Nevada is well known as the top U.S. producer of lode gold, but did you know Nevada also has placer gold deposits?
Some of Nevada’s largest placer districts have produced hundreds of thousands of ounces of gold and silver, including some very large nuggets. In Osceola, one of the worlds largest gold nuggets, said to have weighed 23 pounds, was found using a pick and shovel. The Osceola district has been continuously mined since 1877 and is still in production by several small operators today. Other smaller districts have long been forgotten and others are waiting to be rediscovered and worked using modern methods.
The placer gold districts of Nevada vary widely in the amount of recorded historical production. Some districts are well known early producers, others recorded only a few ounces and were quickly abandoned for better ground elsewhere. Several of these districts had good showings of gold, but were uneconomical to work due to the lack of water in the area to use for processing. Out of all the placer gold districts of Nevada, very few of them have been worked to their full potential. What opportunities lie quietly today in the gravels of the Silver State?
Placer gold districts of Nevada
The following list includes all of the districts, sorted by county, that are included in our map. Major districts are in bold:
Churchill County: Eagleville
Clark County: Eldorado, Moapa
Douglas County: Buckskin, Genoa, Mount Siegel
Elko County: Alder, Aura, Charleston, Gold Basin, Island Mountain, Mountain City, Van Duzer, Tuscarora
Esmeralda County: Klondyke, Tule Canyon, Pigeon Springs, Tokop
Eureka County: Lynn, Maggie Creek
Humboldt County: Gold Run, Paradise Valley, Rebel Creek, Kings River, Varyville, Dutch Flat
Lander County: Battle Mountain, Steiner Canyon, Tenabo, Iowa Canyon, Mud Springs
Lyon County: Gold Canyon, Yerington
Mineral County: Hawthorne, Pine Grove, Rawhide
Nye County: Beatty, Carrara, Cloverdale, Johnie, Manhattan, Round Mountain, Union
Pershing County: Placerites, Rabbit Hole, Rochester, Rosebud, Sacramento Canyon, Sawtooth, Sierra, South American Canyon, Spring Valley, Unionville, Weaver Canyon
Washoe County: Little Valley, Peavine, Olinghouse
White Pine County: Bald Mountain, Osceola
There are several other minor placer gold districts of Nevada and many sub-districts that are not included in this map. All twelve of the major districts are included.
Have you found a district that you are interested in prospecting and claiming? Learn how to stake mining claims in our article here.
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