The Loneliest Highway – Belmont Mill, Nevada

The sign to Belmont Mine

In 1915 the Tonopah-Belmont Development Co. began developing the property that would become the Belmont Mine. The Belmont Mine was built about seven miles southwest of the town of Hamilton, which was already a ghost town by 1915. 

Homestead in the nearby Hamilton ghost town

Belmont Mill was set up as a company town, with mostly employees residing in the camp there. Even though a considerable amount of money was put into the Belmont Mine, the mines were mediocre in production, and the camp and mill were abandoned about ten years after opening. 

Today, much of the mine still remains. There are multiple structures, including the main mining building. The main building still has quite a bit of the original mining equipment inside, like a large pulley system to extract the ore from the mine. There are a few large bins hanging from pulley cables that served as counterweights to the ore containers. 

The main mine building with an aerial tramway extending to the left
Pulley system still intact
Large pulley
Outside of the main building
The stairs were actually in remarkable shape. 

The Belmont Mine also has a large aerial tramway that would take the ore from the Belmont Mine main building over to the original Belmont millsite. Apparently, the original millsite is further up the canyon from the still intact buildings of Belmont Mine, but none of the original millsite buildings remain. 

Other buildings still intact at the millsite include what looks was a mill office, and what was likely a boarding house for employees. 

Additional buildings seen from the main mill building
Breezy Office
I believe this was the bunkhouse for the mine employees. I assume it was taller back in the day.

Belmont Mine is such as impressive site because so many of the buildings are still intact, and the mining equipment seems to just be suspended in time. This ghost millsite looked as though a shift ended, and everyone vacated the desert instead of going back to work the next day. 

 

 

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