Nevada Historic Markers in Churchill County: Wonder

Nevada Historical Marker 201
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Eight Miles East of Frenchman

Nevada Historic Marker 201: Wonder

Nevada Historic Marker 201: Wonder

The Road to the Wonder Mine The Road to the Wonder Mine

14 March 2016
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Located 13 miles to the north is the camp of Wonder, a major mining center in the early years of the 20th Century. Thomas J. Stroud and several others made the first locations in April 1906, and later that year the Wonder Mining District was organized.

Wonder's boom from 1906 to 1915 was brief, but spectacular. Stores and saloons were in operation by mid-summer 1906, and a school was begun in 1907. Bench Creek provided water for the camp and an ice plant and a swimming pool made life somewhat more bearable. During a brief span of years, the Nevada Wonder Mining Company produced some $6 million in silver, gold, copper and zinc.

Wonder's most prominent native is Eva Adams (1908-1991), Administrative Assistant to Senator Patrick A. McCarran for many years and the second woman appointed Director of the U.S. Mint during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

State Historical Marker No. 201
State Historic Preservation Office
Daughters of the American Colonists
Reno Chapter

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