The Natomas Placer is a gold and silver mine located in Lander county, Nevada at an elevation of 5,249 feet.
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Elevation: 5,249 Feet (1,600 Meters)
Commodity: Gold, Silver
Lat, Long: 40.51889, -117.13694
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Natomas Placer MRDS details
Primary: Natomas Placer
Secondary: Copper Canyon Placer
Secondary: Camp Dahl and Christensen
Secondary: Grand Hills Mining Co.
Secondary: Wilson Placer
Secondary: Greenan Placer
Secondary: Guy Davis
Secondary: Big Nugget
Secondary: Gold Crown
Secondary: Sunrise Fraction
District: Battle Mountain District
Land ownership: Private
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Owner Name: Natomas Co.
Years: 1955 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1911
Discovery Year: 1911
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral Not In Place
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: M
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Great Basin
Physiographic Detail: Basin And Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Placer Au-PGE
Form: BLANKET, CHANNELS, LENTICULAR SHEETS
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene
Analytical Data: FINENESS RANGED FROM 830-870, AVERAGING 860
Comment (Commodity): AU IS RELATIVELY COARSE; NUGGETS TO 5 OZ FOUND. ONE NUGGET WEIGHED ABOUT 21 OZ. UNABLE TO FIND SOURCE OF PGE DATA (1991); NO MENTION OF PGE IN LITERATURE CITED
Comment (Location): FAN AT THE MOUTH OF COPPER CANYON. LOCATION GIVEN IS PLACER MINE SYMBOL AT MID FAN NEAR CENTER SEC. 33 SHOWN ON TOPO MAP
Comment (Deposit): THIS WAS THE LARGEST PLACER OPERATION IN DISTRICT. IN 1939 CLAIMS COVERED 2,600 ACRES. ALLUVIUM IS 20-100 FT THICK WITH BEST ORE NEAR BEDROCK
Comment (Production): COMBINED PRODUCTION FOR ALL COPPER CANYON FAN PLACERS (1911-1939) IS: 35,310.44 OZ AU AND 4,862 OZ AG.
Comment (Development): NATOMAS PLACER CO. ACQUIRED J.O. GREENAN'S CLAIMS IN COPPER CANYON FAN AREA IN 1941. A DRAGLINE DREDGE MINED THE AREA 1946-1948. IN 1949, A BUCKET-LINE DREDGE OPERATED
Comment (Geology): IN UPPER PART OF FAN, HIGH-GRADE GRAVELS FORM LENTICULAR SHEET-LIKE BODIES OVERLAIN BY BARREN MATERIAL FARTHER DOWN THE FAN, THE RICHER GRAVELS ARE IN SMALL THIN LENSES SCATTERED THROUGHOUT SECTION
Comment (Workings): OPEN PIT DRAGLINE DREDGING OPERATIONS. EARLY MINING INCLUDED DRIFTING, SLUICING
Comment (Deposit): THE LARGEST PLACER OPERATION IN DISTRICT BEGAN WHEN NATOMAS CO. ACQUIRED J.O. GREEAN'S CLAIMS IN COPPER CANYON FAN AREA IN 1941. WW II INTERRUPTED OPERATIONS UNTIL 1946, WHEN A DRAG-LINE DREDGE WAS USED TO MINE GRAVELS IN UPPER PART OF FAN UNTIL 1948. IN 1949, A BUCKET-LINE DREDGE WITH A 9,000 CU YD/DAY CAPACITY WAS PUT INTO OPERATION, DREDGING UP TO 110 FT DOWN. DRILLHOLES PERMITTED PLOTTING OF GOLD DISTRIBUTION WITHIN THE FAN. DAHL AND H.C. CHRISTENSEN BEGAN DRIFT-MINING IN 1911 AND CONTINUED UNTIL 1920. IN 1932, D. WILSON TOOK OVER PROPERTY AND WORKED GOLD-BEARING GRAVELS NEAR BEDROCK. IN 1935, GRAND HILLS MINING CO, INSTALLED A MECHANICAL WASHING PLANT AND OTHER LESSEES WORKED PROPERTY WITH DWINDLING RETURNS THROUGH 1930'S, UNTIL J.O. GREENAN BOUGHT IT IN 1939. HE BEGAN A SYSTEMATIC CHURN-DRILLING PROGRAM AND PROVED A LARGE VOLUME OF GOLD-BEARING GRAVEL DOWN AND ACROSS FAN. HE SOLD PROPERTY TO NATOMAS CO. IN 1941. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Reference (Production): JOHNSON, M.G., 1973
Reference (Deposit): STAGER, H.K, 1977, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA, PART II, MINERAL DEPOSITS: NEVADA BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 88, P. 67.
Reference (Deposit): VANDERBURG, W.O., 1939, RECONNAISSANCE OF MINING DISTRICTS IN LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA: U.S. BUREAU OF MINES INFORMATION CIRCULAR 7043, P. 33-34.
Reference (Deposit): JOHNSON, M.G., 1973, PLACER GOLD DEPOSITS OF NEVADA: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 1356, P. 36-39.
Reference (Deposit): HUTTL, J.B., 1950, HOW NATOMAS KEEPS A LARGE DREDGE OPERATING IN THE DESERT: ENGINEERING AND MINING JOURNAL, V. 135, NO. 4, P. 173.
Reference (Deposit): THEODORE, T.G., AND BLAKE, D.W., 1975, GEOLOGY AND GEOCHEMISTRY OF THE COPPER CANYON PORPHYRY COPPER DEPOSIT AND SURROUNDING AREA, LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROFESSIONAL PAPER 798-B, P. B10.
Reference (Deposit): ROBERTS, R.J., AND ARNOLD, D.C, 1965; ORE DEPOSITS OF THE ANTLER PEAK QUADRANGLE, HUMBOLDT AND LANDER COUNTIES, NEVADA: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROFESSIONAL PAPER 459-B, P. B85-B86.
Nevada has a total of 368 distinct gold districts. Of the of those, just 36 are major producers with production and/or reserves of over 1,000,000 ounces, 49 have production and/or reserves of over 100,000 ounces, with the rest having less than 100,000 ounces. Read more at Gold Districts of Nevada.