Leonard, Leonard Creek, Lewis, Lexington 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

Leonard District


Other Names: Sunnyside, Hot Springs, Eagleville, Rawhide

County: Elko

Discovered: 1870s

Commodities: tungsten, gold, antimony


Includes a small area south of Big Kasock Mountain in the southern Sand Springs Range. Originally known as Sunnyside for a small gold camp located east of the present Nevada Scheelite camp. Leonard also was included in the historic Hot Springs district that was located east of Rawhide and encompassed both the present Leonard and Eagleville districts. Tungsten discoveries west of Sunnyside and the development of the Leonard Mine resulted in enlarging district to west. Leonard is also sometimes included in Rawhide district.


Vanderburg, 1937a, p. 59; Schrader, 1947, p. 229; Stoddard, 1932, p. 62; Bonham, 1976

Leonard Creek District


Other Names: Snow Creek, Pine Forest, Varyville

County: Humboldt

Commodities: gold, tungsten, uranium


Located in the southern Pine Forest Range, in Leonard Creek basin and adjacent portions of the range. The district lies between Varyville on the west and Dyke on the east. Leonard Creek is sometimes included in the Varyville district.


Lotz, 1934, p. 19; Vanderburg, 1938a, p. 19; Willden, 1964, tables 20, 21; Garside, 1973, p. 59; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 76

Lewis District


Other Names: Dean, Mud Springs, Pittsburg, Elizabeth, Northern Shoshone Range

County: Lander

Discovered: 1874

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


Situated about 16 miles southeast of Battle Mountain in T29-30N, R45-46E, northern Shoshone Range. The district extends from Whiskey Canyon and Lewis Canyon to the ridge between Dean Canyon and Krum Canyon.


Territorial Enterprise, March 2, 1875; Whitehill, 1877, p. 76; Angel, 1881, p. 474; Hill, 1912, p. 215; Lincoln, 1923, p. 113; Stoddard, 1932, p. 50; Lotz, 1934, p. 20; Vanderburg, 1939, p. 59; Lawrence, 1961, p. 94; La Heist, 1964, p. 66; Stewart and others, 1977, p. 85

Lexington District


Other Names: Lexington Canyon, Shoshone

County: White Pine

Discovered: 1883

Commodities: tungsten, gold


Lexington is on the eastern slope of the southern Snake Range, and includes the watersheds of Big Wash, Lexington Creek, and Black Canyon. This area was once included in the eastern part of the Shoshone district.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 254; Hose and others, 1976, p. 56; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 219

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