Mineral Hill, Moapa, Modarelli-Frenchie Creek, Montezuma 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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Mineral Hill District


Other Names: Cascade

County: Eureka

Discovered: 1868

Organized: 1869

Commodities: silver, lead, zinc, copper, gold, antimony, molybdenum


The district is at Mineral Hill, a ridge extending from the western slope of the Sulphur Spring Range. Stretch (1867) and Todd and Welton (1866) placed a Cascade district in the general vicinity of the present Mineral Hill district.


Todd and Welton, 1866; Stretch, 1867, p. 98; White, 1871, p. 55; Wheeler, 1872, p. 35; Whitehill, 1873, p. 22; Angel, 1881, p. 435; Hill, 1912, p. 211; Lincoln, 1923, p. 95; Stoddard, 1932, p. 43; Vanderburg, 1838b, p. 51; Lawrence, 1963, p. 69; Roberts and others, 1967, p. 98

Moapa District


Other Names: North Muddy Mountains, Big Muddy, Riley

County: Clark

Discovered: 1919

Commodities: gypsum, magnesite, silica, uranium


The Moapa district includes the North Muddy Mountains . The Riley district, described by Averett (1962) as being west of Logandale, was the site of a week-long gold rush in 1893.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 22; Lotz, 1934, p. 17; Vanderburg, 1937b, p. 56; Averett, 1962, p.70, 83; Garside, 1973, p. 22; Tingley, 1989c, p. 6

Moapa (Muddy River) Placer District Description

In 1912 and 1932, small amounts of placer gold were recovered from the Logan and Muddy River (Moapa) districts. These districts (in T. 15 S., Rs. 66 and 67 E.) are along the Muddy River, a major tributary to the Colorado River. In 1931 very fine placer gold was discovered in bottom-land gravels along the Muddy River, 3 miles southwest of Moapa, but the deposit was considered to be uneconomic.

The gold recovered from the Logan district (Logandale is 8 miles southeast of Moapa) probably came from the Muddy River gravels, although the Logan district may be synonomous with the Bunkerville or Gold Butte (20 miles east of Logandale).


Nolan, 1936a: Reports placer bullion shipped from Logan district; questions location.

Vanderburg, 1936a: Describes placer deposits near Moapa; reports uneconomic concentration.

Modarelli-Frenchie Creek District


Other Names: Modarelli, Frenchie Creek, Amarilla, Cortez Mountains area

County: Eureka

Discovered: 1903

Commodities: iron


Located in the Cortez Mountains, southeast of Frenchie Creek about 22 miles south of Palisade. Originally named Modarelli for the Modarelli (Amarilla) iron mine. The district was included in a larger Cortez Mountains area by Shawe and others (1962). The Modarelli-Frenchie Creek name was used by Roberts and others (1967).


Gianella, 1945, p. 63; Shawe and others, 1962, p. 86; Roberts and others, 1967, p. 99; Wong, 1982, table 1

Montezuma District


County: Esmeralda

Discovered: 1867

Organized: 1867

Commodities: silver, lead, gold, copper, mercury


Montezuma is located 7 miles west of Goldfield, on and around Montezuma Peak at the northern end of the Montezuma Range.


White, 1871, p. 88; Whitehill, 1873, p. 40; Angel, 1881, p. 417; Hill, 1912, p. 208; Lincoln, 1923, p. 78; Stoddard, 1932, p. 40; Bailey and Phoenix, 1944, p. 76; Gianella, 1945, p. 58; Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 70

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