Kingston is located in southern Lander County, at the eastern foot of the Toiyabe Range and about 20 miles from Austin.
From the vision of founder Carl Haas, Kingston was created at the base of the Kingston Canyon in the 1870s. Potential buyers were flown in and met by stagecoach to introduce them to the rural living and lifestyle. Carl's vision was never fully realized, but Kingston has continued to develop slowly to the present small frontier community of 80 permanent residents. Kingston boasts its own water system, Medical Clinic, renowned Bed and Breakfast (formally Carl Haas' home), Airport, General Store, plant nursery and bar. It has become a popular destination for family gatherings and weddings. Kingston is becoming known for its small beautiful park with event Gazebo and fishing pond complete with a bridge to the small island. The annual Kingston Fireman's Picnic is a big event in August, drawing hundreds to an old-time family picnic with kid's games, BBQ, raffles, auctions and community fun.
Coming soon: small bistro for breakfast and lunch!
Silver deposits were discovered in March of 1863. By summer, 3,000 mining claims had been staked in the Santa Fe district. A city site was platted and the rush was on. While close to twenty minnig companies were active in the area, only a few turned a profit. By summer of 1864, Guadalajara had reached its peak. About 150 people lived in the town and the usual assortments of businesses were there. However, it was not long before the ore ran out and most of the mines closed. By 1870, only 50 residents were left and two years later only two mines were being worked. By 1890, Guadalajara had joined the ghosts. Today, the site is one of the most intriguing in Lander County. This is a fascinating ghost town, but since it is on private property, permission is required before venturing in.