38°20'29.72"N 118° 6'10.79"W USGS Sodaville Quad
|DIRECTIONS||Take US 95 S out of Hawthorne for 37.2 miles.|
The mill at Sodaville, - Esmeralda county, has resumed crushing ore from the Mt. Diablo mine at Candelaria. The mill has a force of thirty-five employees.
Sodaville is again a bustling hamlet. The Mt. Diablo Mill is running like an eight-day clock.
A 100 ton copper smelting plant is to be installed at Sodaville, Esmeralda county.
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FIRST TRAIN OVER TONOPAH ROAD
SODAVILLE, 147 m. (hot mineral baths), once the most important town between Reno and Tonopah, is now almost deserted. Before the railroad was carried to Tonopah, this was the point at which all freight for the town was unloaded-- and also the place there mosst of the boomers transferred to stages for the slow, dusty trip across the desert. One man said it was necessary to take a shovel at the end of the trip to discover which of his fellow passengers was his wife. Night and day the railroad and stage officers here were besieged by frantic people-- mine owners trying to discover where machinery was, restaurant-keepers imploring priority for their perishable shipments. Swearing, sweating freight agents threatened to disappear forever. One in
Sodaville an unthinking store-keeper suddenly sppeard behind his counter garbed in a Hallowe'en mask and costume that had
been ordered for the daughter of one of the prominent mining men of the area. It was
Saturday night pay day, and the store was jammed with Indians. What was intended as an
innocuous joke proved to be the merchant's undoing. The terrified Indians fled in panic, not bothering to seek the door but plunged headlong throught the window glass. Convinced that the Devil had appeared among them, they refused thereafter to enter the
store. Here, too, in 1904, "Two Gun" Mike
Kennedy, self-styled the toughest man that ever came out of the East, met his death. According to old-timers, Kennedy had bullied
the camp for weeks; and on Saturday night he was cutting it wide and handsome when he ran into a quiet and peaceable miner named James Lund, in from his diggings for a little quiet drinking and fun. Lund, unarmed, called the braggart's bluff, and Kennedy, inviting him to shoot it out, offered him
one of his guns. The two men squared off in the center of the main street with the
residents lined along the walks, and blazed away. The toughest man ever to emerge from the East fell with six bullets in his body, and the miner, unscratched, walked into a saloon for another drink.
Well, we were going to check it out but the gate said "no tresspassing" and, frankly, the area looks a little creepy, so maybe we'll check it out some other time. No photos, but have some maps showing the rise and fall of the little burg.