Bunkerville, Burner, Butte Valley Districts

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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Bunkerville District


Other Names: Copper King, Key West, Great Eastern, Virgin Peak

County: Clark

Discovered: 1901

Active: 1901-08

Commodities: copper, gold, silver, tungsten, nickel, platinum, palladium, cobalt, beryllium, mica, gypsum, uranium, titanium


Originally organized as the Copper King district, the district is located on west side of the Virgin Mountains in the area of the Key West and Great Eastern mines. The Virgin Peak area covers the high central and eastern portion of the Virgin Mountains. All of the Virgin Mountains and Black Ridge, to the west, are included in the present Bunkerville district.


Hill, 1912, p. 201; Lincoln, 1923, p. 18; Stoddard, 1932, p. 24; Vanderburg, 1937b, p. 16; Gianella, 1945, p. 23, 27, 31; Averett, 1962, p. 97; Beal, 1963, p. 11; Longwell and others, 1965, p. 122; Garside, 1973, p. 36; Papke, 1987, p. 7; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 43; Tingley, 1989c, p. 2

Bunkerville Placer District Description

Placer gold is reported in sands and gravels in Nickel Creek (T. 15 S., R. 70 E.) and other creeks to the east of Nickel Creek, in the northern Virgin Mountains near Bunkerville Ridge. No placer production has been reported.


Beal, 1965: Reports placer gold occurrences.

Burner District


Other Names: Burner Hills

County: Elko

Active: Early 1880s to 1893

Commodities: silver, lead, zinc, arsenic


District covers the Burner Hills, an isolated group of hills about 2 by 3 miles across which rise out of the Owyhee Desert. The district is about 16 miles north of Midas and 10 miles west of Good Hope.


Emmons, 1910, p. 66-67; Lincoln, 1923, p. 38; Stoddard, 1932, p. 29; Gianella, 1945, p. 37; Granger and others, 1957, p. 30; La Heist, 1964, p. 66; Bonham, 1980; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 45

Butte Valley District


Other Names:

County: White Pine

Commodities: gold, antimony, copper


Located west of the Cherry Creek district and includes the eastern part of Butte Valley and the adjacent western portion of the Cherry Creek Range. Originally prospected for antimony, then drilled for copper, the district began gold production in 1989 (Bonham, 1990). Butte Valley is sometimes included in the Cherry Creek district.


Lawrence, 1963, p. 228-229; Tingley and Bentz, 1983; Bonham, 1990, p. 25

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