Lida, Lime Mountain, Lincoln, Little Mountain 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

Lida District


Note: Lida and Tule Canyon districts are often described as one district, but this publication breaks them into two districts. The Placer description is included in the Tule Canyon record.

Other Names: Lida Valley, Alida, Alida Valley, Tule Canyon

County: Esmeralda

Discovered: 1871

Organized: 1871

Commodities: silver, lead, gold, copper, turquoise


Originally known as Alida or Alida Valley, the present Lida district extends from the eastern slope of Magruder Mountain to the northeast and includes the section of the Palmetto Mountains lying east of Lida. The separate Tule Canyon district was at one time considered to be part of the Lida district.


Stretch, 1867, p. 59; Whitehill, 1873, p. 41; Whitehill, 1875, p. 22; Angel, 1881, p. 416; Stuart, 1909, p. 57; Hill, 1912, p. 207; Lincoln, 1923, p. 76; Stoddard, 1932, p. 39; Gianella, 1945, p. 56; Morrissey, 1968, p. 9; Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 69

Lime Mountain District


Other Names: Deep Creek, Independence

County: Elko



Commodities: copper, silver, gold


Includes all of Lime Mountain, a ridge about 6 miles long extending northward from Deep Creek toward Bull Run Creek. Smith (1976) used Independence and Deep Creek as alternate names for this district.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 51; Stoddard, 1932, p. 32; Gianella, 1945, p. 43; Granger and others, 1957, p. 104; Smith, 1976, p. 104; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 150

Lincoln District


Other Names: St. Lawrence, Mount Washington, Mount Wheeler

County: White Pine

Discovered: 1869

Organized: 1869

Commodities: beryllium, tungsten, lead, silver, copper, fluorspar, thorium and rare earths


The Lincoln district covers the western slope of the Snake Range in the vicinity of Mount Washington and Lincoln Peak, south of Wheeler Peak. The district extends from Lincoln Canyon on the south to about Williams Canyon on the north. According to Hose and others (1976), the original district extended eastward to include areas now within the Snake and Lexington districts. The district has also been known as Mount Washington, Mount Wheeler, and St. Lawrence.


White, 1871, p. 95; Angel, 1881, p. 654; Hose and others, 1976, p. 58; Stager and Tingley,1988, p.221

Little Mountain District


Other Names: Cinnamon Bear

County: Lincoln

Commodities: copper, molybdenum, silver


Little Mountain district is in the general area north and south of Empty Mountain (Little Mountain) in the southwestern Cedar Range about 12 miles southeast of Panaca. The Cinnamon Bear district, described in the Territorial Enterprise (1873) as 20 miles southeast of Pioche, may have been in this area.


Territorial Enterprise, April 13, 1873; Tschanz and Pampeyan, 1970, p. 174

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