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Sprucemont is located on the west flank of Spruce Mountain, about 40 miles south of Wells, Nevada. The town got it’s start with the discovery of silver ore in 1869. In the years that followed, a number of other camps sprang up in the area. Small communities like Monarch, Black Forest, Jasper and Killie, all came to life within just a few miles of each other on Spruce Mountain.

Populations fluctuated greatly, with the highs and lows of mine production. With perhaps 500 people in the early 1870’s.
One of the unique and interesting aspects of this area is the period of activity. There was active mining and people living here from the start in 1869, clear up until at least 1952. The post office didn’t close until 1947.

So you have remains of buildings and equipment covering nearly 100 years of activity side by side. Together with the number of camps, so close together, and the number of buildings still standing, makes for a very interesting place for any ghost town aficionado.

The post office and store at Sprucemont




From Monarch




Pictures from Black Forest






A video trip report


- DAA
 

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Awesome trip, thanks for sharing!
 

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Good report and outstanding video and pics DAA, I have been there deer hunting in the area. Back in the nooks and crannies in the hills and ravines around the the mining district there are relics of miner's dwellings that are not much more than a dug out in the hill side. Probably from the early days of the mining boom as later decent structures were built. Those folk early or late to the event were a tough bunch for sure. The old roads, some times gnarly, make a Jeep ride in the area very cool.
 
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