Silver State Sights - Tybo

Published: Nov. 19, 2019 at 1:55 PM PST
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If you head east from Tonopah on U.S. 6, you probably already feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, so the idea of going off road from there, might feel a bit strange.

“It’s an old ghost town and it doesn’t really get traveled very often,” said Jeff Kerbel, a frequent visitor to the old mining town of Tybo, which is located in Northern Nye County.

“It used to be quite a place,” Kerbel added. “There still are ruins up here from its heyday in the late 1880s and 1890s, and as you can see there are some head frames and other things above here.”

Kerbel’s mother-in-law is one of only two residents, and she lives in a house that was converted from being an old school house years ago. That is right next to what was the general store

You’ll see plenty of remnants of the mines in Tybo. Some are more well preserved than others. You will find one just outside of the town still has a head frame and hoist house that are largely intact, from the days when several different things were mined there.

“Mainly it was lead, and a little bit of silver, and a bit of gold,” said Kerbel. “I heard they got a million dollars’ worth of gold out of this place.”

There are also charcoal ovens in Tybo, but the road that leads to them is no longer drivable. When you make the turn onto the dirt road from Highway 6, you will see some signs showcasing the ovens.

“There’s people that come up here and they are welcome,” Kerbel added. “Just another place in Nevada that has an old history, that isn’t up to par now.”

Like most Nevada mining towns, Tybo was at its peak during the 1870s, with a population of about 1000. But now, it only serves as a historical reminder of the way things once were.

The Tybo consolidated mining company mill once occupied much of the hillside, but when you look at it now, a few walls and the brick smokestack are all that’s left.

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