SECTION: GHOST TOWNS & ABANDONED MINES
BELMONT, NEVADA (2008)
|Belmont, in the
remote wilds of northeastern Nye County, was established when a
local Indian discovered silver in the area in late 1865. By 1867
Belmont became the Nye County Seat, and the population swelled again
in the 1870s with new ore discoveries in the area. By the time of
Belmont's peak in 1887 more than $15 million worth of riches had
been mined from the area; afterwards many mines shut down due to
depleted ore deposits, a trend that continued through the 20th century.
A small increase in population came in the 2000s, and a small but
dedicated band of residents calls Belmont "home" today.
During summer months a saloon and general store operate intermittently,
and as you can see from the photos below, many buildings & structures
still stand, making the town well worth the time it takes to drive
there & explore it.
|Closer view of
one of the many abandoned & collapsed buildings in Belmont.
Most damage comes not from vandalism but from the weight of the
snow each winter, as well as inclement weather.
Silver State Specialties was created in 1999 to offer quality resin
accessories, replacement parts and conversion kits, suitable for
many 1/25-scale plastic model kits. SSS specializes in accessories
and parts for plastic model pickup, SUV, 4x4, and heavy truck &
trailer kits. 1/32-scale and 1/35-scale parts and accessories
will be available in the future for model truck kits, such as the
1/32 Monogram Snap-Tite and ERTL snap-together kits, as well as
1/35-scale Revell, Italeri, AFV Club, Trumpeter, Airfix, Heller,
Tamiya, and other military model truck
kits. Some of these smaller scale model kits are quite well
detailed, and a wide variety of photo-etched, resin, and other accessories
are widely available for most of these military truck model kits.
What's even more exciting is the line of 1/24th & 1/25th-scale
military model kits and conversions we are in the early stages of
developing, to nicely compliment your ERTL, AMT, Italeri, Revell,
and other brands of truck models.
Silver State Specialties is working on resin accessories and complete
kits for G- gauge outdoor garden railway trains ("Large Scale")
in 1/24th-scale. Some patterns have been completed, and many more
are under construction. These kits and accessories will include
complete Beyer-Garratt style of locomotives and Narrow Gauge ore
hopper cars, as well as 24-inch & 30-inch gauge industrial equipment
in this same scale.
SSS also has master patterns partially completed for many 1/16-scale
model truck accessories and conversion kits, mainly for the Monogram-Revell
1/16-scale model truck kits. Some projected accessories for
these 1/16-scale kits are front drive axles, different wheels and
tires, air cleaner accessories, pusher and tag axles, oil filters
and engine accessories, and possibly different engines. Cab
& hood conversion kits remain a possibility for these monsters
as well, but are still years away from being offered as there are
more pressing projects to push forward with first. But someday
they should be available!
Thank you for your continued support!