Ghost Towns and Mines


Grantsville, nv

Grantsville is located a couple miles south of Berlin, NV and the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. Gold was discovered here as early as 1863, but things didn’t really get going until the 1870s. The town reached its peak in the early 1880s, with a population of up to 800 people. The post office shut down in 1887. There were several small-scale revivals beginning in 1907.

I first visited this site sometime around 1990. Since then I’ve only passed by a few times. During my 2015 trip I spent the night here and did extensive photography the following morning.

Because there is so much to see at this site, I’ve decided to provide a separate page for each area of interest. Below you’ll see a few photos of each structure. Clicking on any of these will take you to that structure’s page, where you will be able to see many more photos showing all details of the structure and its surroundings.

Posted August 2015.

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Grantsville, NV:  The Mill

(Click the title or any photo to see more pics of this structure and its surroundings.)

Grantville, NV:  The Cabin

This small wooden building is located across the road from the mill ruins.

Grantville, NV:  The Mine Ruins

Unlike most of the old mines in the area, this one still has an ore bin and a few other remaining artifacts. It’s located between the mill and the schoolhouse.

Grantville, NV:  The Schoolhouse

This brick building was originally a schoolhouse. After the population decreased and enrollment dropped off, the building was converted to a boarding house. I don’t know whether the wooden portion of the building was added then, or at and earlier time.

Grantville, NV:  The Adobe Building

One of the more intact buildings remaining at the site. I don’t know whether it was originally a residence or a business of some sort.

Grantville, NV:  The Stone Building

A sturdy structure with thick stone walls and a roof of logs and sod.

There are many other ruins in the area. Most are crumbling stone walls or foundations. Here are some photos of just a few of these other ruins and artifacts:

Below: An old safe, found near the stone foundation of a large building, possibly a bank. Click the photo to see more of this safe, as well as other vintage safes and vaults.

Below: Ruins of a stone building at the edge of the town site.