The Vail Placer Mine is a gold mine located in Lander county, Nevada at an elevation of 5,600 feet.
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Elevation: 5,600 Feet (1,707 Meters)
Lat, Long: 40.61889, -117.05000
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Vail Placer Mine MRDS details
Primary: Vail Placer Mine
Secondary: Acacia-Hawkeye Group
District: Battle Mountain District
Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.
Owner Name: Pacific Placers
Years: 1940 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1915
Discovery Year: 1913
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
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, TERRACES
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Holocene
Analytical Data: AVG. 890
Analytical Data: GOLD FINENESS RANGED FROM 86 TO 915
Comment (Location): IN VAIL CANYON FOR A 1 1/2 MILE STRETCH
Comment (Production): TOTAL PRODUCTION FOR 1915-1942. LARGEST NUGGET FOUND WEIGHED 3 OZ.
Comment (Development): ORIGINALLY LOCATED AS LODE CLAIMS BUT MAIN PRODUCTION WAS FROM PLACER OPERATIONS 18 UNPATENTED CLAIMS. 1938-1940, PACIFIC PLACERS OPERATED A DRAG-LINE DREDGE, HAMPERED BY SCARCITY OF WATER.
Comment (Deposit): PLACER DEPOSIT
Comment (Workings): SHAFTS, OPEN CUTS, CONNECTING DRIFTS ALONG BEDROCK
Comment (Geology): LARGEST NUGGET FOUND WEIGHED 3 OUNCES. AVERAGE DEPTH OF ALLUVIUM IS 10 FEET. PRINCIPAL CONCENTRATION OF GOLD WAS ON BEDROCK. MANY GRAINS OF GOLD CONTAINED QUARTZ & HAD NOT MOVED FAR FROM ITS SOURCE. NUGGETS OF AN OUNCE OR MORE WERE FAIRLY COMMON.
Comment (Deposit): THE PLACER GOLD WAS DERIVED MAINLY FROM LOCAL SOURCES AND WAS CONCENTRATED DURING EROSION OF THE SOURCE VEINS. ORIGINALLY, THE CLAIMS IN VAIL CANYON WERE LOCATED FOR LODE DEPOSITS, BUT MAIN PRODUCTION WAS FROM PLACERS DISCOVERED IN 1913 BY JASPER VAIL. HE LEASED OUT HTE CLAIMS FOR A 20% ROYALTY. DEVELOPMENT IN 1938 COSISTED OF SEVERAL HUNDRED SHAFTS AND OPEN CUTS, 5 TO 30 FEET DEEP. SOME WERE INTERCONNECTED BY DRIFTS DRIVEN ALONG BEDROCK. PROPERTY CONSISTS OF 18 UNPATENTED CLAIMS. IN 1938-1940, PACIFIC PLACERS OPERATED A DRAG-LINE DREDGE, WHOSE OPERATIONS WERE HAMPERED BY A SCARCITY OF WATER ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Reference (Deposit): VANDERBURG, W.O., 1939, RECONNAISSANCE OF MINING DISTRICTS IN LANDER CO., NEV; USBM INF. CIRC. 7043
Reference (Deposit): ROBERTS, R.J. AND ARNOLD, D.C., 1965, ORE DEPOSITS OF THE ANTLER PEAK QUADRANGLE, HUMBOLDT AND LANDER COUNTIES, NEVADA: U.S.G.S. PROF. PAPER 459-B.
Reference (Production): ROBERTS, R.J. AND ARNOLD, D.C., 1965.
Reference (Deposit): STEWART, J.H., MCKEE, E.H., AND STAGER, H.K., 1977, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA: NBMG BULL. 88
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.