Sulphur is named for the nearby sulphur deposits, discovered in 1866. Today, the Hycroft Mine is located nearby.
The 1914-1915 WPRR Descriptive Time Table for west-bound traffic stated: "Five miles from Sulphur are located the extensive workings of the Nevada Sulphur Company. On the left is distant and oddly white Calico Range, always of the pale hue." There could be confusion about left and right here?
See Sulphur Mining District for early histories of the area.
Residents of Sulphur
Below are various resources that name residents of Sulphur organized chronologically.
The Sulphur post office "Operated Jan 1899-Sep 1899, Jan 1910-Nov 1943, Aug 1946-May 1953".
In 1922, a petition to the U.S. House of Representatives was sent and lists residents of Sulphur: "4942 By Mr Arentz Petitions of the Humboldt County Chamber of Commerce and Messrs Born, Cooney, Richardson, Pearce, Wilkinson, Gray, Moore, Defenbaugh and Fishburn of Winnemucca Messrs Crowley, Whitaker, Newland, Stonebaker, Brown, Cushin, Alley, Rolph, Willig, Noble, Swager, Olsen, Brabazon and Webster of Sulphur Nev. protesting against House bill 10598 to the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce" (Bill 10598 seems to have something to do with using the US Mail to promote illegal financial matters?)
W. W. "Wally" Irwin was the Sulphur postmaster from "the mid-1930's through the 1950's".
In 1950, Velva D. Zeik opened a grocery store in Sulphur.
Robert Trego states that there were three or families living in Sulphur in 1955.
- Sulphur Mining District - Mining history of the area.
- Descriptive Time Tables, Denver and Rio Grande - Western Pacific, Winter 1914-1915
- Guy Rocha, "Myth #124: True Confessions: The J.W. Rover Case," Nevada State Library and Archives.
- Mining Magazine: An International Monthly Review of Current Progress in Mining and Metallurgy," p. 416, Volume 8, December 26, 1903.
- GNIS, "Sulphur Post Office (historical)," "History: , Citation: Gamett, James, and Paher, Stanley W. Nevada Post Offices. Las Vegas: Nevada Publications, 1983, 176 pp. Discusses historical background of Nevada post offices. p123"
- Tells Promise of Black Rock," Nevada State Journal, February 14, 1910.
- Red Butte, Humboldt County, Nevada, 1910 Census, archive.org.
- "United States Congressional Serial Set, Journal of the House of Representatives," p. 258, April 3, 1922.
- Photo 023, "1933 George Swager Postmaster," Humboldt Museum, Winnemucca.
- "George W. Swager is Summoned at Humboldt Home," Nevada State Journal, December 30, 1936 - Page 9.
- Benjamin T. Barna, "A Material Culture of Making Do: Adapting to the Great Depression in the Rabbithole Mining District," p. 74, UNR, May, 2008. Cites Venable 2006a.
- Winnemucca Social Notes," Nevada State Journal, April 25, 1950
- Robert Trego, "Black Rock Desert Roads," Nevada State Journal, October 23, 1955, p10-11. Low resolution image of Sulphur. Also mentioned are Trego and Jungo.
- Sulphur GNIS
- "Winnemucca County Ghost Towns," Sulphur was a major shipping and receiving point in the 1920s.
- Photos 1955 Derailment of the California Zephyr near Sulphur.
- Dorthoy Nylen, "The Color of Daffodils, the Smell of Rotten Eggs," Nevada State Museum Newsletter, January/February 2002. Includes image of boiler.
- Photo #23, "1933 George Swager Postmaster," Humboldt Museum, Winnemucca.
- People #24, "Mary Swager at Sulphur Nev, in 1912," Humboldt Museum, Winnemucca. Her wedding dress is in Humboldt County Museum Collection.
- People #26, "Mary Swager, Sulphur, Nev 1921," Humboldt Museum, Winnemucca.
- People #178, "Mary Evans c 1920 Telegraph operator at Sulphur, NV 1918-1964," Humboldt Museum, Winnemucca.
- HU-404, "Nevada Sulphur Smelter," Nevada Historical Society.
- HU-405, "New Mill for Grinding," Nevada Historical Society. Not sure of the location.
- HU-406, "Nevada Sulphur Smelter," Nevada Historical Society.
- HU-417, "Sulphur-Humboldt Co.," Nevada Historical Society.
- HU-418, "Spring Belonging to Sulphur Works," Nevada Historical Society.
- HU-661, "Hotel @ Sulphur in the 1920's," Nevada Historical Society.