Crescent, Crow Springs, Cuprite, Currant 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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Crescent District


Other Names: Crescent Peak, New York, Timber Mountain

County: Clark

Discovered: 1894

Commodities: silver, gold, lead, copper, turquoise, molybdenum, vanadium, beryllium, thorium and rare earths, uranium, perlite


The district includes the northern New York Mountains and the southern end of the McCullough Range and is located about 12 miles west of Searchlight. Wheeler (1872) included the Crescent Peak area in the large New York district, centered on the New York Mountains in California but extending east to touch the historic Colorado district, located south of present- day Searchlight. Averett (1962) described a Timber Mountain district discovered in 1910 on “Timber Mountain 17 miles west of Searchlight” that is possibly somewhere in the Crescent Peak area.


Wheeler, 1872, p. 53; Hill, 1912, p. 201; Lincoln, 1923, p. 19; Stoddard, 1932, p. 24; Vanderburg, 1937b, p. 19; Gianella, 1945, p. 23; Averett, 1962, p. 32, 94; Gemmill, 1964, p. 235; Griffiths, 1964, p. 72-73; Longwell and others, 1965, p. 139; Garside, 1973, p. 35; Bonham, 1976

Crow Springs District


Other Names: Royston, Southern Cedar Mountains

County: Esmeralda

Commodities: turquoise, silver, lead, copper, gold, antimony, uranium, perlite


Located in the vicinity of Crow Springs and Outlaw Springs in the southern Cedar Mountains and the northeastern tip of the Monte Cristo Range, Esmeralda County. Crow Springs is sometimes included in the adjacent Royston district.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 62; Stoddard, 1932, p. 36; Gianella, 1945, p. 51; Lawrence, 1963, p. 66; Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 64; Garside, 1973, p. 47

Cuprite District


County: Esmeralda

Discovered: 1905

Commodities: copper, gold, silver, lead, mercury, silica, sulfur


Located near U.S. Highway 95 about 12 miles south of Goldfield. The district extends northeast from Mount Jackson and includes Mount Jackson Ridge and the Cuprite Hills. Metallic occurrences are mainly southwest of U.S. Highway 95; sulfur and silica deposits are east and west of the highway, in the northern part of the district.


Hill, 1912, p. 206; Lincoln, 1923, p. 63; Stoddard, 1932, p. 36; Bailey and Phoenix, 1944, p. 139; Gianella, 1945, p. 51; Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 65

Currant District


Other Names: Currant Creek, Butterfield Marsh, Railroad Valley, Railroad Valley Marsh, Silverton

County: Nye, White Pine

Discovered: 1914

Commodities: gold, lead, copper, tungsten, magnesite, uranium, fluorspar


This district encompasses the southern White Pine Range, the Horse Range, and the northernmost part of the Grant Range. Kral (1951) included Railroad Valley (Butterfield) Marsh along with Silverton, to the west, in a large Currant district. Deposits of magnesite occur in the White Pine County part of the district.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 166; Stoddard, 1932, p. 65; Kral, 1951, p. 47; Garside, 1973, p. 93; Hose and others, 1976, p. 50; Papke, 1979, p. 34; Kleinhampl and Ziony, 1984, p. 77; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 138

Currant Placer District Description

An ounce of placer gold was credited to the Currant district in 1914. The few gold properties known in this small district are located on the south flank of the White Pine Range (T. 11 N., R. 59 E.) a few miles east of the town of Currant. The Sheperd property produced gold-lead- copper ore in 1914, and it is probable that the placer gold was recovered from the vicinity of this property.


Lincoln, 1923.

Krai, 1951.

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