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Argenta, Nevada
Argenta Exit, Interstate 80, Lander County, Nevada.jpg
Country United States
State Nevada
County Lander
Elevation
4,593 ft (1,400 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 0
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)

Argenta is a ghost town in Lander County, Nevada, in the United States.

History

Silver was found in Argenta in 1866, a small camp was built and a little town established. Argenta became in a shipping point for Austin, Nevada, and its residents had the hope that Austin would help make Argenta the railroad center of the Lander County. Unhappily, the center of attentions in Austin was Battle Mountain, Nevada, which was closer to the city and nearer Galena. People of Argenta understood that the future of the town was bedeviled. In December 1870, they moved everything and themselves to Battle Mountain, and Argenta became a ghost town. There was no activity in Argenta until 1930 when barite was discovered in Argenta Mountain. From 1930 and 1969 over $3 million in barite was produced. The mine was active until 2015, when it was closed by its owner Baker Hughes.

  • Hall, Shawn, 1960-

Romancing Nevada's Past: Ghost Towns and Historic Sites of Eureka, Lander and White Pines counties / by Shawn Hall. - Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1994

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