Delamar Ghost Town |

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Overview

RATING: Roadside Attraction / Short Hikes
LENGTH: 1+ hours
MAPS: DELAMAR, NV

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as -8. Blustery, with a north northeast wind 11 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

29 | 12

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 36.

36 | 17

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 41.

41 | 25

Fri

Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

42 | 30

Sat

Sunny, with a high near 44.

44 | 30

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SEASON: Any, hot in the summer. Roads may be impassable due to snow or heavy rains at times.
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None

Tue

Sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as -8. Blustery, with a north northeast wind 11 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

29 | 12

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 36.

36 | 17

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 41.

41 | 25

Fri

Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

42 | 30

Sat

Sunny, with a high near 44.

44 | 30

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Largest building in Delamar Ghost Town

Largest building in Delamar Ghost Town

Delamar, also known as “The Widowmaker”, is a ghost town in eastern Nevada. The town is expansive, and thanks to its mostly masonry construction, still has quite a few walls and partial buildings to visit. This is probably the most interesting ghost town I have visited. You could easily spend a couple of days exploring the area.

History: Farmers from the Pahranagat Valley discovered gold in the late 1800s. Soon after, Captain John Delamar came to the valley and purchased mining claims in the area for $150,000 in 1893. Camp Delamar soon became town Delamar as the boom began!

The town had many stores, saloons, and a theater by the 1890s. This is remarkable to think of since water had to be pumped a fair distance from the valley below. Supplies were brought in via a long mule journey from Milford Utah about 150 miles away.

Unfortunately, however, the rock the miners were tunneling into in search of gold contained silica. The mining released silica dust into the air, which when inhaled over time causes silicosis, a hardening and scaring of the lungs. This led to the town becoming known as the Widowmaker. Recent investigations show the mines may have also had high levels of radon, which likely worsened miners’ health as well.

After a fire in 1900, Delamar sold his shares and moved on. The mines had produced about $8.5 million in gold. Mining continued after the sale until about 1910. The area had a brief resurgence in the 1920s, however, the boom times were over. Since the 1920s, the town has slowly deteriorated into the ghost town it is today.

Delamar Cemetery

Delamar Cemetery

Getting There

Reaching the town proper will require a high clearance vehicle. Those in a lower clearance vehicle can usually drive as far as the cemetery. This is about 2 miles one way from the town proper and can be walked if needed. On our visit, a Subaru was at the town proper, though would require careful driving.

The town is south of US-93 that connects the town of Caliente on the east side to Crystal Wash/Alamo on its west side. From Caliente, drive west on US-93 for about 17 miles to mile marker NY 76.3. There is a large pullout here, and a side road heading south signed for Delamar.

  • Turn off highway and reset your odometer. There are many smaller side roads, but stay on the main dirt road until specified below. ( 11S 694618mE 4165917mN / N37° 37' 11" W114° 47' 41" )
  • 5.75 miles - Major junction. Go left, heading south east now. The road is still a good, wide, and graded dirt road. ( 11S 692422mE 4157049mN / N37° 32' 25" W114° 49' 19" )
  • 11.1 miles - Delamar Cemetery on the right. This is a fascinating cemetery and recommended stop. The road from here narrows and becomes much rougher. Those with lower clearance vehicles may need to walk from here. ( 11S 696313mE 4149716mN / N37° 28' 25" W114° 46' 48" )
  • 12.4 miles - Old building on the left. Delamar is visible all around. ( 11S 696817mE 4148404mN / N37° 27' 42" W114° 46' 29" )
  • 12.9 miles - Major junction in downtown Delamar. This is a good place to park and explore from. ( 11S 697258mE 4147909mN / N37° 27' 25" W114° 46' 11" )
The Delamar Hillside covered in mines.

The Delamar Hillside covered in mines.

Route

The parking spot marks what I assume must have been more or less the main downtown area of Delamar. The former main road runs east and west, with a large building and many additional walls lining the street to the west.

From this spot, be sure to hike (or drive the very rough road) east. It climbs up toward the mines, passing more buildings on the right side of the road, before reaching a fairly well preserved and impressive two story building on the left. Continuing up the road heads into the actual mine areas. Use caution around the mine entrances.

Be sure to keep an eye out on the hillsides as well. On our visit, several wild horses were roaming above the mines and nervously keeping an eye on us.

Note: The cemetery mentioned in the driving directions is fascinating and was one highlight of our trip. Many of the headstones seem well taken care of.

Maps

Printable Maps:
11.1 miles - Delamar Cemetery

11S 696313mE 4149717mN

N37° 28' 25" W114° 46' 48"

Mill Ruins

11S 696910mE 4148112mN

N37° 27' 32" W114° 46' 25"

12.9 miles - Major junction in Delamar.

11S 697258mE 4147909mN

N37° 27' 25" W114° 46' 11"

Large Old Building

11S 697644mE 4148120mN

N37° 27' 32" W114° 45' 55"

Old Building Walls

11S 697153mE 4147845mN

N37° 27' 23" W114° 46' 15"

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