Ellendale, Ellison, Ellsworth, Ely Springs, Eureka 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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Other Names: Salisbury Wells

County: Nye

Discovered: 1909

Active: 1909-1915, 1938-1939

Commodities: gold, silver, copper, titanium, barite


Located in the southern end of the Monitor Range about 31 miles east of Tonopah. The district is mainly in the small portion of the Monitor Range lying to the south of U.S. Highway 6. Beal (1963) used the Salisbury Wells name for titanium occurrences in Salisbury Wash, north of Highway 6 and north of the main Ellendale district.


Stuart, 1909, p. 92; Lincoln, 1923, p. 167; Stoddard, 1932, p. 66; Kral, 1951, p. 54; Beal, 1963, p. 21

Ellendale Placer District Description

Placer gold was recovered from the Ellendale district in 1935. This imall district is located in the hills of the southern Monitor Range east of >aulsbury Wash (variously spelled Salisbury Wash). Small mines scattered throughout this area (Tps. 2 and 3 N., Rs. 46 and 47 E.) were worked or gold in rhyolite.


Krai, 1951.

Ellison District


Other Names: Sawmill Canyon, Lund

County: White Pine

Active: 1937-48

Commodities: copper, fluorspar, lead, zinc, silver, gold, molybdenum, uranium


Located about 7 miles east of Preston, at Sawmill Canyon in the southern Egan Range.


Garside, 1973, p. 108; Hose and others, 1976, p. 53; Tingley and Bentz, 1983

Ellsworth District


Other Names: Marble Falls, Mammoth, Paradise Range

County: Nye

Organized: 1863

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


The Ellsworth district is located in the northern Paradise Range about 10 miles northeast of the town of Gabbs. The district includes Germany and Marble Falls Canyons on the west side of the range and extends to the east to include the area of Ellsworth and Flagstaff Canyons in the central and eastern parts of the range. Originally organized as the Mammoth district, it included the camps of Marble Falls and Ellsworth.

Lincoln (1923) included Ellsworth in the Lodi district, centered west of Ellsworth. Kral (1951) included Ellsworth in his larger Mammoth district, along with the present Gabbs district and southern parts of the Paradise Range.


Stretch, 1867, p. 58; White, 1869, p. 60; Whitehill, 1873, p. 108; Whitehill, 1877, p. 109; Kral, 1951, p. 102; Bonham, 1976; Jones, 1984; Kleinhampl and Ziony, 1984, p. 91; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 139

Ely Springs District


Other Names: Lone Mountain

County: Lincoln

Commodities: silver, zinc, lead, gold


The Ely Springs district is on the west side of the Ely Springs Range, about 13 miles west of Pioche. Both Hill (1912) and Stoddard (1932) used the name Lone Mountain for this district.


Hill, 1912, p. 218; Stoddard, 1932, p. 54; Tschanz and Pampeyan, 1970, p. 173; Bonham, 1976

Eureka District


Other Names: Prospect, Ruby Hill, Secret Canyon, Spring Valley, Sierra, Pinto, Silverado

County: Eureka

Discovered: 1864

Commodities: silver, lead, gold, copper, zinc, molybdenum, iron, arsenic, antimony, uranium, beryllium, titanium


Located on the north slope of the northern Fish Creek Range in T18-19N, R53E. The Secret Canyon area is 7.5 miles south of Eureka, in a deep valley on the southern slope of Prospect Mountain; it was first called Sierra district, then Secret Valley district, and finally, Secret Canyon. Sierra area is located about 8 miles south of Eureka, a short distance south of Secret Canyon.

Spring Valley area is situated in the Spring Valley, or Prospect, Range of mountains, about 12 miles south of Eureka and joins the main Eureka district on the south.


Stretch, 1867, p. 102; White, 1869, p. 50; White, 1871, p. 54; Wheeler, 1872, p. 37; Whitehill, 1873, p. 67, 79; Angel, 1881, p. 429, 436; Hill, 1912, p. 211; Lincoln, 1923, p. 88; Stoddard, 1932, p. 42; Vanderburg, 1938b, p. 29; Beal, 1963, p. 15; Lawrence, 1963, p. 70; Griffiths, 1964, p. 72-73; Roberts and others, 1967, p. 74; Garside, 1973, p. 55

Eureka Placer District Description

A small amount of placer gold was recovered from bench gravel at the north end of the town of Eureka (T. 19 N., R. 53 E) in 1937. The district is predominantly a silver district and probably does not contain appreciable amounts of placer gold. Production of 411 ounces of placer gold erroneously attributed to the Eureka district for 1941 was shown by the U.S. Bureau of Mines to have been actually recovered from the Lynn district.


Nolan, 1962.

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