Osceola, Nevada is straight ahead…at the top of the mountain in the distance. The winding dirt road up the mountain can be observed by the discerning viewer.
The state of Nevada has kindly placed this sign pointing the way off the pavement and towards Osceola despite a population of zero. Osceola is a true ghost town.
The winding mountain dirt road and snow make for a tense drive up to Osceola.
The winding road can be seen below as it leads higher and higher into the mountain.
The old Osceola cemetery emerges around a bend in the road. The headstones indicate everyone here was buried in the late 1800s. Still there is evidence someone is caring for this old graves even more than 100 years later.
The winding and snowy mountain road continues towards the town of Osceola.
Before we get to Osceola, let us see what it looked like in 1890 from a photo from Paher’s classic book “Nevada, Ghost Towns and Mining Camps” taken from the Mrs. Wayne Cole Collection. Research suggests that all that remains today is the rock walls of the general store which I have outlined in red below.
The mountains of Osceola are dotted with mines and thus many side adventures. A mine spotted in the distance leads to a hike up this snow filled steep grade.
A closer look at this wooden head frame. Below it lies a deep shaft descending into the mountain. There is no official warning sign on this mine but then again what foolish person would venture here?
Alas, another mine has been spotted on another peak promoting another snow hike. Note this mine is constructed of metal and is also well preserved.
This mine contains a unique surprise. The original hoist equipment has been left behind. The engine here would power the cable that would lower miners into the earth and in the case of this mine, gold out.
Standing on the edge of mine shaft right below the head frame.