Las Vegas, Leadville, Lee 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

Las Vegas District


Other Names: Three Kids

County: Clark

Discovered: 1917

Commodities: manganese, lead, zinc, copper, gypsum


The Las Vegas district is about 16 miles southeast of the city of Las Vegas in the northern River Mountains. Lincoln (1923) included only the manganese mines in the River Mountains, east of Henderson (Three Kids is the major mine) in this district. Longwell and others (1965) enlarged the district to include the Frenchman Mountain area.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 21; Stoddard, 1932, p. 25; Vanderburg, 1937b, p. 54; Gianella, 1945, p. 28; Averett, 1962, p. 62; Longwell and others, 1965, p. 132, 146-147; Papke, 1987, p. 11-13

Las Vegas Placer District Description


Location: Along the former drainage of Las Vegas Wash, now inundated by Lake Mead, T. 21 S., R. 64 E.

Topographic Maps

Henderson 15-minute quadrangle.

Geologic Maps

Longwell, Pampeyan, Bowyer, and Roberts, 1965, Geologic map of Clark County, Nevada (pi. 1), scale 1 : 250,000.


From Las Vegas, 16 miles southeast on U.S. Highway 95 to Henderson; from Henderson, about 8 miles northeast on State High- way 41 to vicinity of Las Vegas Beach, south of Las Vegas Wash.


Unknown. A few reports indicate that gold occurred in gravels along Las Vegas Wash, a tributary to the Colorado River, now inundated by Lake Mead.

Production History

Placer gold was produced from the Las Vegas district in 1905. In 1909 the Empire Gold Dredging Co. of Los Angeles controlled 1,440 acres of placer ground in Las Vegas Wash on which they planned to install a large dredge. These plans were not implemented.




Mining World, 1909: Reports plans to dredge gold-bearing sands in Las Vegas Wash.

Leadville District


County: Washoe

Discovered: 1909

Commodities: gold, silver, lead, copper, zinc


Located about 38 miles north of Gerlach, in the vicinity of Hog Ranch Mountain. Historically, silver and lead were the main products of mines in this district; production is now gold and silver.


Hill, 1912, p. 225; Lincoln, 1923, p. 236; Stoddard, 1932, p. 83; Overton, 1947, p. 67; Bonham, 1969, p. 67

Lee District (Elko County)


Other Names: Ruby Mountain, Ruby Range

County: Elko

Discovered: 1869

Commodities: lead, zinc, copper, silver, gold, barite


Located in Long Canyon and Segunda Creek Canyon on the west side of the Ruby Range. Lee is sometimes included in large Ruby Range and Ruby Mountain Range districts.


Stoddard, 1932, p. 34; Gianella, 1945, p. 43; Granger and others, 1957, p. 104; Smith, 1976, p. 102, 146; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 148

Lee District (Nye County)


Other Names: Big Dune, Bare Mountain, Lee-Echo

County: Nye

Commodities: gold, titanium


The Lee District is located 8 miles east of Leeland (a station on old T&TRR) and west of the Big Dune (a sand dune) in the Amargosa Desert. The district covers an area of low hills in the Amargosa desert adjacent to the California-Nevada state line. Kral (1951) included this area in his Fluorine (Bare Mountain) district. The Nevada Mining Investor (1907) referred to this district as the Lee-Echo.


Nevada Mining Investor, April 1, 1907, 7:1; Hill, 1912, p. 220; Lincoln, 1923, p. 173; Stoddard, 1932, p. 32, 64; Kral, 1951, p. 60; Beal, 1963, p. 19; Cornwall, 1972, p. 38

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