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Named for the Texas city, Austin is an unincorporated community in Lander County, Nevada. Founded as part of a silver rush in 1862, Austin at one time had a population of more than ten thousand, and was the county seat from 1863 to 1979, when it was moved to Battle Mountain. Major silver production in the area ended by 1887 and, other than a slight revival in the 1910s, the town’s population has been in a steady decline, with a population of under two hundred at the time of the 2010 census. Turquoise is still mined in the area, as well as low levels of gold and silver mining, but today Austin is considered to be a living ghost town, popular with tourists who come to see its well-preserved buildings, which include four churches, a hotel, and Stokes Castle, a three-story stone tower built in 1897 by Anson Phelps Stokes. Austin is the headquarters of the Yomba Shoshone Tribe of Native Americans.

 

 

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