Pilot Peak, Pine Wood, Pinto, Pioche 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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Pilot Peak District


Other Names: Pilot, Pilots Peak, Pilot Mountain

County: Elko

Commodities: silver, gold, copper, lead, zinc


The Pilot Peak district is located in the vicinity of Miners Canyon on the southeast flank of Pilot Peak in the Pilot Range, about 1 mile west of the state line. Carlson (1974) described the Pilot mining district as an early district which “included the mountain,” and Smith (1976) described the district as covering only the south end of the Pilot Range, south of Pilot Peak.


Carlson, 1974, p. 190; Smith, 1976, p. 133; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 181

Pine Wood District


County: Lander ?


Perry’s 1865 map showed the Pine Wood district to be located generally north of Ravenswood and southwest of Cortez.The map topography is distorted and the exact location is unknown.


Perry, 1865

Pinto District


Other Names: Silverado

County: Eureka, White Pine

Discovered: 1865

Organized: 1869

Commodities: silver, lead, copper, gold, tin


The district is north of U.S. Highway 50 and east of Pinto Summit. The eastern part of the district, mainly in White Pine County, occupies the historic Silverado district in Rescue Canyon west of Silverado Mountain, and includes the site of the old town of Silverado as well as the Alhambra Hills. The western part of the district, mainly in Eureka County, includes the historic Pinto district and the old town of Pinto.


White, 1871, p. 63; Wheeler, 1872, p. 37; Whitehill, 1873, p. 79; Angel, 1881, p. 435; Hose and others, 1976, p. 64

Pioche District


Other Names: Meadow Valley, Ely, Highland

County: Lincoln

Discovered: 1863

Organized: 1864

Commodities: silver, lead, gold, copper, zinc, manganese, iron, arsenic, vanadium


The district is centered around the Pioche Hills. Originally named Meadow Valley district, the name was changed to Ely in 1868. The district sometimes includes the Highland district to the west.


White, 1871, p. 101; Whitehill, 1873, p. 81; Angel, 1881, p. 477, 484; Hill, 1912, p. 218; Lincoln, 1923, p. 124; La Heist, 1964, p. 66; Tschanz and Pampeyan, 1970, p. 125

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