Townsite of Gold Butte

Nevada's Historic & Miscellaneous Places

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The Southwest, including Southern Nevada, has a significant amount of Native American Petroglyph / Rock Art Sites. Our web site will concentrate on the rock art of Southern Nevada which extends back over 1500 years, and was typically created by either the Paiute, Shoshone, Chemehuevi, or the Anasazi people.


Preservation through Education


We believe that rock art on public lands does not - and should not - belong to just a few select people or groups.  However, due to the fragile nature of many rock art sites, it is not realistic to have a large number of people visiting most of them. What we are attempting to do with our website is to provide visual access where those with the interest or the curiosity can go to see and appreciate a small piece of Native American history. Our beliefs are that by educating people to the historical significance of the rock art, people will be more inclined to respect, and preserve, the sites for the enjoyment of everyone for a long, long time.

Townsite of Gold Butte


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.



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