Tybo (Silver-Lead-Zinc Camp)

Nye County
  38.30974, -116.27604

"I knew well going in this was going to be a long day. One way to this marker is an hour's drive. An hour. For one marker. That doesn't count the return trip. Fortunately I am heading for Ely today so I won't be making that return trip to Tonopah. This marker really puts into perspective just how desolate a region this is and I give the hardy citizens of Tybo due credit for making a living out here. The expanse of US 6 across Nevada best personifies the true soul of Nevada ... a land of mysterious, unbroken wildness. US 6 from Ely to Tonopah well ... I'm not sure it can be defined." -- Journal Entry, March 2009

Along US 6, 58 miles east of Tonopah

Original Date Visited: 3/16/09

Signed: Severely faded signs on both lanes of US 6

Notes: [172] Tybo is one marker located well away from just about everything in all directions. There are two major cities from this location - Ely and Tonopah, but the problem is both of them are over fifty miles away in each direction! This marker marker sits on the true "loneliest road" in America, specifically, a 167-mile stretch of US 6 without any services: the longest stretch of such road in the state. Make sure you do all the necessary precautions before making this trek. Since this one is relatively far from services, we recommend conquering this one on the way to Ely or Tonopah rather than tackle it using an "out-and-back" mentality.

  • [172] The worn signage for Marker 172
  • [172] Welcome to one of the most remote markers in the system
  • [172] Marker 172 plaque
  • [172] Its likely youll be your only company at this lonely marker
  • [172] One of the best ruins in the state: the Trowbridge General Store in downtown Tybo

Exact Description:
Eight miles northwest of this point lies what was formerly one of the leading lead-producing districts in the nation. Producing erratically from ore discovery in 1866 to the present (the last mill closed in 1937), Tybo has managed to achieve an overall creditable record.

Tybo, in its infancy, was known as a peaceful camp, but later refuted that claim when there occurred racial strife between the Irish, Cornish and Central Europeans; later these groups banded together to drive from the town a company of Chinese woodcutters.

The town was not unique in having three residential sections, each with its ethnic group. However, all children went to the same brick school.

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