The Town of Tonopah: The Jim Butler Days

Central Nevada Museum
1900 Logan Field Road
Tonopah, Nevada 89049
Central Nevada Museum

This historic walking tour will provide insight into the cultural and historic significance of the Jim Butler Days that reinvigorated the silver-mining bonanza in Nevada.

Jim Butler was camping around Tonopah Springs in the spring of 1900 when his burro wandered off. While chasing it, Butler picked up a rock to throw at it and discovered some promising looking ore. He continued his journey and showed the samples to others, who showed little interest. After returning to his home in Belmont, Butler told a young attorney named Tasker Oddie about his discovery. Tasker had a friend who taught chemistry in Austin, and he enlisted the teacher’s help in assaying the sample. The ore valued at more than $200 a ton.

History tells us that the mines in this district produced in excess of five million tons of ore. At today’s market the precious metals produced would be valued in excess of $1,200,000,000.

Funded project of Nevada Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.