Elevation: 7,329

A ghost town site in eastern White Pine County, 12 miles northwest of Baker.

"Blackhorse," sometimes spelled "Black Horse," is a relatively obscure ghost town at the foot of the Snake Range, a mere two miles north of Sacramento Pass. As noted in a miner's journal, the origin of its name might lie in the journal of one settler who spotted a lone black horse cantering away at a "rabbit's fleet."


Surprisingly, some of the richest ore ever discovered in Nevada came from Blackhorse, a town that had its beginning in March 1906 and saw little else. The discovery of gold was assayed at more than $100,000 per ton and almost overnight the town flooded with an onslaught of people, topping out to a population of 400 within a week. With its influx, the construction of three stores, three saloons, two boardinghouses, a blacksmith shop, and a barbershop officially placed Black Horse on the map. Its life was doomed from day one. As suddenly as the ore was here, it was gone tomorrow, with its mines finally ran dry in 1913. In its short existence, Black Horse produced close to $1 million.

How To Get HereEdit

Today, all that exists to mark the presence of Blackhorse is an outhouse and well-maintained historic cemetery. Look for an improved (unpaved) Forest Service signed for "BLM Access, Forest Lands Access," 2 miles west of Sacramento Pass on US 6/50. Follow this road east for 4 miles to the cemetery.