Manhattan
Location: 49 miles north of Tonopah via U.S. Highway 6 and State Routes 376 and 377

THEN
Silver was discovered near the site of Manhattan in 1866, but poor yields resulted in the area being abandoned in 1869. The area’s major boom came following further discoveries in 1905, and by the beginning of 1906, Manhattan sprang to life with an influx of nearly 4,000 people in two weeks. The infamous April 1906 San Francisco Earthquake caused a mass withdrawal of money from investors and within a month of the quake, the district’s mines had all but ceased operation. The town revived thanks to rich ore finds the following summer only to be dealt another blow by financial panic in 1907. Manhattan rebounded again in 1909 and supported copper, gold, and silver mines sporadically until the 1940s.

NOW
Manhattan has retained a small population since mining operations ceased in the 1940s. A handful of original buildings remain among more modern businesses and residences. The most interesting stop is the old Nye and Ormsby County Bank building. The stone ruins house the bank’s original vault. Inside the vault the bank’s safe sits empty, the door blasted open decades ago.
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