Omco, Nevada

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Omco
Coordinates: 38°36′29″N117°53′35″W / 38.60806°N 117.89306°W / 38.60806; -117.89306 [1]
CountryUnited States
StateNevada
County Mineral
Named for The Olympic Mines Company [1]
Elevation
[1]
5,964 ft (1,818 m)

Omco is an extinct town in Mineral County, in the U.S. state of Nevada. The GNIS classifies it as a populated place. [1]

The community's name is derived from the Olympic Mines Company. [1] [2] [3]

History

In 1915, gold was discovered in the area and the Olympic Mine established. [3] A post office was established at Omco in 1917, and remained in operation until 1921. [4] In 1917, the Olympic Mines Company was incorporated, a cyanide plant with capacity of 70 tons was built. [3] The mill burned in 1919 and was rebuilt in 1920. [3] The mill shut down in 1921 after the ore was depleted. Total production was US$700,000(equivalent to $10,000,000 in 2019). [3] On December 20, 1932, the shaft collapsed during an earthquake (See Cedar Mountains (Nevada)). [5] In 1936, the property was in the process of being rehabilitated. [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Omco
  2. Federal Writers' Project (1941). Origin of Place Names: Nevada (PDF). W.P.A. p. 52.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Lincoln, Francis Church (1923). "Mining districts and mineral resources of Nevada". p. 2. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  4. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Omco Post Office (historical)
  5. 1 2 Vanderburg, William O. (1937). Reconnaissance of mining districts in Mineral County, Nev (Report). U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Mines. p. 18. Retrieved May 1, 2020.