Cedar Spring, Chalk Mountain, Charleston (Clark County) 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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Cedar Spring District


Other Names: Cedar Pass

County: Nye

Discovered: 1904-05 (?)

Active: 1904-05 to 1910; 1934

Commodities: silver, gold


Located in the Kawich Range east of Cedar Pass.


Hall, 1981, p. 30; Tingley and others, 1997, p. 7-109

Chalk Mountain District


Other Names:

County: Churchill

Commodities: lead, silver, gold, molybdenum, vanadium


The district encompasses Chalk Mountain, lying north of U.S. Highway 50 on the east side of Dixie Valley.


Stoddard, 1932, p. 19; Gianella, 1945, p. 12; Vanderburg, 1940, p. 17; Schrader, 1947, p. 115; Willden and Speed, 1974, p. 64

Charleston District


Other Names: Timber Mountain, Wheeler, Amber Mountain

County: Clark

Discovered: 1869

Commodities: lead, zinc, silver, gypsum


This district is located on the eastern flank of the Spring Mountains east of Charleston Peak and about 35 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Charleston was originally included in the 30-mile-square Timber Mountain district which joined the Yellow Pine district on the north. The Wheeler district was organized in the same area sometime around 1875. Both names were in use in 1881, but by the 1930s the name Charleston came into use for the general area.

Averett (1962) stated the Wheeler area was later incorporated into the Goodsprings (Yellowpine) district, to the south. Hewett (1931) mentioned an Amber Mountain district, some 30 miles northwest of Las Vegas, which would have been in the vicinity of Lucky Strike Canyon. The Lucky Strike area was also probably the site of the North mines, discovered by Mormons in April 1856. The North mines may have been the site of the first Mormon mining activity, predating by a few weeks the discovery of the Potosi Mine (A. McLane, oral commun. 1992)


White, 1871, p. 103; Wheeler, 1872, p. 52; Whitehill, 1873, p. 96; Whitehill, 1877, p. 89; Angel, 1881, p. 486; Hewett, 1931, p. 70; Stoddard, 1932, p. 23; Gianella, 1945, p. 23; Averett, 1962, p. 98; Longwell and others, 1965, p. 144; Papke, 1987, p. 10

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