Silverhorn, Silverton, Skookum, Sloan, Snake 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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Silverhorn District


Other Names: Fairview

County: Lincoln

Discovered: 1882

Commodities: silver, nickel, perlite


This district is located on the southeast side of the Fairview Range, northwest of Bristol Pass. The eastern part of the district, on the southeast side of the range, is sometimes referred to as the Fairview district.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 127; Stoddard, 1932, p. 55; Gianella, 1945, p. 100; Averett, 1962, p. 88; Tschanz and Pampeyan, 1970, p. 176

Silverton District


Other Names: Currant, Pancake Range mining area

County: Nye

Commodities: silver, antimony


The Silverton district is confined to the area of the Silverton Mine at Black Rock Summit in the southern Pancake Range. Silverton was included by Kral (1951) in the large Currant district which extended east into White Pine County, and by Kleinhampl and Ziony (1984) in the large Pancake Range mining area which extended from Silverton north to the Brown Summit area.


Kral, 1951, p. 47, 49; Lawrence, 1963, p. 149; Bonham, 1976; Kleinhampl and Ziony, 1984, p. 161

Skookum District


Other Names: Gweenah

County: Lander

Discovered: 1907

Commodities: silver, gold, lead, zinc


Located in low rolling hills in the area of Vigus Butte, west of Reese River, about 8 miles northwest of Austin. The district includes the site of the camp of Skookum and of Gweenah, a camp located about 2 miles to the north of Skookum.


U.S. Geological Survey, 1907, p. 363; Hill, 1912, p. 216, and 1915, p. 92; Lincoln, 1923, p. 117; Stoddard, 1932, p. 51; Vanderburg, 1939, p. 79; Stewart and others, 1977, p. 95

Sloan District


Other Names: Jean

County: Clark

Commodities: limestone, dolomite, silica sand, uranium, vanadium


The Sloan district is located near Sloan siding on Union Pacific Railroad south of Las Vegas. Jean is adjacent to Jean siding, southwest of Sloan. These areas have been considered to be separate districts but they are now combined into one large district.


Lincoln, 1923, p. 27; Stoddard, 1932, p. 26; Vanderburg, 1937b, p. 53, 78; Gianella, 1945, p. 28; Garside, 1973, p. 23

Snake District


Other Names: Bonita, Camp Bonita, Snake Valley

County: White Pine

Discovered: 1869

Commodities: tungsten, lead, copper, silver


The district is in the Camp Bonita area and includes the drainages of Snake and Baker Creeks on the east slope of the Snake Range south of Lehman Caves. The district extends from the crest of the range, between Wheeler Peak and Baker Peak, to the eastern base of the range.


White, 1871, p. 84; Whitehill, 1875, p. 77; Angel, 1881, p. 657; Lincoln, 1923, p. 255; Stoddard, 1932, p. 89; Hose and others, 1976, p. 77; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 230

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