Silver King, Silver Peak, Silver Star, Silverbow 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

Silver King District


Other Names: Sunnyside (Nye County)

County: Lincoln

Discovered: 1874

Organized: 1874

Commodities: silver, lead, gold, copper


The Silver King district includes a small area near Silver King Well on the west side of the southern Schell Creek Range (historic Lake Valley Range) in T7N, R62E, 16 miles northwest of Bristol, Lincoln County, and about 12 miles southeast of Sunnyside, Nye County.


Angel, 1881, p. 485; Lotz, 1934, p. 22; Averett, 1962, p. 88; Tschanz and Pampeyan, 1970, p. 175

Silver Peak District


Other Names: Mineral Ridge, Red Mountain, Argentite, Minnesota

County: Esmeralda

Discovered: 1864

Organized: 1864

Commodities: silver, gold, lead


Located mostly northeast of Silver Peak. Discovered and organized slightly later (1864) than the adjacent Red Mountain district (1863). Albers and Stewart (1972) included both Silver Peak and Red Mountain in their Silver Peak district. Argentite is an alternate name for the Red Mountain portion of the district. Stretch (1867) described a Minnesota district that was located “southeast of Columbus and north of Silver Peak” which was probably in the area of Minnesota Spring on the north edge of Silver Peak.


Stretch, 1867, p. 41, 42; White, 1869,p. 96, and 1871, p. 106; Angel, 1881, p. 418; Hill, 1912, p. 209; Lincoln, 1923, p. 81; Stoddard, 1932, p. 40; Gianella, 1945, p. 59; Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 71

Silver Star District


Other Names: Gold Range, Mina, Excelsior, Camp Douglas, Marietta, Black Mountain

County: Mineral

Discovered: 1866

Commodities: tungsten, silver, lead, copper, gold, uranium, antimony, montmorillonite clay, manganese, beryllium


The Silver Star district lies between Garfield Flat on the northwest and Soda Springs Valley on the east and southeast, and includes the area on the north and south slopes of Thunder Mountain and Silver Dyke Canyon. Silver Star was included in a large Excelsior district on the General Land Office 1866 map. The area was known as Marietta in 1879. The Silver Star district of Lincoln (1923) included the Gold Range, or Mina, district on the northeast, near the town of Mina, and the Marietta or Black Mountain district on the southwest, in the vicinity of Marietta.

The present Silver Star district is confined to the northeastern section of the old district, including the Gold Range-Mina area around Camp Douglas. Marietta is considered to be a separate district. The Silver Star district also includes prospects near Sodaville, along the east flank of the Excelsior Range.


Stretch, 1867, p. 41; General Land Office, 1866; Whitehill, 1879, p. 25; Hill, 1912, p. 209; Lincoln, 1923, p. 154; Stoddard, 1932, p. 61; Vanderburg, 1937a, p. 71; Ross, 1961, 84; Lawrence, 1963, p. 117; Griffiths, 1964, p. 72-73; Papke, 1970, p. 26; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 129

Silver Star Placer District Description

Placer gold was recovered from the Big Dyke claim in the Silver Star district (Tps. 4-6 N., Rs. 32-34 E.). The district covers a large area in the Excelsior Mountains in southern Mineral County, and contains gold-silver veins with some tungsten. Free gold is found in brecciated and hydrothermally altered andesites in the eastern part of Gamp Douglas area in the Silver Star district (T. 6 N., R. 34 E.).


Ross, 1961.

Silverbow District


Other Names: Silver Bow, Breen Creek

County: Nye

Discovered: 1904

Commodities: silver, gold


Silverbow is located on the west flank of the Kawich Range in the vicinity of Silverbow Springs south of Kawich.


Ball, 1905, p. 65, and 1907, p. 109; Stuart, 1909, p. 92; Hill, 1912, p. 223; Lincoln, 1923, p. 182; Stoddard, 1932, p. 71; Kral, 1951, p. 161; Cornwall, 1972, p. 40; Bonham, 1976

Page 1 of 1