Goodsprings, Nevada

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Goodsprings is a census-designated place (CDP) in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The population was 232 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Goodsprings is located at 35°49′54″N 115°26′3″W / 35.83167°N 115.43417°W / 35.83167; -115.43417 (35.831720, -115.434174).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), all of it land.

History

Named for Joseph Good, whose cattle frequented a spring nestled in the southeastern foothills of the Spring Mountains, Goodsprings was once the heart of the most productive mining districts in Clark County. Over the years, lead, silver, copper, zinc, gold and silver have all been mined from this area. Before 1900, a small cluster of tent cabins and a mill were erected, a post office was opened, and Lincoln County established Goodsprings Township. In 1904, Salt Lake City mining interests platted the Goodsprings Township. Most early buildings in the town were constructed during the boom spurred by the railroad in 1910-1911.

After a number of moves, the current Goodsprings Schoolhouse was erected in 1913. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it is the oldest school in Clark County that was built as a school and is still used as a school. Due to a shortage of funds, however, the Clark County School District is currently considering shutting the school down.

After World War I, mining slowed and families moved away. World War II created a second boom, but it too slowed after the war ended. The town's population has dwindled to approximately 200.

Goodsprings is currently the home of the Pioneer Saloon, considered to be one of the oldest saloons in Nevada (over 90 years old). The saloon houses a bullet hole on the side of the building and a coroner's letter describing how it was created. The saloon is said to be "haunted" by the victim's ghost by many. In addition, the Pioneer Saloon has a small memorial to both Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. Ms. Lombard's plane TWA Flight 3 crashed into nearby Potosi Mountain on January 16, 1942. The saloon and hotel were the centers of operations for the search. The accident resulted in her death.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 232 people, 107 households, and 63 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 155.7 people per square mile (60.1/km²). There were 122 housing units at an average density of 81.9/sq mi (31.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.66% White, 1.72% African American, 0.43% Native American, 1.72% from other races, and 6.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.74% of the population.

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