Battle Mountain, Nevada

Battle Mountain, Nevada
Battle Mountain, Nevada

Back in 2001, the Washington Post Magazine characterized Battle Mountain as "the Armpit of America." The "town" is the unincorporated county seat of Lander County. Battle Mountain is most famous as the home of the "Human-Powered Speed Challenge," an annual bike race on a long, flat, straight stretch of Nevada Highway 305 just outside of town. The economy of Battle Mountain is essentially based on gold mining and on mining the pockets of visitors in the town's legal gambling dens.

In 1866, George Tannihill discovered a rich lode of copper ore and when he filed his mineral claim, he named the area the Battle Mountain Mining District. When the Central Pacific laid tracks through here in 1868, they built a siding to offload supplies for the miners in the area. In 1870, the railroad decided to relocate the Argenta station to the Battle Mountain Siding. So they surveyed a townsite, built a depot and the settlement of Battle Mountain began.

Battle Mountain, Nevada
The countryside around Battle Mountain
Battle Mountain, Nevada
An entrant in the Human-Powered Speed Challenge
Fast Facts about Battle Mountain, Nevada
Battle Mountain, Lander County, NV 89820
Founded: 1870
Elevation: 4,511'
Latitude: 40.6394°N
Longitude: 116.9373°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 64.3%
Hispanic: 25.4%
Native American: 4.6%
African-American: 3.0%
Two or More Races: 2.7%
High School or Higher: 79.2%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 13.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 3.7%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 2,563
Males: 1,306
Females: 1,257
Median Resident Age: 31.7 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $50,220
Estimated Median Home Value: $79,100
Population Density: 1,418 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Battle Mountain: 79.9
Major Industries:
Mining, Health Care, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Educational Services, Government, Truck Transportation, Social Services, Retail Services, Utilities
Unemployed: 8.1% logo
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