Lafayette, Lake, Lake Range, Larrabee 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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Lafayette District


Other Names: Rough and Ready

County: Elko

Commodities: lead, silver, gold


This district covers the lower slopes of the southeast flank of the Wood Hills, about 4 miles northeast of Tobar. The Rough and Ready district, containing gold and silver in base- metal ores and described in the Territorial Enterprise (1870) as being located 18 miles from Humboldt Wells and 12 miles from Independence Spring and Cedar Pass stations on the railroad, probably was in this area.


Territorial Enterprise, June 17, 1870, 2:5; Stoddard, 1932, p. 32; Gianella, 1945, p. 43; Granger and others, 1957, p. 104; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 145

Lake District


Other Names: Mopung Hills

County: Churchill

Commodities: silver, antimony, lead


The Lake district includes the southwest portion of the West Humboldt Range, including the Mopung Hills.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 7; Stoddard, 1932, p. 21; Vanderburg, 1940, p. 36; Wiliden and Speed, 1974, p. 77

Lake Range District


Other Names: Big Basin, Sulphur

County: Washoe

Commodities: silver, gold, lead, zinc, copper


Located in the Lake Range between Pyramid Lake and Winnemucca Lake. The area extends generally from Big Basin on the south to Tohakum Peak on the north. Washoe County mining records locate a Sulphur district near Sulphur Spring, 10 to 12 miles northeast of Pyramid Lake; this area is possibly now included in the Lake Range district.


Bonham, 1980; Tingley, 1989a, p. 7, Washoe County mining records

Larrabee District


County: Elko, Eureka

Commodities: silver, copper, barite


Includes the drainage of Pony Creek on the west slope of the Sulphur Spring Range north of Coffin Mountain. The only recorded production has been a small amount of barite; current exploration is for gold.


Smith, 1976, p. 101; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 147

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