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Nevada now ranks number one in the nation for producing gold, but most of this gold comes from low grade deposit. There are still some excellent placer deposits in Nevada that will be of interest to the recreational prospector. Over 30 million ounces has been produced in Nevada.

Carson City County Nevada

by Tom Ashworth

Carson City

West of Carson City, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Range, is the Voltair district. You can find the Washoe and Eagle Valley mines here. They produced a by product of gold.


Delaware is located in the eastern part of the county. In Brunswick Canyon, you will find the Sullivan Mine, which produced a by product of gold.

Churchill County Nevada

by Tom Ashworth

Churchill County was one of Nevada's nine original counties when founded in 1861. Churchill County has produced a total of 164,605 ounces of gold as a by product of lode mines. Placer mining has been insignificant. The best chances for placer are in the Terrill Mountains and Barnett Hills in the southwestern corner of the county, gravel deposits in the Trinity Range northwest of Alkali Flats and the placers at the north end of the Sand Springs Range in the southern part of the county.


At Eastgate, on route 2, five miles east of U.S. 50 and about 60 miles east of Fallon had many are lead / Silver mines that had a by product of gold. If you go south by southwest of Eastgate by 18 miles on route 23, is the location of the Gold Basin District. In the Gold Basin District the are lode mines produce lode gold.


Southeast of Fallon 23~30 miles, is the location of the Sand Springs District, which produced 20,875 ounces of gold from 1905-1951. You can find the Dan Tucker Mine in this district, which produced a by product of gold.


On U.S. 50 about 42 miles southeast of Fallon, then south 20~30 miles on Route 31 in adjoining Mineral County and southeast on Route 23 in Mineral and Nye Counties, is a very large mining region. From Frenchman east 6 miles to north trending dirt road, to Dixie Valley area there are several important mine. Northeast 3~5 miles to a 5 way crossroads, take the northeast road 11 miles to the old camp of Wonder. On the west slope of the Clan Alpine Range is the Wonder District. The Wonder District had a total production of 73,890 ounces of gold, mostly from the Nevada Wonder Mine. Also at the old camps of Alpine in the area of Dry Lake and Bernice there are some area lode mines that produced a by product of gold. Northeast of crossroads 3 miles, turn north 12~20 miles to the old camps of Boyer, Cottonwood Canyon, Bolivia (all in the Table Mountain area) the area lode mines produced a by product of gold. South about 20 miles on Route 31, to Shad Run, there are many mines that produced a by product of gold. East 11 miles and south on Route 23, on the west slope of Fairview Peak, is the Fairview district. The Fairview District had a total production of around 54,000 ounces of gold. There are many area mines that produced gold. The Nevada Hills Mine, major base metal producer in the county, along with Eagleville and Dromedary mines produced a by product of gold. Just south of Fairview, in the area gravel deposits, you can find placer gold. 7 miles south of Fairview, old camp of South Fairview, had many area mines and 1 mile east at Bell Mountain there were some more gold mines.

White Plains

Southwest of White Plains 3 miles is the Desert (or White Plains) Mine. This mine had a rich ore body that produced significant lode gold.

Clark County Nevada

by Tom Ashworth

Gold and silver were discovered in Clark County, Nevada in 1857. The total production has been recorded at 291,770 ounces of gold between 1908 and 1959. Only around 200 ounces of that was placer.


Around Alunite, Railroad Pass and Vincent, 19 miles southeast of Las Vegas on US 93 there are many old mines that produced lode gold.


In Bunkerville, 5 miles southwest of Mesquite on a road south of US 91, is the Copper King District. The Bunkerville, Great Eastern and Key West mines all produced a by product of gold from copper / silver operations. South of Bunkerville 30 miles on dirt roads, at Gold Butte, there are many more mines that produced lode gold.


Goodsprings is 8 miles northwest of Jean on the interstate, in the southwest part of the county. The gold region is in an area of several hundred square miles in the South Spring Mountain Range. The Goodsprings (Yellow Pine) district produced a total of 58,815 ounces of lode gold from 1856 to 1959. Area mines, especially the Keystone, Boss and Clementine produced gold as a by product of lead-silver-zinc mining. The Potosi Mine was first in operation, but a poor producer of lode gold.

Just got the following update from Mr. Bady - thanks for the correction!

Goodsprings distrct the BOSS MINE not BASS had Assays in 1927 went as high as 111 oz gold 99oz platinum 16 oz palladium per ton . The ore was designated "PLUMBOJURASSIC" due to copper(532000lbs)


REF 1991 Durga and Silver Hill


Southeast of Jean 15 miles to Sunset (Lyons), there are many old small mines.


Southwest of Moapa 3 miles, in Muddy River, in a large area in the sand deposits you can find some very fine particles of placer gold.


About 20 miles north by northeast of Searchlight or 22 miles south of Boulder City on US 95 and Route 60, is an area about 6 miles wide and 12 miles long in the north part of the Opal Mountains, is the Eldorado district. This district produced 101,729 ounces of lode gold after its discovery in 1957. It produced 168 ounces from placer deposits in the area dry creek beds and benches. The Eldorado and Colorado Mines were the largest producers and the Eldorado-Rand, Techatticup, Crown Queen, Wall Street, Mocking Bird, Rambler, Rover and Flagstaff mines all produced lode gold.


The Searchlight district produced 246,997 ounces of lode gold and 26 ounces of placer gold from 1902-1959. The area mines, especially the Duplex and Quartzite lode mines were good producers. All the area stream gravels have placer gold. If you go west 10 miles on Route 68, to Crescent, about 6 miles east of Nipton, California, then 3 miles east by southeast and just south of Crescent Peak on area mine dumps gold is being found.

St. Thomas

Southeast of St. Thomas 24 miles, in the south end of the Virgin Range and 7 miles east of the Virgin River is the location of many dry wash placers. You will find fine gold in large amounts of black sand.

Douglas County Nevada

by Tom Ashworth

On the extreme east side of Douglas County, is the Buckskin district, which extends across the Pine Nut Mountains and can be reached north form Wellington in Lyon County. There are many area mines. The Buckskin Mine produced lode gold. 2.5 miles northeast of the Buckskin Mine, in the stream gravels is the Ambassador placers in a dry ravine about .5 miles along a tributary of Spring Canyon. This area was extensively hydralicked for placer gold. One mile southeast of the Ambassador, on an alluvial fan sloping toward Artesia, is the Guild-Bovard placers, well worked and still produces gold the size of bird shot. In the extreme southeast corner of the county is the old camp of Silver Glance and in the south end of Pine Nut Mountains, in area of Topaz Lake, the old camp of Mountain House (Holbrook, Pine Nut). Many old mines in this area.


Gardnerville is the center of the Eagle District. The area mines produced lode gold in diorite and mines in the lake sediments. Southeast of Gardnerville 4 miles, in Red Canyon, is the Silver Lake Camp which produced a by product of gold. East by southeast of Gardnerville, about 18 miles, on Mount Siegel, in the area streams you can find placer gold and platinum.


West of Genoa or Mormon Station on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada range there are many old mines that produced lode gold. In the Tertiary gravel deposits you can find minor placer gold occurances. In the regional stream gravels, in Triassic sediments intruded by Cretaceous granite you can find placer gold.


East of Minden 20 miles, on the north side of Mount Siegel, in the Pine Nut Range at an elevation of 7,100 feet, is the Mount Siegel placers. These placers cover 2,440 acres. All watercourse gravels in large depressions in the mountains contain placer gold. Sometimes this gold can be large. Concentrate on the ravines or on a hard clay false bedrock. Along Pinto, Dudley and Black Horse Gulches are the principle placer areas for placer gold.

Elko County Nevada

by Tom Ashworth

Lode mines have produced 554,737 ounces of gold and placers have produced 6,450 ounces of gold in Elko County between 1903 and 1959.


The Carlin Mine was discovered in 1965 by geophysical prospecting and it is the largest gold mine discovered since 1910. No regional surfaces show gold. Recoverable gold is finely disseminated and the mine works on a gross value based on volume. The gold runs about .3 ounces to the ton of rock.


95 miles north by northeast of Elko via dirt roads, reached from North Fork on Route 51 you can find placer gold in all watercourse, bench, and terrace gravels.


On US 93 just south of the Idaho line, is Contact. There are many area mines, The Kit Carson, Porter, Salmon River that produced copper, with a by product of gold.


In the southeast part of the county on US 95 you will find Currie. Southeast of Currie by 8 miles, is the old camp of Kinsley. In Kinsley the mines produced a by product of gold.

Deep Creek

Deep Creek is located 68 miles north by northwest of Elko on Route 11. North of Deep Creek by 10 miles on the west slope of the Centennial Range is the Edgemont district. This district produced about $1,000,000 before 1907 in gold. The old camp of Aura had many mines, The Bull Run, Columbia and Lucky Girl mines all were big lode producers. The area gravel deposits contain placer gold. The old camp of Cornucopia had many lode mines in the area of Lime Mountain, 80 miles north of Elko.


55 miles north of Deeth, on south side of the Jarbridge Mountains, especially south side of Copper Mountain, is the location of the rich Charleston (Copper Mountain, Cornwall) district. 4 miles north of camp on 76 Creek, near base of Copper Mountain, rich placers were discovered in 1876. The placer were worked heavily. Between 76 Creek and the Bruneau River, in Pennsylvania and Union gulches, Dry Ravine and Badger Creek, there are many placers worked in the early days. All along the Bruneau River for many miles, all stream, bench and terrace gravel deposits contain placer gold.


5 miles northwest of Elko is the old camp of Good Hope. Many mines in this area had gold showings. West of Elko 10 miles, in the Burner Hills is the old camp of Burner. Near Burner, area mines had minor by products of gold. South by Southwest of Elko by 27 miles, 12 miles southeast of Palisade by dirt roads, area mines produced a by product of gold. Northwest of Elko 28 miles by poor roads is the old camp of Merrimac (Lone Mountain) which had area mines producing gold.


Jarbridge is a ghost town in the north part of the county. Jarbridge district produced 217,800 ounces of lode gold from 1904-1959. The are mines produced native gold, electrum and silver.


Midas is in the west side of the county on Route 18 and 35 miles west of Tuscarora. The Gold Circle District (gold-silver) produced 109,765 ounces of lode gold and 45 ounces of placer gold from 1907-1958. Southwest of Midas is the Gold Circle and Summit Mines. Both were major producers of lode gold. The Elko Prince Mine produced placer gold.

Mountain City

Mountain City district is in the North Central part of the county, 75 miles north of Elko, in northeast part of the Centennial Range on the North Fork Fork the Owyhee River and 1.5 miles east of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation 15 miles south of the Idaho Line. For the entire length of the Owyhee River, gravel, bench and terrace deposits contain placer gold. North on Van Duzer Creek, the Van Duzer District and many old mines as well. The Cope and The Van Duzer Mines were chief producers. Along Van Duzer Creek the area was worked by hydraulicking. You can still find dust and nuggets in Van Duzer Creek in abundance. North of that along Grasshopper Gulch was some rich placers as well. Southeast to Island Mountain, is the Gold Creek Mine. All area watercourses, benches, and terraces are very rich in placer gold. This is the most prominent area in Nevada to prospect for placer gold. 8 miles north of Gold Creek, in the Alder district, area mines contain lode gold. Southwest 20 miles, the Aura District, in Bull Run Basin, extensively worked for placer gold.


Rowland is located about 30 miles northeast of Mountain City and 12 miles northwest of Jarbridge. This is the heart of the Gold Basin district. Area copper mines produced a by product of gold. All the area watercourse, bench and terrace gravels have been worked for years for its rich placer gold. Along the North Fork of the Bruneau River, small gravel deposits yield placer gold. South 10 miles in Tennessee Gulch, is the Alder District. 1/2 mile north of the Baker Ranch on Gold Run Creek you can find some rich placer ground.


The Tuscarora district is in the west central part of the county on route 18 about 42 miles east of Midas and 50 miles northwest of Elko, near the headwaters of South Fork of the Owyhee River. Area mines, especially the Dexter and Grand Prize mines produced a lot of gold. The regional watercourse, bench and terrace gravels contain rich placer gold. Many large nuggets were found. West of Tuscarora 1.5 miles is the Harris Placers which were rich placers worked by Chinese. Along Review Gulch there were rich placers as well. Northwest of Tuscarora 8 miles at the head of Dry Creek large nuggets were found in the old days.

Humboldt County Nevada

by Tom Ashworth

Pine Forest Range

Reported By: Greg Birkenfeld

At the south end of the Pine Forest Mountain range there is a small creek that I do not know the name of that is on Frenchy Montero's Ranch behind his house. This stream has produced placer gold in the past. There are also two lode mines in the Pine Forest Range: The Ashdown; The Homer Vern. There is a production amount for the Ashdown mine.

Major Mines in Nevada

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