Golden Arrow, Golden Gate Range, Goldfield 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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Golden Arrow District


Other Names: Blakes Camp

County: Nye

Discovered: 1905

Commodities: gold, silver


The Golden Arrow district is located on the western side of the northern Kawich Range about 40 miles southeast of Tonopah. The district covers the lower flanks of the range along the edge of Cactus Flat and includes the old camps of Golden Arrow and Blakes Camp. Blakes Camp was the original district name.


Stuart, 1909, p. 91; Hill, 1912, p. 220; Lincoln, 1923, p. 169; Stoddard, 1932, p. 67; Kral, 1951, p. 70; Cornwall, 1972, p. 37; Kleinhampl and Ziony, 1984, p. 106

Golden Gate Range District


County: Lincoln

Commodities: lead, silver


This area is located in the Golden Gate Range about 4 miles north of Murphy Gap.


Tingley, 1991, p. 11; Tingley and Castor, 1991, p. 34

Goldfield District


Other Names: Grandpa, Sandstorm, Diamondfield, Quartz Mountain

County: Esmeralda, Nye

Discovered: 1902

Organized: 1902

Commodities: gold, silver, copper, lead, arsenic


Centered on the town of Goldfield. First named Grandpa, then changed to Goldfield. The Goldfield district sometimes includes the separate Diamondfield district to the north. The Quartz Mountain area is in Nye County, about 10 miles east of Goldfield.


Stuart, 1909, p. 46; Hill, 1912, p. 206; Lincoln, 1923, p. 67; Stoddard, 1932; Gianella, 1945, p. 53; Kral, 1951, p. 72; Lawrence, 1963, p. 65; La Heist, 1964, p. 66; Cornwall, 1972, p. 38; p. 38; Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 67; Bonham, 1980; Ruetz, 1987, p. 114

Goldfield Placer District Description

Placer gold production was credited to the district for many years during the period 1909—49, but I have found no description of any placer deposit in this famous lode-gold mining district. The gold, which is very fine, occurs in late Tertiary veins that are generally not exposed at the surface. Placer gold was recovered in 1931 from erosional material from the Combination Fraction claims (sec. 1, T. 3 S., R. 42 E.). Some gold credited to placer production may have been recovered from mill tailings, which were extensively reworked.

It is also possible that placer gold production credited to the Goldfield district originated in outlying areas and was sold in, and therefore attributed to Goldfield. One probable source for the placer gold is the Klondyke district (12 miles north of Goldfield). Placer deposits are reported for this district, but no production has been credited to it.


Albers and Stewart, 1972.

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