"In 1864 signs of silver and gold were found approximately 8 miles south of this location [Rachel, Nevada]. About 1870 the Groom Mining District was organized. The Groom Mine operated until the mid 1870's thanks to English capital investment of about $80,000, but high grade ore was never found. The nearest supply center of Indian Springs was sixty miles distant, adding significantly to the cost of mining ore. Reopened between 1915 and 1919, the Groom Mine did ship ore but remained unprofitable. No real town ever developed, and there never was a post office at the site. Today its name lives on in the mountain range and dry lake that bears the mine's name, which are located within Nellis Air Force Range."
(Queho Posse Chapter 1919 E Clampus Vitus)
Within the highly restricted Nevada Test and Training Range, lies Homey Airport and Groom Lake, known as Area 51. Built in 1955.