Alder (Tennessee Gulch) District

Publication Info:
Nevada Mining Districts (Compiled Reports)
The Districts Described in This Section are from the following publications:

Mining Districts of Nevada - Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Report 47 (updated 1998); Placer Gold Deposits of Nevada - USGS Bulletin 1356 (1973)

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Other Names: Tennessee Gulch, Tennessee Mountain

County: Elko

Discovered: 1869

Organized: 1870

Commodities: tungsten, silver, gold, lead, copper, molybdenum, uranium


The Alder, or Tennessee Gulch district, is about 10 miles south of Rowland. Most prospecting has been in T46N, R56E. The original district included both Tennessee Gulch and Lost Gulch placer areas. Tungsten deposits on the upper slopes of Tennessee Mountain are considered to be in the Alder district, but prospects on the lower slopes of Tennessee Mountain are in the adjacent Island Mountain district.


Stoddard, 1932, p. 28; Vanderburg, 1936a, p. 71; Gianella, 1945, p. 36; Granger and others, 1957, p. 26; Garside, 1973, p. 43; Bonham, 1976; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 49; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 25

Placer District Description

Before 1900 placer deposits were worked along Gold Run Creek and Tennessee Gulch (T. 45 N., R. 56 E.) in the hills north of Island Mountain on the east side of Meadow Creek. No record of placer production exists.


Engineering and Mining Journal, 1897a: Reports placer claims adjacent to Sunset group of lode claims in Tennessee Gulch.

Vanderburg, 1936a: Notes past placer-mining activity in Gold Run Creek.

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