Eastern Mojave Vegetation Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada.

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See also: San Antonio Mountains.

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The boomtown of Tonopah was born in 1900, when Jim Butler accidentally discovered rich silver ore while chasing a wayward burro. Butler's discovery eventually produced more than $150 million in ore and spawned Nevada's last great mining rush.

Today, nearly a century later, Tonopah and adjacent parts of central Nevada represent the final chapter in the settlement of the American west. Located at an elevation of 6020 feet amidst the hilly terrain of the San Antonio mountains, Tonopah straddles modern US Hwy 95, and serves as a pleasant stopover for travelers halfway between Las Vegas and Reno.

Tonopah is the county seat of Nye County, and home to about 3,100 of Nye County's 25,000 residents.

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