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The Tonopah-Belmont Mine was one of the more productive mines near Tonopah. The mine istelf is located 24 miles southwest of Wickenbug. Records indicate that the mine opened periodically from the 1860's through 1942. The mine has a 500 foot vertical shaft with workings at the 100, 250, 400 and 500 foot levels. The Tonopah-Belmont also has many adits, or horizontal entrances to the mine.
These shafts were all accessible until 1990, when a collector entered the mine. In the darkness about a 100 feet in, he fell down a 350 foot vertical shaft. The entrances were then sealed off but in June 2002, another fatality occured. The man entered the mine and pryed open the protective gate. He too fell to his death. Since then, new steel enforced blocks have been added to prevent another death.
During its operational period, no men died. However, after the mine was closed, visitors ruined their good record of no mine fatalities.
The mine produced gold, silver, lead and copper. A horizontal adit can be seen by taking the Belmont Mountain Trail. When you get to the junction, stay left after turning left uphill. The 500 foot vertical shaft can be seen by going around the mountain.
The 500 foot vertical shaft of the Tonopah-Belmont Mine
A horizontal adit to the Tonopah-Belmont Mine