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Newsletter 2004

Goodsprings Historical Society

GOODSPRINGS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Newsletter #4 Spring, 2004

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Windmill
This old windmill has been a part
of the Goodsprings scenery for many
years. The windmill was recently repaired
and Is now In working order.
Do you know where It Is located???

Editor's Note: The information in the following article is factual-- although it may seem hard to believe. The data was taken from the 1910 US. census recorded by Frank Buol in the Goodsprings precinct of Southern Nevada in April 1910.

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Imagine for a moment that it is April, 1910 and you have left your home in Missouri bound for a mining camp in Nevada. You have taken a train across the desert to Goodsprings Junction, then have taken a wagon 7 miles west to Goodsprings. Looking around the dusty town you pause to wonder. What kind of place is this isolated mining camp? Who are the people that live here? Where have they come from?

You will notice first that of the 147 residents, men outnumber women four to one in Goodsprings. Of those women only 4 are not married. There are 29 children in the town and 2 teachers: Marjorie Wood and Pearl Kindig. The majority of residents are over 30 and most are employed in mining. If you are looking for work other than in the mines, you will have few choices. There are some railroad employees, 2 blacksmiths, clerks for the store, cooks and teamsters, but mining comes first here. Mr. Fayle and Mr. Yount run the general merchandise store and a hotel. If you need a room and don't want to stay in the hotel, Minnie Rose runs a boarding house. Mary Feaster will do your laundry. As you walk through town, you may meet the 5 Paiute Indians who make their home there. The 2 elderly ladies speak only Paiute, but Charles and Maggie Kid, and their cousin Capt. Jinks can converse in English. One thing that may surprise you is how very diverse the population of Goodsprings is. Residents name 20 different states as their place of origin. You will even find 3 miners from Missouri in the camp. There are people from around the world in this camp as well. Working as cooks are 2 men from China and 1 from Japan. Working in the mines you will find men from Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Wales, Mexico and Canada. They have come from all over to participate in the mining boom.

Should you wish to explore the region before settling in Goodsprings, you can visit Sandy, Potosi and Arden. Sandy is an 8 mile trip over the mountain. There you will find 39 men, 8 women and 8 children. There is a general store in Sandy and a boarding house run by Jesse Hall. The children are taught by schoolteacher Laura Daugherty. Many different states and countries are represented by the residents here. The main occupation in Sandy is mining or mill work.

The tiny camp of Potosi has 16 residents working in the lead and zinc mine. Six of the men are from Italy and three from Mexico. Two of the men have brought their wives to the camp with them. The copper mine at Potosi has 4 residents, making the total at the camp 20 people.

Between Las Vegas and Goodsprings is the railroad and mining town of Arden. Eighty-eight men, seven women and twelve children populate this camp. Ten are employed by the railroad, with the rest working at the gypsum mine and mill. Most of the people in Arden are from foreign countries. Thirty-seven of the men are from Mexico, fourteen are from Italy, and five are from the Orient.

Should you decide to stay in the Goodsprings district, you will see the area explode with growth in the years between 1910 and 1920. But, that's another story for another time.

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