Spruce Mountain, Staggs, Star, State Line 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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Spruce Mountain District


Other Names: Latham, Johnson

County: Elko

Discovered: 1869

Organized: 1871

Commodities: lead, silver, zinc, copper, molybdenum, tungsten, gold


The Spruce Mountain district covers the north flank and summit of Spruce Mountain and part of Spruce Mountain Ridge, to the north. The district was formed in 1871 by consolidation of the Latham, Johnson, and Steptoe districts. The Black Forest Mine is located on the east side of the district.


Whitehill, 1873, p. 24; Raymond, 1874, p. 160; Angel, 1881, p. 395; Hill, 1912, p. 205; Lincoln, 1923, p. 55; Stoddard, 1932, p. 34; Gianella, 1945, p. 47; Granger and others, 1957, p. 137; Bonham, 1976; Smith 1976, p. 151; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 64; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 202

Staggs District


Other Names: Staggs mining area; The Lava Beds

County: Pershing

Discovered: 1914

Commodities: silver, lead, gold, tungsten


The Lava Beds refer to the mountain range south of the Black Rock Desert, also known as the Pahsupp Range. The district was known as The Lava Beds in 1921; Staggs name was used for the district by Johnson (1977).


Hess and Larsen, 1922, p. 292; U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1954, p. 703; Johnson, 1977, p. 92; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 193; Tingley, 1989a, p. 12

Staggs Placer District Description

The Staggs district is in the northern Black Mountains, also known as the Bluewing Mountains, in western Pershing County. A small amount of placer gold was recovered during the period 1940-41 from a placer de- posit at the northwest end of the mountains (sec. 12, T. 29 N., R. 26 E.) The placer extends north along the major drainage from the Bluewing Mountains.

Star District


Other Names: Bloody Canyon, Santa Clara, Rye Patch, Unionville

County: Pershing

Discovered: 1861

Organized: 1861

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


Located on the east slope of the northern Humboldt Range, generally between Tehama Canyon and Coyote Canyon. The original Star district was confined to the region drained by Star Canyon, and the Santa Clara district was to the north in the Santa Clara Canyon drainage. Both historic districts are now included in the Star district. Hill (1912) also included the separate Rye Patch and Buena Vista (Unionville) districts in Star district.


General Land Office, 1866; Stretch, 1867, p. 50-51; White, 1869, p. 38; Angel, 1881, p. 452; Hill, 1912, p. 214; Lincoln, 1923, p. 219; Stoddard, 1932, p. 81; Vanderburg, 1936b, p. 44; Lawrence, 1963, p. 171; Bonham, 1976; Johnson, 1977, p. 92

State Line District


County: Washoe

Commodities: iron, uranium


Located on the eastern flanks of State Line Peak in the Fort Sage Mountains.


Tingley, 1989a, p. 13

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