Table Mountain, Talapoosa, Taylor, Tecoma 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

Table Mountain District


Other Names: Boyer, Cottonwood Canyon, Bolivia, Dixie Valley, Cornish Camp, Dixie Marsh, Marvel, Copper Kettle, Corral Canyon, Pine Woods, Silver Hill

County: Churchill, Pershing

Discovered: 1861

Commodities: copper, nickel, cobalt, mercury, silver, lead, antimony, gold, tungsten, fluorspar, kaolin, gypsum, arsenic, titanium


Located on the slopes of Table Mountain, at the northern end of the Stillwater Range. The Cottonwood Canyon area, on the east side of the Stillwater Range, was originally known as the Bolivia district. The Boyer area is to the south and Cornish Camp is to the north, extending to the northwest side of Table Mountain. Vanderburg (1940) included all of the Table Mountain area on both sides of the range, including the separate Dixie Valley (Marvel), Dixie Marsh, Copper Kettle, and Corral Canyon areas in a large Table Mountain district.

The 1880 map shows a Pine Woods district located in this area, and Table Mountain is within the large Silver Hill district of DeGroot (1863).


DeGroot, 1863; Whitehill, 1873, p. 54; Whitehill, 1879, p. 65; Stuart, 1909, p. 122; Hill, 1912, p. 199; Lincoln, 1923, p. 11; Stoddard, 1932, p. 22; Lotz, 1934, p. 17; Ferguson, 1939, p. 7; Vanderburg, 1940, p. 45; Schrader, 1947, p. 314; Beal, 1963, p. 9; Lawrence, 1963, p. 192; La Heist, 1964, p. 66; Willden and Speed, 1974, p. 82; Papke, 1979, p. 64-66; Jones, 1983; Johnson, 1977, p. 93; Papke, 1987, p. 25-26; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 193

Talapoosa District


Other Names: Knight, Dyke

County: Lyon

Discovered: 1863

Commodities: gold, silver, mercury, copper


The district covers a small area of the eastern Virginia Range about 3 miles northwest of Silver Springs and 3 miles east of the Ramsey district. The Knight district, described in the Gold Hill News (1863) as being located 35 miles northeast of Virginia City and 6 miles northwest of Fishers Station on the Carson River, was probably this area. The main mine at Talapoosa was the Dyke.


Gold Hill News, December 31, 1863; Stuart, 1909, p. 140; Hill, 1912, p. 219; Lincoln, 1923, p. 132; Stoddard, 1932, p. 57; Stoddard and Carpenter, 1950, p. 82; Moore, 1969, p. 24

Talapoosa Placer District Description

Gold deposits have been known in the northern end of the Virginia Range since the 1860's, but little work has been done in the district. A small placer deposit is reported to have been worked in 1922.


Stoddard and Carpenter, 1950.

Taylor District


Other Names: Ward

County: White Pine

Discovered: 1873

Organized: 1873

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


The Taylor district is in the western foothills of the Schell Creek Range about 15 miles southeast of Ely. Stoddard (1932) used Ward as an alternate name, and may have combined the Taylor district with Ward, across the valley to the west, or may have followed Hill (1912) who used Taylor as an alternate name for Ward.


Whitehill, 1875, p. 77; Whitehill, 1877, p. 172; Angel, 1881, p. 657; Lincoln, 1923, p. 255; Stoddard, 1932, p. 89; Lawrence, 1963, p. 229; La Heist, 1964, p. 66; Hose and others, 1976, p. 78

Tecoma District


County: Elko

Discovered: 1906

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


The Tecoma district is located on the Nevada-Utah state line about 13 miles northeast of Montello. The district includes an area about 4 miles square in the southern edge of the Goose Creek Hills.


Hill, 1912, p. 205; Lincoln, 1923, p. 57; Stoddard, 1932, p. 35; Gianella, 1945, p. 48; Granger and others, 1957, p. 147; Smith, 1976, p. 158; LaPointe and others, 1991, p. 209

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