Galena, Nevada – Historic Mining & Ghost Town
Galena is a Ghost Town in Lander County, Nevada near Battle Mountain, Nevada. The population of Galena is 10 people – what draws people to stay while others have already left! Is it the place, the people or the history – what remains in a somewhat deserted town in of all places rural Nevada.
The town was formed in 1869 and the Dutch Creek Mine eeked out about a cool $5 million in silver and lead extracted from the native ore in the area. Once a historic mining town known for the size of its cemetery and that it had a park. Now a deserted ghost town. You could say the town of Galena has had several lives throughout the years.
In the 1870’s the town experienced its heyday. The population increased as well as more businesses opened along with 2 stage lines. The mining activities increased until the 1880’s when those activities started to decline and then increased again in the 1910’s & 1920’s.
Today you can see the mining ruins in the town of Galena. A Word of Caution: When exploring, especially a historic mining camp, be aware of your surroundings. It can be DANGEROUS going into old buildings and steer clear of open shafts.