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The town of Goldfield is the seat of Esmeralda County, Nevada. As its name suggests, the town was established as a result of a gold rush, when gold was discovered in the area in 1902. Wyatt and Virgil Earp came to Goldfield in 1908, where Virgin served as a deputy sheriff for a short time before contracting pneumonia and passing away in the fall of 1905. Wyatt left town shortly afterward. Goldfield reached its peak population of 20,000 people in 1906, but its population had dwindled to under 5,000 by 1910. In 1923, a fire destroyed much of the town. Once the largest town in Nevada, Goldfield is currently a semi-abandoned ghost town, situated twenty-six miles south of Tonopah and one hundred and eighty miles northwest of Las Vegas.



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