Coal Mine, Coaldale, Comet, Como 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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Coal Mine District


Other Names: Coal Canyon, Coal Mine Canyon, Adobe Range, Peko Hills

County: Elko

Commodities: lead, copper, silver, zinc, oil shale, barite, phosphate


Includes both sides of Coal Mine Canyon at the northern end of the Adobe Range.


Smith, 1976, p. 38, LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 59

Coaldale District


Other Names: Emigrant Peak area

County: Esmeralda

Discovered: 1894

Commodities: coal, uranium, turquoise, variscite, lead, silver, molybdenum


Located in the northern Silver Peak Range, south of Coaldale Junction, and extending into the southern Monte Cristo Range, north of Coaldale Junction. Coal deposits are at low elevations on the north end of the Silver Peak Range. Most of the uranium-molybdenum prospects are high in the range near Emigrant Peak, west of the historic coal properties. Small deposits of turquoise, variscite, and coal are reported in the Monte Cristo Range portion of the district.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 60; Stoddard, 1932, p. 36; Gianella, 1945, p. 50; Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 64; Garside, 1973, p. 47-49; Smith and Tingley, 1983

Comet District


County: Lincoln

Discovered: 1882

Commodities: lead, silver, zinc, gold, copper, tungsten


The Comet district is located on the southwestern side of Comet Mountain on the west side of the southern Highland Range.


References: Hill, 1912, p. 217; Lincoln, 1923, p. 119; Stoddard, 1932, p. 52; Averett, 1962, p. 28; Tschanz and Pampeyan, 1970, p. 154; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 104

Como District


Other Names: Palmyra, Indian Spring, Indian Springs, Brown’s Indian Spring, Sunrise, Butte

County: Lyon

Discovered: 1860

Organized: 1860

Commodities: gold, silver


Located at the north end of the Pine Nut Mountains, extending generally from Lyon Peak on the south to the Carson River on the north. The Indian Springs district was organized in 1860. The Palmyra district, which included the towns of Palmyra and Como, was organized in 1862 in the Pine Nut Mountains 8 miles southeast of Dayton between the Sullivan (to the southwest) and Indian Springs (to the northeast) districts.

Both districts were combined in 1869. Perry (1865) showed an Indian Spring district (possibly same as Brown’s Indian Spring district) to extend southeast almost to Walker Lake and include the present Yerington district. The Sunrise area is located in T14N, R22-23E, near Como, between Dayton and Yerington on the county line. DeGroot (1863) showed a Butte district, north of Palmyra, which would be within the present Como district.


DeGroot, 1863; Perry, 1865; Stretch, 1867, p. 27; Browne, 1868, p. 328; Angel, 1881, p. 498-499; King, 1885, p. 516; Stuart, 1909, p. 141; Lincoln, 1923, p. 130; Stoddard, 1932, p. 56; Stoddard and Carpenter, 1950, p. 76; Lotz, 1934, p. 18; Moore, 1969, p. 25

Como Placer District Description

Placer deposits in the vicinity of the Como-Eureka mine (T. 15 N., R. 22 E.) in the northern Pine Nut Range were worked in 1883, but lack of water apparently inhibited development. No production directly at- tributed to this area has been recorded in the 20th century, but for many years production from this district was included with production from the Silver City district.


Burchard, 1884, p. 537.

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