Spanish explorers were the first non-native Americans to visit the Gold Butte area in the 1700's and were followed by white settlers in the mid 1800's. Then the prospectors came and the town of Gold Butte was formed in the early 1900's. The town grew to about 1500 to 2000 people and in 1907 had its own post office, but soon after the ore ran dry and Gold Butte all but died around 1910. Pictured below are the graves of two of the original miners that stayed on in Gold Butte, Art Coleman and Bill Garrett. Bill Garrett was the nephew of Sherriff Pat Garrett who killed the outlaw Billy the Kid in 1881.
Photos 15 - 20 are of the Spanish Arrastra used for crushing gold and silver.