The Plumas Mine is a silver and lead mine located in Lander county, Nevada at an elevation of 6,099 feet.
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Elevation: 6,099 Feet (1,859 Meters)
Commodity: Silver, Lead
Lat, Long: 40.555, -117.11750
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Plumas Mine MRDS details
Primary: Plumas Mine
Secondary: Nichlas Mine
District: Battle Mountain District
Land ownership: Private
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.
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1865
Discovery Year: 1865
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
Description: Thrust Faults
Description: Nw-Trending Fault (Plumas Fault)
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Pyritization, Silicification
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cambrian
Analytical Data: OXIDIZED ORE RAN $10-$12/TON IN GOLD IN EARLY DAYS.
Comment (Location): NEAR HEAD OF BUTTE CANYON; 1 MI. W. OF BUTTE MINE
Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: 1860'S
Comment (Production): PRODUCTION IS FOR 1919 TO 1943, AND INCLUDES 2803 LB. CU. 18 CARLOADS ORE WERE SHIPPED IN 1934.
Comment (Development): WORKED SPORADICALLY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS IN EARLY 1900'S. IN 1938, THE PROPERTY WAS UNDER LEASE TO SAN MIGUEL-NEVADA MINES, BUT WAS INACTIVE
Comment (Deposit): SHEAR ZONE CONTAINING VEINS AND DISSEMINATIONS
Comment (Workings): DRIFTS, SHAFT
Comment (Geology): SHEAR ZONE MINERALIZATION RANGES IN WIDTH FROM 3 TO 6 FEET: PEBBLE DIKE OCCURRENCE
Comment (Deposit): IT WAS DISCOVERED IN THE 1860'S AND WAS WORKED SPORADICALLY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS IN EARLY 1900'S. 18 CARLOADS OF ORE WERE SHIPPED IN 1934. PRODUCTION WAS ABOUT 800 TONS ORE AVG. $20 PER TON. IN 1938, THE PROPERTY WAS UNDER OPTION TO THE SAN-MIGUEL-NEVADA MINES, BUT WAS INACTIVE . MOST EXTENSIVE WORKINGS WERE ON THE 6100 AND 6245-FOOT LEVELS ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Reference (Deposit): STEWART, J.H., MCKEE, E.H., AND STAGER, H.K., 1977, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF LANDER COUNTY NEVADA; NEV. BUREAU OF MINES BULL. 88.
Reference (Deposit): VANDERBURG, W.O., 1939, RECONNAISSANCE OF MINING DISTRICTS IN LANDER CO., NEV: U.S.B.M. MINF. CIRC. 7043.
Reference (Deposit): HILL, J.M., 1915, SOME MINING DISTRICTS IN N.E. CALIFORNIA AND NW. NEVADA: U.S.G.S. BULL. 594
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
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.