WHY JIM BUTLER DAYS IN TONOPAH?
Well if it hadn’t been for Jim, folks say, there wouldn’t be a Tonopah, Nevada at all. In fact there wouldn’t be a Goldfield, Nevada or a Beatty, Nevada and the last great gold rush in the USA may never have happened. Well, I’m sure someone would have found it eventually – but in 1900 it was Jim Butler’s discovery of silver that started all the fuss. The story goes that he was trying to corral his wayward burros and picked up a rock to throw at them. It felt heavier than usual and when he looked at the rock – wow! – it was rich with silver! Well, maybe. Of course Jim was fluent in the native Shoshone language too – and it’s just possible that the Indians may have pointed out where the silver was located as well. And of course let’s not forget his wife, Belle!
The truth of the matter is that if it hadn’t been for Belle, Jim may never have gotten up out of the ranch house to go and stake his claims! It was also Belle who located the Mizpah claim – the richest mine in Tonopah! I suppose if history were fair the whole thing should be called Belle Butler Days but I guess Belle stood behind her man and was content to be the brains in the background! Come on out and enjoy Jim Butler Days – but remember – Tonopah owes just as much to Belle! JIM BUTLER DAYS MAY 27-30, 2011 – TONOPAH, NEVADA — SEE: JIM BUTLER DAYS