According to a 1907 Searchlight Bulletin newspaper, there were several stories reported about the naming of our town. The most popular is  attributed to Mr. G.F. Colton, who while lighting his pipe with a Searchlight brand match (mfg. by the Diamond Match Co.), saw some rocks which contained stringers of gold, staked the claim and named it Searchlight.  

Another version is that Mr. G.F. Colton and his prospecting partner Mr. A.E. Gus Moore,  were in the area, and one said to the other, “That rock contains gold!” His partner supposedly said, "If there's gold in that rock, you would need a searchlight to find it?"  

We leave it to you to take your pick on the naming of Searchlight!

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The Searchlight Gold Claim was found on January 4, 1898 by G.F. Colton and A.E. Gus Moore. The claim was recorded on August 12, 1898, in the newly established Searchlight Mining District.







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