Shady Run, Sharp, Sheephead, Sherman 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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Shady Run District


Other Names: Fondaway, Silver Hill

County: Churchill

Commodities: gold, tungsten, mercury, antimony, silver, lead


Located on west side of the Stillwater Range, between Fondaway and Mill Canyons. Shady Run was within the large Silver Hill district of DeGroot (1863).


DeGroot, 1863; Stuart, 1909, p. 110; Lincoln, 1923, p. 9; Stoddard, 1932, p. 22; Vanderburg, 1940, p. 43; Schrader, 1947, p. 305, 306; Vanderburg, 1940, p. 43; Willden and Speed, 1974, p. 82; Bonham, 1976; Lawrence, 1963, p. 37; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 36

Sharp District


Other Names: Willow Creek

County: Nye

Discovered: 1918

Commodities: silver, lead


The settlement of Sharp, in the old Sharp mining district, was at the mouth of Little Cherry Creek, southeast of Adaven. The Sharp district, along with the Quinn Canyon fluorite district and the Willow Creek area on the west side of the range, was included by Kral (1951) and Kleinhampl and Ziony (1984) in a large Willow Creek district that covered most of the southern Quinn Canyon Range.


Kral, 1951, p. 212, 216; Kleinhampl and Ziony, 1984, p. 227

Sheephead District


Other Names: Alaska, Sheepshead, Buffalo, Buffalo Springs, Smoke Creek Desert area

County: Washoe

Discovered: 1865

Organized: 1867

Active: 1865-1907

Commodities: perlite, clay, zeolite, sodium chloride, sodium sulfate, gold


Located 15 miles west of Renard. Salt was produced as early as 1865 from salt works at Buffalo Springs. The Alaska district was organized in this area in 1867, covering a 10-mile square centered on “Salt Spring.”


Eastern Slope, October 12, 1867, 2:3; Hill, 1912, p. 226; Lincoln, 1923, p. 233; Stoddard, 1932, p. 84; Overton, 1947, p. 59, 85; Papke, 1969, p. 127; Papke, 1976, p. 10-11; Tingley, 1989a, p. 15

Sherman District


Other Names: Bloody Run, Santa Rosa

County: Humboldt

Discovered: 1860s; 1922

Commodities: tungsten, molybdenum, gold, silver


Located 25 miles north of Winnemucca in the Bloody Run Hills, the southeastern extension of the Santa Rosa Range. Sherman includes the China Garden area, southwest of Paradise Hill. The district was called the Santa Rosa district in the 1860s; the Sherman name came into use following discoveries in the north end of the Santa Rosa Range in 1922.


Stretch, 1867, p. 55; Stoddard, 1932, p. 47; Vanderburg, 1938a, p. 42; Bonham, 1976; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 92

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