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Nelson is a census-designated place in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The community is in the Pacific Standard Time zone. The location of Nelson is in El Dorado Canyon, Eldorado Mountains. The town is in the southeast region of the Eldorado Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 37.GeographyNelson is located along Nevada State Route 165, about 8mi southeast of its junction with U.S. Route 95. Route 165 continues east 5mi to a dead end at Nelsons Landing on the Colorado River, by water north of Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mojave. Nelson is about from Boulder City by road.HistoryEarly historyThe area known as Nelson was originally called Eldorado in 1775, by the Spaniards who made the original discoveries of gold in the area that is now Eldorado Canyon. The town was the site of one of the first major gold strikes in Nevada and one of the biggest mining booms in state history. Gold and silver were discovered here around 1859. The rush to the canyon began in 1861, several mining camps were established in the canyon, and a steamboat landing at the mouth of the canyon on the Colorado River, called Colorado City.
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