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Aurum Cemetery (Silver Canyon Cemetery)
(Dougburg Cemetery)
White Pine County, Nevada

T21N R65E Sec 13
Lat: 39°42'10"N Lon: 114°34'58"W

Contributed by Donna Frederick, Feb 28, 2002 [wpnative@yahoo.com]. Donna's Page Total records = 32.

Aurum is located in north-west Spring Valley, White Pine County, Nevada. From Ely - Highway 93N forty-three (43) miles to Schellbourne Station. (There is a Pony Express Exhibit at this junction.) Turn east for 14.8 miles to stone house. (This road takes you along portions of the Pony Express trail.) At stone house, turn south on Nevada 893 for 3.5 miles. Exit right and follow this rough road for three miles to Aurum.

Aurum Cemetery is situated on land which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Ely District. BLM personnel can tell you the road conditions and advice on travel in this area. Aurum is accessible with a two-wheel drive most of the year - depending on weather conditions.

Foundations, mill ruins and the cemetery are all that remain of the once thriving camp of Aurum at the mouth of Silver Canyon. The presence of approximately fifteen graves can be seen at the cemetery. Mark Henderson, Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management, Ely states there is a possibility of three more graves located under the road put in by vehicles cutting across to the cemetery. Only four stones can now be read.

The mining camp of Silver Canyon (Aurum) sprang up in 1878. The Post Office objected to the name Silver Canyon and opened Apr 4, 1881 under the name Aurum. Aurum was split in two sections. Upper - where the boarding house for the miners was located, and Lower with residences, businesses, mill, post office, etc.. The upper was referred to as "Doughburg." February 11, 1884 tragedy struck in Silver Canyon. A snow slide came down the canyon above the boarding house of the Sadie L Mine killing three people. Two - Mickel & McCrimmon were buried at Aurum. John Fox was taken into Cherry Creek for burial.

The camp went through several periods of boom and bust with the population occasionally getting down to only one inhabitant - Simon Davis. The post office closed May 31, 1938.

- Donna Frederick

Cameron, Jacob, b. Germany, d. 26 Oct 1897 Muncy NV, "Tis finished! The confilct is past, The Heaven-Born Spirit is Fled", First reading of this stone was in 1986. Since that time it has been vandalized and reads ERON.
Doherty, James, d. 21 Oct 1891, age: 51 Yrs, Cross at top of marker
Hughes, N. L., b. Missouri, d. 11 Mar 1896 Spring Valley, Nevada, age: 63 Yrs
Killam, M., b. 1 Jul 1820, Pennsylvania, d. 9 Feb 1897
McCrimmon, Wallace, d. 11 Feb 1884 Silver Canyon, "Killed in avalanche - White Pine News, 23 Feb 1884 - Ward Reflex 28 Feb 1884"
Mickel, H. W., d. 11 Feb 1884 Silver Canyon, "Killed in avalanche - White Pine News, 23 Feb 1884 - Ward Reflex 28 Feb 1884"

 

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