Ghost Towns, Mines, and More!


The first time I visited this site was in the late 80’s, when I stopped only briefly. I have a pair of photos from that trip, which can be compared to the present-day condition of the buildings.

Marietta started out as a borax mining settlement, after the discovery of borax deposits on the nearby Teel Marsh dry lake. Francis Marion Smith, aka Borax Smith, made the first claim, and also owned a general store in Marietta. The stone walls of the store still stand.

Later, other ores were discovered in the Excelsior Mountains north of Marietta, providing new sources of jobs and revenue for the town.

Currently there are a few people who still call Marietta home.

Updated June 2016.

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Marietta, NV