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Etymology: Named for John Insley Blair, Banker and Financier from New York and Blairstown, New Jersey
Country United States
State Nevada
County Esmeralda
4,616 ft (1,407 m)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Blair, Nevada is a mining ghost town in Esmeralda County, Nevada.


Today a historical marker commemorates Blair along State Route 265 just north of Silver Peak. At one time Blair was a thriving, albeit short-lived, mining boom town. As mining reached a fever pitch in Nevada during the Tonopah boom, the effects spidered out in all directions to revive many a dormant mining town. Nearby, in Silver Peak, land speculators were driving land prices so artificially high that the 100-stamp mill planned for Silver Peak was relocated and built a mile and a half west, where it became the hub of Blair. It was the Pittsburg-Silver Peak Gold Mining Company that was responsible for the large mill that went up in 1907; at the time it was Nevada's largest such facility. They constructed the 17 and half mile Silver Peak Railroad the previous year. Blair had a post office from 1906 to 1915.

By 1920, Blair was a ghost town. Besides the historical marker the only reminders of the town are the remains of stone buildings and the foundation of the old mill.

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