Chief, Churchill, Clark, Clarkdale 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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Chief District


Other Names: Caliente, Cobalt, Panaca

County: Lincoln

Discovered: 1870

Organized: 1870

Commodities: gold, silver, lead, copper, vanadium


The Chief district is located on the southeastern tip of the Chief Range about 8 miles north of Caliente. The district is centered in the northwest quarter of T3S, R67E; Averett (1962) listed Cobalt and Panaca as alternate names for Chief.


Whitehill, 1873, p. 98; Angel, 1881, p. 484; Hill, 1912, p. 216; Lincoln, 1923, p. 118; Stoddard, 1932, p. 51; Callaghan, 1936, p. 5; Averett, 1962, p. 25; Tschanz and Pampeyan, 1970, p. 163

Churchill District


Other Names:

County: Lyon

Commodities: tungsten, clay, diatomite


Located on the east side of Stretch (1867) placed the district on the east border of Storey County, in the vicinity of the military post. DeGroot (1863) used the name Fort Churchill for the district.


DeGroot, 1863; Stretch, 1867, p. 68; Stoddard, 1932, p. 56; Stoddard and Carpenter, 1950, p.75;Moore,1969,p.24;StagerandTingley,1988, p.111

Clark District


Other Names: Derby, Clark-Derby, Rainbow

County: Storey

Discovered: 1904

Commodities: diatomite, mercury, gold, silver


Located in the northern Virginia Range, south of the Truckee River in the vicinity of Clark Station. Paher (1970) said gold was discovered at Derby in the fall of 1904. Metallic production was recorded in 1915 from the Ethel property.


U.S. Geological Survey, 1915, p. 651; Stoddard and Carpenter, 1950, p. 51; Bonham, 1969, p. 102; Paher, 1970, p. 37; Tingley, 1990, p.44

Clarkdale District


Other Names: Tolicha, Yellowgold

County: Nye

Discovered: 1931

Active: 1931-1940

Commodities: gold, silver


Located about 5 miles east of U.S. Highway 95 in the ridges and hills north of Tolicha Wash. Most of the mine workings are located at the Clarkdale Mine, and in the vicinity of the Yellow Gold Mine. This district is commonly included in the adjacent Tolicha district.


The Nevada State Journal, Jan. 19, 1947; Kral, 1951, p. 166; Cornwall, 1972, p. 41; Bonham, 1976, 1980; Tingley and others, 1997, p. 7-59

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