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38° 1′ 39″ N, 117° 52′ 59″ W
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Coaldale is a ghost town in Esmeralda County, Nevada, located at the junction of U.S. Route 95 and U.S. Route 6 about 40 miles east of Tonopah, Nevada.
Coal near Coaldale was discovered in 1894 by William Groszenger who sold 150 tons to the Columbus Marsh Borax works. In 1911, the Darms Mine and the Nevada Coal and Fuel Co. mines were in operation. Coal was found 4 miles SSE of Coaldale in the north end of the Silver Peak Range. In the early 1900’s, there was renewed interest in the coal, when Dr. Frances Williams of Goldfield, Nevada personally restaked claims. At the time, Groezenger retained the majority of the claims.
Coaldale had a store, cafe, motel, and service station as late as 1993, but is now abandoned. The service station was closed down due to EPA testing in 1993 that found that its underground fuel tanks were leaking. Soon, the restaurant and motel closed, since the service station was the primary attraction for travelers.
In 1994, the movie The Stranger was filmed at Coaldale. The Stranger features Kathy Long, female kickboxing champion, who battles bikers and saves the town. At some point before 2006, a fire destroyed the restaurant.