Wilson, Wilsons, Windypah, Winnemucca, Wonder 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

Wilson District


Other Names: Wilson’s, Pine Grove, Rockland, Cambridge

County: Lyon

Discovered: 1865

Organized: 1866

Commodities: gold, silver, lead, zinc, tungsten, molybdenum, iron, titanium


This district includes all of the Pine Grove Hills and the Cambridge Hills, and lies between the East Walker River and the West Walker River. Either Wilson’s or Pine Grove was the original name; in 1871, Wilson was said to have been organized from a portion of the Pine Grove district. Rockland, in the next canyon south of Pine Grove, and Cambridge to the east along the East Walker River, are included in the present Wilson district.


Stretch, 1867, p. 40; White, 1869, p. 89; Whitehill, 1873, p. 32; Angel, 1881, p. 417; Hill, 1912, p. 209; Lincoln, 1923, p. 148; Stoddard, 1932, p. 60; Stoddard and Carpenter, 1950, p. 95; Beal, 1963, p. 17; Moore, 1969, p. 28; Bonham, 1976; Stager and Tingley, 1988, p. 113

Wilsons District


Other Names: Old Wilson, Wilsons Camp, Trappmans

County: Nye

Discovered: 1904

Commodities: gold, silver


The district is located at the north end of the Trappman Hills. Ball (1906, 1907) described two separate districts in the Trappman Hills, Trappmans Camp in the central part and Wilsons Camp on the north end of the hills. Hill (1912) combined both areas into a large Trappmans district. Kral (1951) and Cornwall (1972) also combined both areas into one district, but used the name Wilsons for the area.


Ball, 1906, p. 69; Ball, 1907, p. 139; Hill, 1912, p. 224; Lincoln, 1923, p. 198; Stoddard, 1932, p. 74; Kral, 1951, p. 217; Cornwall, 1972, p. 41; Bonham, 1976, Tingley and others, 1997, p. 7-105

Windypah District


Other Names: Fesler

County: Esmeralda

Discovered: 1903

Commodities: gold, silver, lead, tungsten


Located in the southwestern Silver Peak Range in the Oasis Divide area, about 6 miles northeast of the California state line. The original district name was Windypah. Locations were made by J. E. Fesier.


Hill, 1912, p. 210; Stoddard, 1932, p. 37; Albers and Stewart, 1972, p. 72; Stager and Tingley,1988, p.70

Winnemucca District


Other Names: Winnemucca Mountain, Barrett Springs, Ten Mile

County: Humboldt

Discovered: 1863

Commodities: gold, silver, lead, copper, bentonite, mercury


Located on the flanks of Winnemucca Mountain, north of Winnemucca. The Barrett Springs section, to the west between Winnemucca Mountain and the Krum Hills, and the Ten Mile section, in the Krum Hills, are sometimes included in the Winnemucca district. Both of these areas are now considered to be within the Ten Mile district.


Stretch, 1867, p. 55; Whitehill, 1873, p. 51; Angel, 1881, p. 453; Hill, 1912, p. 215; Lincoln, 1923, p. 105; Stoddard, 1932, p. 48; Vanderburg, 1938a, p. 51; Bailey and Phoenix, 1944, p. 108; Willden, 1964, tables 8, 9; Bonham, 1976

Winnemucca Placer District Description

This district is a loosely defined district that includes the Blue Mountains, Krum Hills, and Winnemucca Mountain, north of the Humboldt River and south of the Slumbering Hills and Santa Rosa Range. Small gold-silver-base-metal veins occur over this wide area, and some of these veins have been worked as small lode mines. Most of the mines are found at various locations in T. 36 N., Rs. 35-38 E. The small intermittent production probably resulted from the work of individual miners placering gravels near some of the veins.


Willden, 1964.

Wonder District


Other Names: Hercules

County: Churchill

Discovered: 1906

Organized: 1906

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


The Wonder district is located in the Louderback Mountains about 15 miles north of U.S. Highway 50. The district includes the townsites of Wonder, Victor, Kingston, Red Top, Hercules, and the surrounding mining areas. Lincoln (1923) reported zinc production but no lead.


Stuart, 1909, p. 109; Hill, 1912, p. 200; Lincoln, 1923, p. 14; Stoddard, 1932, p. 23; Vanderburg, 1940, p. 54; Schrader, 1947, p. 24; Shamberger, 1974, p. 3-7; Willden and Speed, 1974, p. 88; Schilling, 1976; Papke, 1979, p. 17, 19

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