Mountain House, Mountain View, Mountain Wells 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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Mountain House District


Other Names: Holbrook, Pine Nut, Eagle, Mammoth Eagle, Sulphur Spring

County: Douglas

Discovered: 1864

Commodities: gold, silver, lead, copper, iron, tungsten


Located 10 miles east of Double Springs Station, on the old Aurora road. The historic Pine Nut district was located in this area in 1864. The General Land Office 1866 map included the Mountain House area in the Eagle district along with the Red Canyon and Gardnerville districts. The district has been known as Mountain House or Holbrook since the 1920s.


Territorial Enterprise, July 14, 1860, 3:2; General Land Office, 1866; Whitehill, 1875, p. 18; Lincoln, 1923, p. 35; Stoddard, 1932, p. 28, 56; Gianella, 1945, p. 34; Overton, 1947, p. 29; Moore, 1969, p. 30; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 48

Mountain House Placer District Description

A few ounces of placer gold have been recovered intermittently from placers in the southern Pine Nut Range in western Douglas County (T. 10 N., Rs. 21 and 22 E.). The source of the gold is unknown.


Overton, 1947: Describes lode deposits of district.

Mountain View District


Other Names: Granite, Reservation, Walker River, Penrod, Schurz

County: Mineral

Discovered: 1908

Commodities: copper, gold, silver, lead, tungsten, antimony, gypsum


Located in the Wassuk Range, on the western shore of Walker Lake, north of the historic Walker Lake district. Mountain View includes Penrod Canyon on the south and extends to the northern tip of the range, west of Schurz. The 1866 map placed this district south of Wellington, east of the Walker River. The gypsum occurrence is on the western edge of district, in the area between Mountain View and the adjacent Yerington district.


General Land Office, 1866; Stretch, 1867, p. 39; Hill, 1912, p. 207; U.S. Geological Survey, 1909, p. 407 and 1915, p. 643; Lincoln, 1923, p. 146; Stoddard, 1932, p. 60; Vanderburg, 1937a, p. 44; Ross, 1961, p. 83; Lawrence, 1963, p. 124; Papke, 1987, p. 22; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 117

Mountain Wells District


Other Names: Mountain Well, La Plata, Chloride

County: Churchill

Discovered: 1860

Commodities: silver, tungsten, fluorspar, molybdenum


The Mountain Wells district is on the eastern slope of the Stillwater Range and includes mainly the area of La Plata and Cottonwood Canyons, east draining canyons that lead into Fairview Valley.


Stretch, 1867, p. 29; White, 1869, p. 86; Angel, 1881, p. 366; Lincoln, 1923, p. 8; Stoddard, 1932, p. 22; Vanderburg, 1940, p. 38; Schrader, 1947, p. 299; Willden and Speed, 1974, p. 80; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 33

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