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Mina is a census-designated place in Mineral County in west-central Nevada, United States. It is located along U.S. Route 95 (38° 23' 25" N 118° 06' 30" W) at an elevation of 4,560 feet (1,390 m). The 2010 population was 155.[1]

Mina, Nevada
Census-designated place
Mina, Nevada in 2011
Mina, Nevada in 2011
Mina is located in Nevada
Mina
Mina
Mina is located in the Tonopah Basin of Nevada
Coordinates: 38°23′26″N 118°6′31″W / 38.39056°N 118.10861°W / 38.39056; -118.10861Coordinates: 38°23′26″N 118°6′31″W / 38.39056°N 118.10861°W / 38.39056; -118.10861
Country United States
State Nevada
County Mineral
Area
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 155
 • Density 65/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 89422
Area code(s) 775
FIPS code 32-46800
GNIS feature ID 0842148

Contents

HistoryEdit

Mina was founded as a railroad town in 1905 and was named for Ferminia Sarras, a large landowner and famed prospector known as the 'Copper Queen.'[2] The Carson and Colorado Railway, a division of Southern Pacific Railroad, had a station in the town. The railroad is long gone, but at one time a local shuttle called the "Slim Princess" allowed Native Americans to ride for free on top of the railcars, and passengers and crew would shoot wild game such as jack rabbits, ducks and sage hens from the open windows. The train moved slow enough that hunters had time to retrieve their game and hop back on board.

 
View south along US 95 in Mina

Gee Jon and Hughie Sing were convicted of the August 27, 1921, Mina, Nevada murder of Tom Quong Kee and, as a result, Gee Jon, a 29-year-old member of the Hop Sing Tong, became the first person in the world executed by lethal gas. The execution was at the Nevada State Prison on February 8, 1924.[3]

NameEdit

Some sources states that the name is derived from a Spanish word meaning 'mine.' [4][5] However, other sources state that John C. Fulton (or John M. Fulton), division general manager for the Southern Pacific Railway, named the town after Fermina Sarras (or Serrias), a Nicaraguan[2] woman who was operating nearby copper prospects. [6][7]

Initially, a railroad station was intended to be at Sodaville, Nevada, but an agreement between the railroad and land speculators could not be reached, so Mina, Nevada was platted two miles north of Sodaville. [6]

GeographyEdit

Mina in the Soda Spring Valley of eastern Mineral County along U.S. Route 95, 32 miles (51 km) southeast of Hawthorne and 70 miles (110 km) northwest of Tonopah. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Mina CDP has an area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all land.[1]

ClimateEdit

The Köppen Climate System classifies the weather in this area as semi-arid, abbreviated BSk. This climate type occurs primarily on the periphery of true deserts in low-latitude semiarid steppe regions.[8]

Climate data for Mina, Nevada
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8
(46)
11
(52)
15
(59)
19
(67)
24
(76)
31
(87)
36
(96)
34
(93)
29
(85)
22
(72)
14
(57)
8
(47)
21
(70)
Average low °C (°F) −6
(21)
−4
(25)
−1
(30)
2
(36)
7
(45)
12
(54)
16
(61)
14
(58)
9
(48)
3
(38)
−2
(28)
−6
(21)
4
(39)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 10
(0.4)
10
(0.4)
10
(0.4)
13
(0.5)
15
(0.6)
10
(0.4)
8
(0.3)
8
(0.3)
8
(0.3)
10
(0.4)
8
(0.3)
8
(0.3)
114
(4.5)
Source: Weatherbase [9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Mina CDP, Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Zanjani, Sally (2000). A Mine of Her Own: Women Prospectors in the American West, 1850-1950. University of Nebraska Pres. Retrieved 2018-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Asian Pacific American Historical Timeline Details (1920 to 1929)". USAsians.net. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Carlson, Helen S. (1974-01-01). Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. University of Nevada Press. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-87417-094-8. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  5. ^ Origin of Place Names: Nevada (PDF). Reno: Federal Writers' Project, W. P. A. 1941. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  6. ^ a b Earl, Phillip I. (1988-01-03). "2 Nevada towns' existence linked to greedy land speculators". Reno Gazette-Journal. p. 38. Retrieved 2018-08-09 – via Newspapers.com.   
  7. ^ McCraken, Arthur D. (1987). "An Interview with Albert Bradshaw". Nye County History Project. Retrieved 2018-08-09. 
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Mina, Nevada
  9. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on September 8, 2013.

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