About Jarbidge, Nevada

Jarbidge is an unincorporated community in Elko County, Nevada, United States. It lies on the edge of the Jarbidge Wilderness, approximately 10 miles south of the Idaho/Nevada border. Noted locally for its remoteness, the community is usually accessed by road from Rogerson in Twin Falls County, Idaho. There is an 80-mile-long dirt road to Jarbidge heading north from the Deeth exit of Interstate 80; it is usually open only from late June until October due to snow. The community lies on the West Fork of the Jarbidge River.Gold was discovered near Jarbidge in 1909, making it the site of one of the last gold rushes in the Old West and, incidentally was the site of the last stagecoach robbery in 1916. Its population swelled to near 2000 in 1911, but afterwards began a slow decline when the mining facilities were largely cannibalized for the war effort during WWI. Mining operations ceased completely in 1932, however in recent months permits for the removal of the gold have been re-issued and the mine is reopening.The name "Jarbidge" originates from the Shoshone word "Jahabich," which means "devil" - the Shoshone name for the nearby mountains.

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  • Elevation: 6218