Mina, Nevada

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Mina is located in the Tonopah Basin of Nevada
Coordinates: 38°23′26″N118°6′31″W / 38.39056°N 118.10861°W / 38.39056; -118.10861 Coordinates: 38°23′26″N118°6′31″W / 38.39056°N 118.10861°W / 38.39056; -118.10861
Country United States
State Nevada
County Mineral
Founded1905;115 years ago (1905)
Named for Ferminia Sarras
Area
  Total2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
  Land2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
  Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population
 (2010)
  Total155
  Density65/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
  Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
89422
Area code(s) 775
FIPS code 32-46800
GNIS feature ID0842148

Mina is a census-designated place in Mineral County in west-central Nevada, United States. It is located along U.S. Route 95 (38° 23' 25" N 118° 06' 30" W) at an elevation of 4,560 feet (1,390 m). The 2010 population was 155. [1]

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History

Mina was founded as a railroad town in 1905 and was named for Ferminia Sarras, a large landowner and famed prospector known as the 'Copper Queen.' [2] The Carson and Colorado Railway, a division of Southern Pacific Railroad, had a station in the town. The railroad is long gone, but at one time a local shuttle called the "Slim Princess" allowed Native Americans to ride free of charge atop the railcars, and passengers and crew would shoot wild game from open windows. The train moved slowly enough that hunters were able to retrieve their game and reboard.

View south along US 95 in Mina 2015-04-29 17 11 13 View south along U.S. Route 95 in Mina, Nevada.jpg
View south along US 95 in Mina

Gee Jon and Hughie Sing were convicted of the August 27, 1921, Mina, Nevada murder of Tom Quong Kee. Gee Jon, a 29-year-old member of the Hop Sing Tong, became the first person to be executed by lethal gas. The execution was at the Nevada State Prison on February 8, 1924. [3]

Name

Some sources states that the name is derived from the Spanish word meaning 'mine.' [4] [5] Other sources state that John C. Fulton (or John M. Fulton), division general manager for the Southern Pacific Railway, named the town after Fermina Sarras (or Serrias), a Nicaraguan [2] woman who was operating nearby copper prospects. [6] [7]

Initially a railroad station was intended to be at Sodaville, but agreement between the railroad and land speculators could not be reached, so Mina, Nevada was platted two miles north of Sodaville. [6]

Geography

Mina is located in the Soda Spring Valley of eastern Mineral County along U.S. Route 95, 32 miles (51 km) southeast of Hawthorne and 70 miles (110 km) northwest of Tonopah. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Mina CDP has an area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all land. [1]

Climate

The Köppen Climate System classifies the weather in this area as semi-arid, abbreviated BSk. This climate type occurs primarily on the periphery of true deserts in low-latitude semiarid steppe regions. [8]

Climate data for Mina, Nevada
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)8
(46)
11
(52)
15
(59)
19
(67)
24
(76)
31
(87)
36
(96)
34
(93)
29
(85)
22
(72)
14
(57)
8
(47)
21
(70)
Average low °C (°F)−6
(21)
−4
(25)
−1
(30)
2
(36)
7
(45)
12
(54)
16
(61)
14
(58)
9
(48)
3
(38)
−2
(28)
−6
(21)
4
(39)
Average precipitation mm (inches)10
(0.4)
10
(0.4)
10
(0.4)
13
(0.5)
15
(0.6)
10
(0.4)
7.6
(0.3)
7.6
(0.3)
7.6
(0.3)
10
(0.4)
7.6
(0.3)
7.6
(0.3)
110
(4.5)
Source: Weatherbase [9]

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