Marble aka Lodivale, Lodi (Nye County) We Visited: 13 December 2003
Our Dinner: Hamburgers at Middlegate!
38 59' 39"N, 117 52' 42"W Downeyville Quad

Directions: Directions: Highway 50E from Fallon 47 miles to Middlegate and the junction of Highway 361; Turn S on SR361 for 17.1 miles, turn left (at sign) on local dirt road for 12.3 miles; right on local dirt road for 4.7 miles; right on local dirt road for 2.1 miles.

From Fallon: 83.2 miles

What Was

Unlike nearby Quartz Mountain and Broken Hills, whose mines were primarily lead-silver ore, Marble was mining gold. Thompson & West's History of Nevada (1881) mentions Lodi:

In 1878 the town contained a population of 100, and boasted a store, blacksmith shop, boarding-house, saloon, a ten-ton smelting furnace, and other indications of business life. It has since been abandoned, however, and there are only six miners in the district.

As stated. things kind of petered out around 1880, only to start up again in 1905.

At that time it was renamed Marble, according to Paher. This doesn't jibe with the Post Office dates, though, which overlap for Marble and Lodi, so something is screwy somewhere. I checked the maps I have and they show:

1914 General Land Office               Marble
1909 Hammond                             Marble
1908 USGS Tonapah Quad map      Marble
1936 Conoco                                 Lodivale
1939 Standard Oil                          Lodivale
1940 Shell Oil                                Lodivale
2002 Garmin                                 Lodi

Interestingly, the USGS Feature Name Query Form lists the following variants for Lodi: Bob, Lodi Valley, Lodival, Lodivale, and Lodiville. It doesn't list Marble, but when Marble is queried it returns the exact same location.

Paher talks about platting the sites of Bob and Lodi Tanks nearby, but I have no evidence that they were ever actually established. As the days are short in December, we didn't have time to check further down the road. Clearly, this is a site that calls for coming back during the summer months and exploring the entire area. Not to mention finding some more documentation.

OLD LODI MINES SOLD TO JOSEPH TONOPAH, Jan. 31-- At one time Lodi supported a population of 2000 persons and was considered the most advanced community in Nye County but, as the forest were consumed to keep the furnaces going and the cost of fuel ran too high for profits, the production declined and, when silver went down the camp almost went off the map. The group of mines known as the Lodi, carry a credit of several million dollars produced between 1858 and 1913. The sale includes twenty-nine claims, of which six are petented and the remainder in process of patent. The location is forty miles from Luning and twenty five miles from teh Simon Silver Lead mines on the edge of Churchill County.
-Reno Evening Gazette, Saturday, Jan.31, 1920

Post Office: March 2, 1906 - December 15, 1917 (Marble); July 23, 1909 - August 15, 1910 (Lodi)

Newspaper: None

What is

We added Marble to the trip as an afterthought and it turned out to be more interesting than Broken hills and Quartz Mountain put together. Clearly, there was a lot of activity here, structures were made of stone and brick and thus have resisted attempts to carry them off, and they tend to weather better than wood. There was a smelter here, and the next to the Illinois Mine headframe there is a boiler which was, at one time, encased in brick. In fact, there is a lot of brick work at the site.

See also Illinois Mine.


Rock and brick work make up part of what I believe is the smelter.
The Illinois Mine
What looks to be a concrete refrigerator. Pipes lead in and out, circulating through the rack on the bottom.
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