The Tonopah & Tidewater was originally constructed in the early 1900s, along with several other lines in Esmeralda and Nye Counties in Nevada. They served the gold and other mines in the area. The T&T never actually made it to "Tidewater" in southern California, but it did interchange with the Union Pacific (at Crucero) and the Santa Fe (at Ludlow). The line was abandoned in the early 1940s. Much of the former right of way is intact because of the remote area that it travels through.
Heading south from Beatty, the line passed through Gold Center, Ashton and Leeland, NV, and Jenifer, Scranton, Bradford, Death Valley Jct., Evelyn, Gerstley, Shoshone, Zabriskie, Tecopa, Acme, Sperry, Dumont, Valjean, Riggs, Silver Lake, Baker, Soda, Resor, Crucero, Mesquite, Broadwell and Ludlow, CA.