Berlin was a lively gold and silver mining town for just over a decade, from 1896 to around 1908. It had a 30-stamp mill and at the peak of its prosperity, over 200 residents. But all too soon, production declined, the economy soured, and nearly everyone moved away from Berlin. The town slumbered, mostly forgotten, for nearly 50 years, until it became part of a Nevada State Park in 1957. Today, tourists come for short visits and a couple of rangers stay all year, but it’s still one of the sleepiest towns in one of the emptiest counties in America.
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