Ferguson Spring, Fish Creek, Fish Lake Valley, Fitting, Fluorine 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)

Table of Contents

Ferguson Spring District


Other Names: Allegheny, Alleghany

County: Elko

Discovered: 1914

Commodities: copper, silver, lead, zinc


The Ferguson Spring district covers Ferguson Mountain, an isolated peak east of the Goshute Mountains, and part of Ferguson Flat, south of the peak. The original district name was Allegheny.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 45; Stoddard, 1932, p. 31; Gianella, 1945, p. 41; Granger and others, 1957, p. 63; Smith, 1976, p. 67; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 97

Fish Creek District


Other Names: Keystone, Gibellini

County: Eureka

Discovered: 1871

Organized: 1871

Commodities: gold, silver, lead, zinc, tungsten, molybdenum, fluorspar, barite


Located about 18 miles south of Spring Valley in the southern Mahogany Hills and west-facing slope of the northern Fish Creek Range. Referred to by Lotz (1934) as the Keystone district. The district sometimes includes the Gibellini Mine area in the southern Fish Creek Range in southern Eureka and northern Nye Counties; Gibellini is considered to be a separate district.


Whitehill, 1873, p. 79; Angel, 1881, p. 435; Lotz, 1934, p. 19; Vanderburg, 1938b, 48; Roberts and others, 1967, p. 85; Jones, 1984; Papke, 1984, table 3; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 72

Fish Lake Valley District


Other Names: White Mountain, White Mountains, Cottonwood

County: Esmeralda

Discovered: 1916

Commodities: mercury, antimony


The district covers the eastern slope of the northern White Mountains extending from Sugarloaf Peak south to the vicinity of Chiatovich Creek, and extends east to include northern Fish Lake Valley and a portion of the southern Volcanic Hills. The map of 1866 includes the Fish Lake Valley district in a larger White Mountain district. The northwestern area near Sugarloaf Peak is sometimes included in the adjacent Buena Vista district.

The historic Cottonwood district covered this district as well as the Fish Lake Marsh district and part of the Red Mountain district to the east. According to the Territorial Enterprise (1866), the north half of the Cottonwood district was overlapped by the Independence district, and Cottonwood was on the west slope of Red Mountain. Stretch (1867) said the Cottonwood district boundaries began 1.5 miles north of Fish Lake Valley and extended west to the summit of the White Mountains.


General Land Office, 1866; Territorial Enterprise, July 4, 1866, 1:3; Stretch, 1867, p. 41, 44; Bailey and Phoenix, 1944, p. 66; Gianella, 1945, p. 53; Lawrence, 1963, p. 64, Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 66

Fitting District


Other Names: Acme, Kincaid, Kinkaid, Ryan Canyon, Gillis and Gabbs Valley Ranges

County: Mineral

Commodities: silver, gold, lead, copper, tungsten, iron, uranium, thorium and rare earths, barite, montmorillonite clay, andalusite, corundum


The Fitting district covers the southeastern Gillis Range and a small portion of the Gabbs Valley Range. It is about 6 miles from Thorne siding, north of Acme and Kinkaid sidings, and extends northwest to include the Ryan Canyon area. Fitting is included within the larger Gillis and Gabbs Valley Ranges area of Garside (1973).


Lincoln, 1923, p. 143; Stoddard, 1932, p. 57, 61; Vanderburg, 1937a, p. 30; Ross, 1961, p. 81; Papke, 1970, p. 24; Garside, 1973, p. 78; Wong, 1982, table 1; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 115

Fluorine District


County: Lincoln

Organized: 1909


A mining district organized near Pioche in 1909, the exact location is unknown.


Averett, 1962, p. 42

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