Though the settlement
started out as a quiet community, this would change when the camp
began to experience racial problems. Filled mostly with European
immigrants, the difficulties began when the company that owned the
charcoal burners hired Chinese workers to cut the wood that fired the
As in many mining
camps of the west, the white settlers did not like the Chinese and
angered by the many who had "invaded” their camp, heated talk, with
the help of flowing liquor, started in the saloons. Before long,
they began to retaliate against the Chinese with words, fists, knives,
and guns, leading to a number of nameless graves in the cemetery.
The frenzy continued
until it culminated in a drunken mob storming the sleeping camp of the
Chinese workers with cracking bullwhips and blazing guns. Fleeing for their lives, the Asians hid in the hills until their
employers rounded them up and put them back to work under the watchful
eye of armed guards. The miners again threatened to storm the
Chinese camp, but this time they gave the charcoal company an
ultimatum – get rid of the Chinese in 24 hours or they would kill
them. This time the Chinese fled for their lives.
In 1881 the Tybo
Consolidate Mining Company failed when the quality of ore dropped
dramatically and by the end of the year, Tybo's
population had been reduced to only about 100 people. Just three
years later, in 1884, much of what was left of the once prosperous
community was destroyed by a disastrous fire that leveled 32
Over the years, numerous mining companies
attempted to resurrect the mining operations, but all failed with the
last mill closing in 1937. The last known miners known to work
the area were a group of eighteen men who hauled old tailings to
Tonopah in the years 1942-1945.
All in all, the district’s silver, lead
and zinc production netted some $9.8 million in valuable ore during
its production years.
Though a handful of people still make their homes in Tybo, today the
settlement is a ghost town with its few remaining once prosperous
businesses standing in stages of ruin. That being said,
Tybo offers a
number of picturesque photo opportunities of the ghost town
enthusiast, including the town’s old general store, with its imposing
brick front and arched windows. Many other original buildings, cabins,
charcoal kilns and a cemetery can also be seen. In the hills near
town, nothing remains of the mills but foundations, however, mines
continue to dot the landscape. A few shafts remain uncovered so hikers
should take care.
Tybo is in Nye
County, approximately a 17 mile drive from Warm Springs,
Nevada. From Warm Springs, take Highway 6 northwest to Toiyabe Basecamp Road and
turn left, follow to Tybo. Some portions of the road are unpaved.
of America, updated April, 2017.