Candelaria, Carico Lake, Carlin, Carson City 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)

Table of Contents

Candelaria District


Other Names: Columbus, Mineral, Belleville

County: Mineral, Esmeralda

Discovered: 1864

Organized: 1864

Commodities: silver, gold, lead, antimony, copper, nickel, variscite, turquoise, barite


Covers most of the Candelaria Hills between Miller Mountain, Little Summit, Tonopah Junction, and Columbus Marsh. All of this area was in historic Esmeralda County, but fell into Mineral County when Mineral was created from Esmeralda. The original Columbus district included all of the area between Teels Marsh, Rhodes Marsh, Fish Lake Valley, and the summit of the Monte Cristo Range. The Mineral district was annexed to the Columbus district in 1865. A townsite formed in 1875 was named Candelaria, and this name came into use for the district by 1880. The Belleville section is in T4N, R34E.


Stretch, 1867, p. 41; White, 1871, p. 108; Whitehill, 1873, p. 34; Angel, 1881, p. 414; Hill, 1912, p. 206; Lincoln, 1923, p. 141; Stoddard, 1932, p. 58; Lotz, 1934, p. 21; Vanderburg, 1937a, p. 25; Page, 1959, p. 2-11; Ross, 1961, p. 81; Lawrence, 1963, p. 115; Shamberger, 1978, p. 1-2; Papke, 1984, table 3

Carico Lake District


Other Names: Ravenswood

County: Lander

Commodities: turquoise, gold (?), manganese


Located south of Carico Lake, in the area of Red Mountain. Vanderburg (1939) included part of this area (the manganese occurrence) in the Ravenswood district.


Vanderburg, 1939, p. 61; Tingley and Smith, 1983

Carlin District


Other Names: Rain, Carlin trend

County: Elko, Eureka

Discovered: 1859

Commodities: gold, silver, diatomite, oil shale, barite, uranium, vanadium, zinc, manganese


The Carlin district covers the southern end of the Tuscarora Mountains north of the town of Carlin, and the northern end of the Piñon Range immediately south of Carlin. The southeast portion of the district, in the vicinity of the Rain Gold Mine, is sometimes referred to as the Rain subdistrict of the Carlin Trend. The Carlin Trend is an informal grouping of disseminated gold deposits that extends from the southern Railroad district in the Piñon Range on the southeast to the Bootstrap district on the northwest.


Hill, 1912, p. 203; Lincoln, 1923, p. 38; Stoddard, 1932, p. 29; Gianella, 1945, p. 37; Granger and others, 1957, p. 31; Smith, 1976, p. 32; Ryneer, 1987, p. 265; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 49; Thoreson, 1991, p. 635

Carson City District


Other Names: Carson, Bald Mountain

County: Carson City

Discovered: 1862

Commodities: gold, silver, tungsten, uranium, sandstone, cinder


The district includes the southern slope of the Virginia Range, north of Carson City, and the area of Prison Hill, south of Carson City. According to Washoe County mining records, the Bald Mountain district was located north of Carson City in the vicinity of Sugarloaf and Nine Hill in section 27, T16N, R19E; most of the old district is included in the present Carson City district.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 199; Overton, 1947, p. 40; Moore, 1969, p. 31; Garside, 1973, p. 17; Papke, 1973; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 29; Carson City mining records

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