Cemetery notes and/or description: Tonopah's First Cemetery
The old Tonopah Cemetery was started May 7, 1901 with the burial of John Randel Weeks at the site (The body of Weeks was moved to the new cemetery in 1911). The cemetery served Tonopah until April 1911, when due to the growth of the town and mining in the area, expansion was no longer possible. A new site was then opened a mile west of town.
Many of Tonopah's pioneer resident are buried in the cemetery which contains over 300 bodies. Among them are many victims of the 1902 "Tonopah Plague". (It has never been determined what the "Tonopah Plague" was and during the winter of 1901-02, it claimed the lives of over 30 men and caused a mass exodus from the area.)
Also buried in the cemetery are 14 victims of the Tonopah-Belmont Mine fire of February 23, 1911. They were some of the last persons to be buried here. Among others buried at the site is Nye County Sheriff Thomas Logan, killed in a shoot-out in a Manhattan Bordello.