Divide, Dixie Valley, Dobbin Summit, Dogskin Mountain 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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Divide District (Elko County)


Other Names: Rock Creek

County: Elko

Discovered: 1916

Active: 1916-1929

Commodities: silver, gold, antimony


This district is located at the head of Dry Creek, about 8 miles northwest of Tuscarora, and covers the drainage divide northeast of McCann Creek Mountain.The district is sometimes included in the adjacent Rock Creek district.


U.S. Geological Survey, 1916, p. 474; Stoddard, 1932, p. 30; Granger and others, 1957, p. 133; Lawrence, 1963, p. 54; Smith, 1976, p. 54; Bonham, 1976; Wong, 1982, table 1

Divide District (Esmeralda County)


Other Names: Gold Mountain, Gold Reef, Dutch Mountain

County: Esmeralda

Discovered: 1901

Commodities: silver, gold, lead, molybdenum


This district is at Gold Mountain, about 5 miles south of Tonopah. First known as Gold Mountain (Spurr, 1903), its name was changed to Divide following a second wave of discoveries in 1917 (Paher, 1970). Divide district was centered around the divide on the Tonopah-Goldfield road, west of Gold Mountain.

The Gold Reef district was located a few miles to the southeast, on the southeast flank of Gold Mountain; both areas are included in the present Divide district. The Nevada Miner (1902) mentions a Dutch Mountain district, located 6 miles south of Tonopah, that was probably in this area.


The Nevada Miner, Sept. 15, 1902, 15:2; Spurr, 1903, p. 87; Lincoln, 1923, p. 64; Stoddard, 1932, p. 37; Lotz, 1934, p. 19; Gianella, 1945, p. 52; Paher, 1970, Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 65; Bonham and Garside, 1979, p. 121

Dixie Valley District


Other Names: Dixie, Marvel, Silver Hill

County: Churchill

Discovered: 1907

Active: 1912-13; 1934

Commodities: gold, silver, copper, lead


Located on the east side of the Stillwater Range, near Dixie and the mouth of Gold Canyon. The townsite of Marvel was associated with first discoveries. The area was included by Vanderburg (1940) in the adjacent Table Mountain district, and is within the large Silver Hill district of DeGroot (1863).


DeGroot, 1863; Schrader, 1947, p. 318; Vanderburg, 1940, p. 48; Willden and Speed, 1974, p. 67; Bonham, 1976

Dobbin Summit District


County: Nye

Commodities: silver, gold


The district is located near Stargo Spring, northeast of Dobbin Summit in the Monitor Range.


Kleinhampl and Ziony, 1984, p. 85

Dogskin Mountain District


Other Names: Dogskin, Esmeralda, Red Rock Canyon

County: Washoe

Commodities: uranium


This area may have been included in the Dogskin district, later called Esmeralda and described by Carlson (1974) as being in the area of Freds Mountain, south of Dogskin Mountain.


Carlson, 1974, p. 175; Garside, 1973, p. 101, Wong, 1982, table 1

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