Founder of the Mizpah Mine
Jim Butler's wife Belle was, by all accounts, the one who made sure the claims were filed, the legal and business details were in order, and she even located Tonopah's largest strike, the Mizpah Mine!
Belle made certain that the new settlement was a place of civil order and a modicum of restraint, as much as she could. Women, at least those not of the oldest profession, were to be respected and protected.
She brought in Lottie Stimmler, a Belmont woman who was an excellent cook, to prepare meals for the miners, who otherwise had only what they could rustle for themselves after a backbreaking day in the mines.
And Belle made sure that Jim did not manage to give away their hard-won wealth to the flock of hustlers who always found their way to boom towns in those days.
Belle Butler was a true woman of the wild west, bold and sophisticated, never afraid to get her hands dirty but always ready to help those in need.