Silver and gold were discovered in 1873 in what was to become Taylor. This was a typical mining community supported chiefly by the Argus and Monitor mines. In seven years, the town boasted a population of 1,500 people, seven saloons, 3 general stores, an opera house, a Wells-Fargo office, and professional services including a doctor. By 1886, Taylor was the center of county activity. A social highlight was the annual 4th of July celebration.
Mining continued at Taylor intermittently until 1919. Then a 100-ton cyanide plant at the Argus Mine gave new impetus. But production declined when the price of silver plummeted. Mining activity renewed during World War II. More than $1 million in silver, gold, copper and lead had been produced.
Ely, Nevada 15 miles.
Southeast of Ely on U.S. Hwys 6, 50 & 93. Then east on well-maintained gravel road at historic marker.
Mine area is fenced and locked.