Travels in the American Southwest
Fairview
GPS N39 17.082 W118 11.766 (access road off US50)
Last Sighted: US50, 2 miles west of SR121 (Dixie Valley Road)
Road factor/Accessability - Access forbidden; Restricted area
~353 miles from Las Vegas

Born in 1905, its adolescent boom lasted until 1907 when production leveled out. Fairview saw 27 saloons, banks, newspaper and Post Office Branch before the Nevada Hills Mining Company ceased operations in 1917. I've read that the town of Fairview was moved twice after its founding. Originally located on a low flat plain, its placement was inconvenient to the mines and the stampmills. So the residents moved the entire town (except for the bank's too heavy vault which can still be sighted from US50) to the canyon so as to be close to the mines. Unfortunately, the town quickly outgrew the narrow canyon so they again moved, for a final time to an area around the stampmill. The bank's safe can be seen but not visited as the area just a few yards south of  US50 is now a US Navy bombing range with numerous signs prohibiting trespass and access. A few miles west of the safe are targets used in bombing practice.

Sign at Fairview

For photos of the vault and history -Ghosttowns.com - Fairview


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