Beatty is a small town located in Nye County, Nevada, United States. The town is situated in the Mojave Desert and is part of the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area. Beatty was founded in the late 19th century during the mining boom in the region.
The history of Beatty dates back to the early 1900s, when gold was discovered in the nearby Bullfrog Hills. The town was established in 1904 as a mining camp and was named after Montillus Murray “Old Man” Beatty, a Civil War veteran and miner who discovered gold in the area. The town quickly grew as prospectors and miners flocked to the area in search of fortune.
In its early days, Beatty was a rough and tumble town with a reputation for violence and lawlessness. Saloons, gambling halls, and brothels were plentiful, and shootouts were a common occurrence. However, as the town grew and more families moved in, the need for law and order became apparent. In 1906, Beatty was incorporated and a town marshal was appointed to maintain order.
Throughout the early 20th century, mining remained the primary industry in Beatty. The town produced gold, silver, and copper, and several mines operated in the area. However, by the mid-20th century, many of the mines had closed, and Beatty’s population declined. Today, the town is a small but vibrant community that serves as a gateway to nearby attractions such as Death Valley National Park and the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
In recent years, Beatty has become a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. The town is located on the eastern edge of the Mojave National Preserve and is surrounded by stunning desert landscapes. Visitors can explore hiking trails, off-road vehicle routes, and scenic drives in the area.
In addition to its natural beauty, Beatty is also known for its annual Beatty Days festival, which celebrates the town’s history and culture. The festival features a parade, live music, a car show, and other activities that showcase the town’s unique character and charm.