Esmeralda County
  37.45555, -117.4993

"So there's been confusion as of late. Before I came out here, I referenced a few books to learn the EXACT pronounciation of Lida. After being well-equipped, I stopped into the general store in Gold Point and inquired about "LYE-da." I was met with a nod of approval. Herb told me that most people pronounce it "LEE-da." Out-of-towners." -- Journal Entry, July 2008

Along SR 266 in Lida, 37 miles west of US 95

Original Date Visited: 7/18/08

Signed: Both lanes of SR 266

Notes: Please know that this region is one of the most inhospitable in Nevada and this dubious location in particular is far away from almost everything. Please keep all the regular precautions stored in the back of your mind. According to a survey in 2010, SR 266 averaged a daily rate of traffic of 50 cars per day. Make sure you do all the necessary precautions before venturing to this neck of the woods. Use your best judgement with this one.

  • It is a long way from any direction to reach the tiny outpost of Lida, seen in the b.g.
  • Marker 157 plaque
  • Welcome to downtown Lida, Nevada

Exact Description:
Known as a contact point for Shoshone and Northern Paiute Indians, Lida Valley was the site of early prospecting in 1860's.

Later prospectors organized a mining district in 1867 and laid out the town in 1872. Soon stores, shops, stables and a post office were established. Some ore was milled locally, yet high-grade ore ($500-$1,000 per ton) was treated at Austin or Belmont. After 1880 mining declined.

Lida revived and thrived for three years during the Goldfield boom but declined again in 1907. Mining efforts resumed a few years later, and a small community existed here until World War I.

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