Sacramento, Safford, St. Thomas, San Antone 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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Sacramento District (Pershing County)


Other Names: Sacramento Canyon, Oreana

County: Pershing

Commodities: silver, lead, gold, tungsten, dumortierite, arsenic


Southernmost district on the west side of the Humboldt Range, opposite the Buena Vista and Indian districts. The Sacramento district extends between Limerick Canyon on the south and Pole Canyon on the north. The original Sacramento district also included the present Rochester district.


General Land Office, 1866; Stretch, 1867, p. 50; Whitehill, 1873, p. 59; Angel, 1881, p. 452; Lincoln, 1923, p. 215; Stoddard, 1932, p. 79; Vanderburg, 1936b, p. 34; La Heist, 1964, p. 66; Schilling, 1976; Johnson, 1977, p. 85; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 191

Sacramento District (White Pine County)


Other Names: Sacramento Pass

County: White Pine

Discovered: 1869

Organized: 1869

Commodities: tungsten, gold, silver


Located on the west slope of the Snake Range, west of Sacramento Pass and south of U.S. Highway 50.


White, 1871, p. 83; Angel, 1881, p. 656; Lincoln, 1923, p. 254; Stoddard, 1932, p. 89; Bonham, 1976; Hose and others, 1976, p. 75; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 226

Safford District


Other Names: Barth, Palisade, Cortez Mountains area, Pine Valley

County: Eureka

Discovered: 1869 (?) (1881)

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


Located in the vicinity of Barth, west of the town of Palisade in Safford and Palisade Canyons. Safford was included in the larger Cortez Mountains area of Shawe and others (1962). Schilling (1976) listed Pine Valley as an alternate name.


Emmons, 1910, p. 110; Hill, 1912, p. 211; Lincoln, 1923, p. 96; Stoddard, 1932, p. 44; Lotz, 1934, p. 19; Vanderburg, 1938b, p. 56, 59; Shawe and others, 1962, p. 86; Lawrence, 1963, p. 70; Roberts and others, 1967, p. 105; Bonham, 1976; Schilling, 1976

St. Thomas District


Other Names: Virgin River, Virgin Valley, Logan

County: Clark

Discovered: 1866

Commodities: sodium chloride, glauberite, silica sand, magnesite


The St. Thomas salt deposit is located along the Virgin River a few miles east of the town of St. Thomas. Most of the area is now submerged beneath waters of the Overton Arm of Lake Mead. Averett (1962) mentioned that St. Thomas may have been called the Logan district.


Whitehill, 1877, p. 90; Lincoln, 1923, p. 28; Vanderburg, 1937b, p. 61; Averett, 1962, p. 90, 97; Longwell and others, 1965, p. 152

San Antone District


Other Names: San Antonio, Liberty, Royston, Cimarron, Potomac, San Lorenzo

County: Nye

Discovered: 1863

Organized: 1863

Commodities: molybdenum, copper, silver, gold, lead


Located in a low range of mountains that lie across the south end of Smoky Valley. The original district name was San Antonio; San Antone was derived from the name of a stage station to the north. San Antone includes the camps of Liberty, on the west side of range, and Cimmaron, at the north end of range. The western section of the original district is now the separate Royston district.


Stretch, 1867, p. 61: White, 1869, p. 68; Whitehill, 1873, p. 107; Angel, 1881, p. 518; Lincoln, 1923, p. 181; Stoddard, 1932, p. 70; Kral, 1951, p. 157; Bonham, 1976; Hall, 1981, p. 88; Kleinhampl and Ziony, 1984, p. 182

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