Battle Mountain is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in Lander County, Nevada. As of the 2000 census, the community had a total population of 2,871. Though it has no legal status as a municipality, it still functions as the county seat of Lander County. Its primary economic base is gold mining and, to a lesser extent, cattle ranching.
Battle Mountain is perhaps best known as having been designated the "armpit of America" in a 2001 Washington Post article.
Web Sites and Links
Battle MountainA brief history about Battle Mountain.
Battle Mtn. InformationA general information guide for Battle Mountain.
Washington Post Magazine: Why Not the Worst?Humorist Gene Weingarten visits Battle Mountain, Nevada and describes how the "Armpit of America" grows on him.
What Battle? What Mountain?A short history of the town, including possible origins for the name and the respective roles that pioneers, railroads, and mining played.