|Treasure City (White Pine Co.)|
39° 13' 38"N, 115° 29' 05"W USGS Treasure Hill Quad
|VISITED||We Visited: 7-19,20,21-2006
Our Lunch: Hamburger & steak sandwich, DJ's Diner, Eureka
Our Dinner: Steaks and beans
Our Breakfast: Potatoes, eggs,peppers, & sausage in a tortilla
Our Dinner: Cheeseburgers
Our Breakfast: Steak and eggs
Our Lunch: Burger & Chicken sandwich, Toiyabe Cafe, Austin, NV
Directions: East from Fallon on US-50 for 221.3 miles; right on County Road 11, generally south for 13.3 miles
From Fallon: 234.6 miles
Treasure City sprang from a plate of beans. Apparently, in 1867, an Indian who wanted to apologize for sneaking into a miner's cabin and eating his leftovers, showed him where an outcropping of silver was, and it snowballed from there. About 6,000 people lived here at its peak, and the town stretched for about a mile. Life was hard at 9,000 feet in altitude, and the winters were cold and miserable. The city peaked in 1869, but union troubles, lawsuits, and shallow veins caused its decline. By 1870 most had left, and a fire in 1874 nailed the coffin shut. Paher reports the 1880 census "showed only 14 voters left in the town where 11 years earlier the mines were allegedly so rich that they threat ened to glut the world money market."
A BAD PLACE FOR WATER DRINKERS
Apparently this did not sit well with the populace and they planed to pipe in water.
In the Assembly, [Thomas J.] Tennant gave notice of a bill granting the franchise of right of way to lay down water pipes from Hamilton to Treasure City, in White Pine.
ADVICES FROM TREASURE CITY AND ELKO
A look into the daily life at the camp-- by this time a "city."
A private correspondent, writing from Treasure City on the 7th instant, says : The past week has been a very pleasant one at White Pine, almost like spring, and as a consequence everything has been lively. Miners have been busy developing their claims; prospecting, as well, has received Its share of attention. On the morning of March 4th the Stars and Stripes were hoisted for the first time on Treasure Hill, and it made one's heart leap good to see the Old Flag flung to the breeze. Strangers are arriving in large numbers daily, and our population it increasing very fast. The snow is fast disappearing and will soon be gone except in places on the hill top. The south side of the hill is free from snow. This is Sunday, and a quiet day it is for a mining camp. Most work is suspended, and miners can be seen in groups discussing the events of the week. Several rich strikes have been reported, and many are in good spirits over their prospects. If the present fine weather should continue, you may expect to hear of some rich developments in this vicinity before long. San Francisco is well represented in Treasure City, and every day we see some new faces from the Bay City. There is nothing of importance to communicate as general good order has prevailed during the past week. The Masons and Odd Fellows each have an association here for benevolent purposes. Both associations meet weekly at Treasure City, and each have a large membership. Many large buildings are in course of erection, and preparations are being Bade to accommodate the rush expected by and by from all quarters. Let tbe rush come. Many will make their fortunes; and. on the other hand, many will leave here discouraged. New towns are talked of. and, I suppose before long we will have one or two more cities in this neighborhood.
And cities, of course, have city problems.
John Daily , Dave Williams, and C. Pauly had a "little dispute" with knives and pistols, at Treasure City, about town lots. Daily received a severe cut on the head.
Looking at the census, I can find someone named Tescore in the 1940 census, so perhaps the camp was originally named after an ancestor or relative?
C.F. Meyers, of the firm Halleck and Myers, has been appointed Ppostmaster for Treasure City (Nev). The name of the office has been changed from Tescore to Treasure City.
Finally got serious about getting water.
To-day the water of Allapah (Illiphah?) is pumped in the reservoir of this city. Raised nearly eighteen hundred feet, it reaches the highest altitude to which any water is forced on this globe (nearly ten thousand feet above the sea). A grand celebration in honor of the enterprise has occupied our citizens to-day, and to-night a dinner and ball will be given to Colonel Head, Superintendent.
Things are humming now.
FROM TREASURE CITY, NEVADA
DELEGATES ABOUT HAMILTON NEVADA
FIRE IN TREASURE CITY
Losses by the Fire at Treasure City, Nevada.
Now, the sad stories.
Snow lies to a depth of 20 feet on the mountain above Hamilton, where once was the famous mining camp of Treasure City. Its altitude is over 9,000 feet.
OLD WHITE PINE MINES
June 1869 - December 1880
|NEWSPAPER||White Pine Gazette, White Pine News|
The road from Hamilton to Treasure City is great on a quad- you could probably make it up there in a regular vehicle if you were careful. There are plenty of rock ruins and things to see- but beware the open mines which are not fenced off- you can see how unstable the earth is here, so I wouldn't stand too close. I'm told it's so miserable here in the winter that they developed the town of Hamilton a short jog down the road.
Look hard. Many buildings blend in with the native rock and outcroppings. This was a big place, and there's lots to see.