Carson City, Nev. – Join the Town of Tonopah in celebrating the 44th Annual Jim Butler Days this Memorial Day weekend. Many events are scheduled throughout the weekend to celebrate its historic past.

On May 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. stop by Main Street to watch the Main Street Parade which honors Jim Butler who was responsible for the significant find in May 1900 that inaugurated Nevada’s early 20th Century gold/silver boom.

The Nevada State Mining Championships will take place at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park immediately following the parade and continue on May 25 at 10 a.m. Events include double and single jack drilling, individual and team mucking, spike driving, timber toss, timber sawing and the newest event, blindfolded wheelbarrow obstacle course.

You can also sign up in advance for the Blacksmithing as an Art Class on May 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or May 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will learn to light and work with a coal forge to heat and shape metal. Classes are designed to meet student’s skill level. This class is intended for adults, youth are invited to participate with adult supervision.

The Tonopah Historic Mining Park will be open May 24 and 25 to experience how it was to work in a turn-of-the-century mine.

For more information about the 44th Annual Jim Butler Days events visit or call 775-482-9274.





Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come. Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of all Nevadans. Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration commenced on Nevada Day 2013 and will conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration in October, 2014. For more information, please visit


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