Nevada Rock Art Geocaching Historical Markers

Historical Marker #173

Located at U.S. Highway 95 in Beatty, Nevada.

Beatty (Center of the Gold Railroads--"Chicago of the West")

Beatty was the center of three short-lived, so-called "gold" railroads that were spawned by the strikes of the early 1900's in Tonopah, Goldfield and Rhyolite.

"During 1906-'07 three railroads were built in this area. The Las Vegas and Tonopah built from Las Vegas through Beatty and Rhyolite to Goldfield. The Bullfrog Goldfield built south from Goldfield to Beatty and Rhyolite. The Tonopah and Tidewater built north from Ludlow, California to Gold Center and used the BG tracks from Gold Center to Beatty and Rhyolite until 1914."

Rancher M.M. Beatty drove the last spike here on April 18, 1907, marking the completion of the first and only north-south railroad system in the state.

Rails were torn up at Beatty beginning on July 18, 1942.

"From The Railroads of Nevada, Vol. I, by David F. Myrick, Courtesy of Howell-North Books."

Notes on this marker:

Gee, another night marker.

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