Dolly Varden, Don Dale, Donnelly, Duck 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)

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Dolly Varden District


Other Names: Mizpah, Granite Mountain, Granite

County: Elko

Discovered: 1869

Organized: 1872

Commodities: copper, silver, lead, zinc, gold, molybdenum, thorium and rare earths, uranium


Situated at the northern extremity of the Schell Creek Range (Dolly Varden Mountains). The original Dolly Varden district was located on the east side of the mountains; the Granite [Mountain] district was 3 miles to the west; and the Mizpah district was located to the north, near Mizpah Spring. All three areas are included in the present Dolly Varden district.


Whitehill, 1875, p. 30; Angel, 1881, p. 393-394; Hill, 1912, p. 204; Lincoln, 1923, p.42; Stoddard, 1932, p. 30; Gianella, 1945, p. 39; Granger and others, 1957, p. 50; Garside, 1973, p. 46; Smith, 1976, p. 54; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 82

Don Dale District


Other Names:

County: Lincoln

Organized: 1945

Commodities: lead, silver, copper, mercury, gold


The Don Dale district is located on the northern end of the Groom Range and includes the area generally south of State Highway 375, between Coyote Summit and the Groom district. Wheeler (1872) included all of this area in a large Tempahute district; the southwestern part of the historic district is now Don Dale, the northeastern part is Tem Piute.


Wheeler, 1872, p. 44; Tschanz and Pampeyan, 1970, p. 174; Tingley, 1991, p. 3

Donnelly District


Other Names: Gerlach, Donnely, Granite Creek

County: Humboldt

Discovered: 1910

Commodities: gold, silver


Located on the west slope of the Calico Mountains southwest of Donnelly Peak approximately 9 miles north-northeast of the southwest corner of Humboldt County. Lincoln (1923) placed this district in Washoe County, near the line between Humboldt and Washoe Counties.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 234; Stoddard, 1932, p. 83; Vanderburg, 1938a, p. 20; Carlson, 1974, p. 126; Bonham, 1980

Duck Creek District


Other Names: Success, Peacock, Enterprise, McDougal, McDugal

County: White Pine

Organized: 1869

Commodities: lead, silver, copper, zinc, gold, limestone, fire clay


The Duck Creek district is located in the Duck Creek Range, a narrow ridge lying west of the main part of the Schell Creek Range. The northern part of the district was originally known as Enterprise (1869), the southern part as McDougal. The southeastern part later was called Success. The area on the west slope of the Duck Creek Range, opposite the Ely airport, was known as Peacock.


White, 1871, p. 85; Angel, 1881, p. 653; Lincoln, 1923, p. 244; Stoddard, 1932, p. 86; Hose and others, 1976, p. 51

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