A Town at the Bottom

A Town at the Bottom (HM210)

Location: Tonopah, NV 89040 Clark County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 8.526', W 114° 43.307'

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About two miles in front of you, the remains of the town of Callville lie buried in silt on the bottom of Lake Mead. Originally developed as a port on the Colorado River to supply goods to Mormon settlements, Callville had long been a desolate ruin by the time Lake Mead's rising water swallowed it up.

In December of 1864, Anson Call traveled overland past this point to the north bank of the Colorado, where he selected a town site along a horseshoe bend of the river. Call built a landing and a large warehouse for cargo that was to come up the Colorado by steamboat.
Callville never really got going. Isolation, competition, tough upstream navigation, and a transcontinental railroad dogged the town's progress. A steamboat finally landed at Callville in 1866, but two years later the town was abandoned.
HM NumberHM210
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 8:23am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 704977 N 4002113
Decimal Degrees36.14210000, -114.72178333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 8.526', W 114° 43.307'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 8' 31.56" N, 114° 43' 18.42" W
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Area Code(s)702
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Callville Bay Rd, Tonopah NV 89040, US
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