Gold Bar, NV (Death Valley National Park)

Gold Bar, NV is located in the Bullfrog Mining District, four miles northwest of Rhyolite.

Gold Bar was founded in 1905, as one of many small mining camps in the Bullfrog Mining District. The camp had an estimated population of fifty people at its height. Despite never graduating from a camp to a town, several substantial structures were built in hopes of promoting growth.





The Homestake Mine & Mill were the mainstays of the camp, with ore reported to be worth as much as $150 per ton. In 1908 the recession hit Gold Bar hard, and in May the Homestake Mine & Mill closed for good. It was later discovered that the mine was falsely promoted, and its ore was worthless.

Today the only remains of Gold Bar is the massive foundation of the Homestake Mill.





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Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.