Other Names: Copper Mountain, Cornwall, Cornwall Basin, Mardis
Commodities: gold, copper, silver, antimony, lead, zinc, tungsten, uranium, barite
The Charleston district includes the drainage area of the Bruneau River and its tributaries from Dry Creek, 1.5 miles south of Charleston, to Coon Creek, about 11 miles to the north. First organized as Mardis in 1876 to cover placers on 76 Creek in the vicinity of Copper Mountain, the district also included placers in Pennsylvania Gulch, Union Gulch, Dry Ravine, and Badger Creek. The town of Charleston was founded 4 miles south of the placers.
Hill, 1912, p. 204; Lincoln, 1923, p. 39; Stoddard, 1932, p. 29; Lotz, 1934, p. 18; Gianella, 1945, p. 37; Granger and others, 1957, p. 32; Garside, 1973, p. 42; Smith 1976, p. 35; Papke, 1984, p. 43; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 54; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 56
Cherry Creek District
Other Names: Egan Canyon, Gold Canyon
County: White Pine
Commodities: silver, gold, lead, copper, zinc, tungsten, antimony, coal, fluorspar, beryllium
The district extends from Cherry Creek Canyon in the south end of the Cherry Creek Range to north of Paris Ranch Canyon. The Gold Canyon (Egan Canyon) district, located in Egan Canyon about 5 miles to the south, was formerly included in the Cherry Creek district. Butte Valley, to the west, is also sometimes included in the Cherry Creek district.
Whitehill, 1875 p. 88, 1877, p. 164; Angel, 1881, p. 657; Lincoln 1923, p. 242; Stoddard, 1932, p. 86; Lawrence, 1963, p. 227; Griffiths, 1964, p. 72-73; Hose and others, 1976, p. 47; Schilling, 1976; Papke, 1979, p. 66; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 207
Cherry Creek Placer District Description
Northern Egan Range, T. 23 N., R. 62 E.
Ely 2-degree sheet. Army Map Service.
Hose and Blake, 1970, Geologic map of White Pine County, Nevada, scale 1:250,000.
From Ely, 44 miles north on U.S. Highway 93 to junction with State Highway 35; Cherry Creek is at the terminus of State Highway 35, 8 miles west of U.S. Highway 93. From Cherry Creek, Egan Canyon is reached by dirt roads leading 3 miles south.
Placer gold occurs in the gravels along Egan Canyon (center T. 23 N., R. 62 E.), but the exact location of the deposits is not known.
Placer gold was known in the canyon before 1916. A small production was recorded for 1932..
The sources of the placer gold are veins in the vicinity of Egan Canyon. These veins are of two types—free gold in quartz veins and silver-gold base-metal veins.
Hill, 1916: Notes presence of placer gold in Egan Canyon; does not describe occurrence.