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Founded in 1941 as a company town for Basic Magnesium, Incorporated, which established a production plant in the region, developed from an earlier mining camp by the name of Brucite, Gabbs is located in Nye County. The unincorporated community is named for the surrounding Gabbs Valley, which was itself named for William Gabb, a paleontologist who discovered fossil specimens in the area. The settlement became a township in 1943 and an city in 1955, but lost its incorporation in 2001 following the closure or reduction of its industries, and subsequent decrease in population. Gabbs includes a large portion of the Paradise Range, which separates Gabbs from Berlin, a mining town of the late 1800s, which is now unpopulated.



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