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El Dorado Canyon, on the Colorado River below Black Canyon, was another significant southern Nevada mining district in the 19th century. Ore was first mined in 1861 and a large mill was soon in operation by the river. Mining has continued off and on in the canyon to the present day.
Elsewhere in southern Nevada, mining was relatively unimportant in the 19th century. The old Mormon lead mine, later called the Potosi, was worked briefly for silver in 1861, and mines of the Yellow Pine District around Goodsprings produced small amounts of gold and silver. Some of these mines became important producers of lead, zinc, and other metals in the 20th century.
The mining discoveries, the
towns that quickly bloomed in the desert, and the people who prospected
and mined in Nevada have inspired stories about mining. There are
tall tales and there are true tales, and there are miners rich and poor.
Reader: Terry Sullivan
Special Collections, University of Nevada Las Vegas Library