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A small mining town in central Nevada, just a few miles north of the state historic park at Berlin. Ione was named after a character in the novel, “Last Days of Pompeii”.


Silver was discovered here in 1863, and by 1864 Ione had become the county seat. The county courthouse was a wooden cabin which still stands today. But the boom was short lived and in 1867 the county seat was lost to Belmont, along with most of Ione’s citizens. Yet the town never completely died, experiencing many small resurgences due to new strikes, a new mill, or other factors. The last boom was in 1912 with the discovery of cinnabar deposits, and although the boom ended two years later, some cinnabar mining continued into the 1930s. Ione’s post office closed for the last time in 1959.


When I visited Ione in 2007, many of the older buildings and ruins were hidden among thick stands of sagebrush, making it difficult or impossible to get decent photos. When I returned in 2014 I was pleased to find that someone has recently cleared away the brush from these structures.


I returned again in 2015 and photographed a few more buildings, and got additional views of a few others.




Updated August 2015.


Because there is so much to see at this site, I’ve decided to provide a separate page for certain buildings. 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.








Ione, NV:  The Stone Ruins


This stone building sits on a low hill overlooking the road, and is the first structure you see as you enter the town from the west end.


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Ione, NV:  The Ore House Saloon


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Ione, NV:  The Metal Cabin


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Ione, NV:  The Miner’s Cabin


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Ione, NV:  Two Old Shacks


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Ione, NV:  The Rusty Cabin


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Other buildings in Ione can be seen below...


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Ione, NV