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Otteson’s World Famous Turquoise in Tonopah!

Turquoise Mining, High-Quality Turquoise Jewelry, Mine Tours, and The Otteson Family

The Royston Mine is one of the last American mines in operation today.

And, an “awesome” day trip…

Otteson's World Famous Turquoise
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The Otteson story began with Lynn Otteson and family. In 1944 Lynn Otteson and family came to Nevada to mine Turquoise. He leased a Royston claim from Lee Hand, at that time there were a couple other claims being leased by other miners.

The Royston District covers several miles of mt. range which includes numerous claims, at that time Lee controlled approx. 30 claims in this district. The Otteson family has owned or leased claims in this district off and on for the past 60 years, with friends and family as partners. The Ottesons have mined and owned numerous claims in Nevada and Colorado.

We believe the Royston District near Tonopah, NV has produced some of the highest quality turquoise in the world.

While mining Grant Huntly in the 70’s Royston Turquoise was being sold to Tiffany’s of New York. Lynn believes that the Royston District is one of the best Turquoise mining areas in the world.

Originally the Royston mining district was controlled by Lee F. Hand. TheĀ Royston is a mining district in Nevada outside of Tonapah that originally consisted of four old Turquoise claims: Bunker Hill, Easter Blue, Oscar Wehrend, and Royal Blue.