (for printing)

Delamar Mine Shaft

1) The Opening


2) Have to craw in - it opens up on the other side (I'm sure this keeps many people out)

4) this is the 2nd Y - (5) is the shaft that goes to the upper level


Go down the Railroad track to the ladder

9)   (about 100 feet down you will be on a false floor)

10)   You can go down another 100 feet (this shaft will meet the 200 foot ladder) but since that area has collapse there is no way to get on the ladder to go up

7) This is about 30 to 35 feet down - when you get down go about 20 feet to the right

At the bottom of this ladder - this is what you see next to the ladder.

Appears that there was a shaft, that parts have fallen throw.

Makes you think the thin flooring you see could be the same as what your standing on..


This is where you find the (FUN) ladder.

This where the ladder is connected (At the TOP) it does not reach the bottom

Over the years this ladder has straightened out – have to lower yourself and swing to the side.

Getting out you have to jump to the ladder [see 7B and 7C]







As you look at the ladder – about 45 feet or so you will see some wood lying flat.

 you will find a hole going down about 5 feet.

If you go into this and follow it – you will find yourself on the back side of the 200 foot ladder

Just across of the shaft I talked about earlier.


Look down is about the same as looking up

This is the 200 foot ladder I keep referring to. At about 200 feet it uses to have a false floor. And the shaft off to the said there were still carts on the railroad tracks – could push  your friends around.

The false floor is no longer there.

Don’t know when someone was working the mine they blow it up or if it just collapsed.

12) Was the false floor - it's no longer there

13) is where the shaft splits

14) is where the shafts come back together

15) If you make a left you would be on your way out

If you make a right - there is a lot more larger rooms and a small area for explosives

And somewhere is where the bats hang out!

some other things you will see inside



 OK this on the outside at some of the other shafts