Elephant Butte Inn and Spa

Lake Valley, Sierra County, Part 2

The last commercial stage and rail stop in the area, Lake Valley grew to 4,000 residents with 12 saloons, 3 churches, 2 newspapers, a school, stores, hotels, stamp mills and smelters.  The town was devastated by the 1893 silver panic and the 1895 fire which destroyed main street.  The post office closed in 1954 and the last resident left in 1994.  Final, part 3, tomorrow.

This photo is of The Pioneer Store in 1890.

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