Chase, Cherry Creek 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

Chase District


Other Names: Copper Mountain, Cornwall, Cornwall Basin, Mardis

County: Elko

Discovered: 1876

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

Discovered: 1872

Organized: 1872

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.

Topographic Maps

Ely 2-degree sheet. Army Map Service.

Geologic Maps

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.

Production History

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.

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