Gabbs is an unincorporated town in Nye County, Nevada, United States. The population was 269 at the 2010 census. Located in northern Nye County, it is part of the Greater Las Vegas, making it at the most distant community from Las Vegas in the Las Vegas–Henderson combined statistical area.History
Gabbs was founded circa December 1941 as a company town for Basic Magnesium, Inc. (BMI), which operated a magnesium production plant in the area. The town grew out of an earlier mining camp named Brucite (after the magnesium oxide brucite that occurred locally), and took the name of the surrounding Gabbs Valley, itself named after paleontologist William Gabb (who had studied fossil specimens from the area). World War II demand for magnesium fueled the plant's expansion under the direction of the War Production Board, and policing, a jail, and a school district were established during 1942. Gabbs became a township in June 1943, with a population of 426. Settlements at North Gabbs,
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