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McGill, in White Pine County, Nevada, grew up around a ranch that was established by John Cowger in 1872, which was purchased by William Lyons and William McGill in 1886, and a post office opened at the McGill Ranch in 1891. The Nevada Consolidated Copper Company, which operated several mines in the area, formed a partnership with the Steptoe Valley Smelting and Mining Company, after which a smelter was opened in 1908. For a short time, the town was known as Smelter, before being renamed after the ranch. After the suspension of copper mining in 1983, the town’s population has declined considerably. McGill is located along Route 93, south of the Ely Indian Colony Reservation and the town of Ely.



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