Isolated and exposed along the eastern side of Nevada’s Delamar Valley stand the ruins of a ghost town that had thrived between 1895 and 1900, producing around $13.5 million in gold during that time.
Founded as a gold mining settlement in 1889 by prospectors John Ferguson and Joseph Sharp, Delamar was soon home to over 1,500 residents, who descended on the town to make their fortune during the gold rush.
At its height, the town boasted a hospital, opera house, school, several churches, saloons and other businesses. But more ominously, Delamar earned the nickname “The Widowmaker”.
Because the gold was embedded in quartzite, miners had to crush the rock in order to extract the precious metal. As a result, many developed silicosis due to the toxic dust.
Today, Delamar ghost town and the surrounding valley consists of numerous ruins, from semi-intact abandoned buildings and foundations to mining relics and abandoned vehicles, the latter being more recent additions. With the exception of wild horses roaming the hills and valleys, Delamar is completely uninhabited.
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