Ragged Top, Railroad, Railroad Springs, Rainstorm 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

Ragged Top District


Other Names: Copper Valley

County: Pershing

Discovered: 1915

Commodities: tungsten


Located in the southern Trinity Range in the vicinity of Ragged Top Mountain. The Copper Valley district of Lincoln (1923) extended from the Pershing Churchill county line north to the vicinity of Ragged Top Mountain. This district was later divided into Ragged Top, to the north near the Ragged Top Mine, and Copper Valley, to the south on the county line.


Vanderburg, 1936b, p. 25; Johnson, 1977, p. 77; Wong, 1982, table 1; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 185

Railroad District


Other Names: Bullion, Empire City, Pine Mountain, Highland, Carlin Trend

County: Elko

Discovered: 1869

Organized: 1869

Commodities: lead, copper, silver, gold, zinc, tungsten, iron, titanium, barite, beryllium


Located in the vicinity of the camp of Bullion on Pine Mountain (Bunker Hill) in the northern Piñon Range about 15 miles south-southeast of Carlin. The original district was called Railroad, but was also known as Bullion for the mining town and as Empire City in the 1870s. The Railroad district is sometimes included in the Carlin Trend, an informal grouping of disseminated gold deposits that extends from the southern Railroad district in the Piñon Range on the southeast to Bootstrap district on the northwest.


White, 1871, p. 57; Wheeler, 1872, p. 35; Whitehill, 1873, p. 28; Hill, 1912, p. 203; Lincoln, 1923, p. 53; Stoddard, 1932, p. 33; Gianella, 1945, p. 45; Granger and others, 1957, p. 126; Shawe and others, 1962, p. 121; Griffiths, 1964, p. 72-73; Smith, 1976, p. 137; Ryneer, 1987, p. 265; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 63; Putnam and Henriques, 1991, p. 714; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 184

Railroad Springs District


County: Esmeralda

Active: 1908

Commodities: copper, gold, silver


District covers a small area in and around Railroad Springs in the eastern Palmetto Mountains.


References: Lincoln, 1923, p. 80; Stoddard, 1932, p. 40; Gianella, 1945, p. 59; Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 70

Rainstorm District


County: Nye

Discovered: 1928

Commodities: lead, silver, gold, copper


The Rainstorm district is located on the northeast side of Cockeyed Ridge, a north- west-trending ridge that forms the northeastern portion of the Halfpint Range.


Tingley and others, 1997, p. 7-148.

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