Spruce Mountain District
Other Names: Latham, Johnson
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
Other Names: Staggs mining area; The Lava Beds
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.
Other Names: Bloody Canyon, Santa Clara, Rye Patch, Unionville
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
Commodities: iron, uranium
Located on the eastern flanks of State Line Peak in the Fort Sage Mountains.
Tingley, 1989a, p. 13