Silver Camel Mine

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Silver Camel Mine was in the Sulphur Mining District.

The Annual Report of the Nevada State Inspector of Mines (1921) stated:

"Nevada Sulphur Co leasing to Red River Lumber Co... Sulphur... Sulphur"

"Silver Camel M & D Co leased... Sulphur... Sulphur, gold " [1]

Vanderburg (1938) writes: "The silver deposits occur at the south end of the sulphur deposits a short distance from a place called the Devil's Corral, a natural amphitheater formed by highly colored rocks. The principal property in the early days was the Silver Camel mine, which is reported to have produced $100,000 in high-grade silver ore from 1908 to about 1312, principally by lessees. In recent years the only mining has been done by James Brown of Sulphur, Nev., on the Hornsilver claim."

"Development consists of a number of trenches and shallow shafts totaling about 1,500 feet. The deepest shaft is 95 feet deep. There is no equipment on the ground, and all mining in former years was done by hand methods."

"The silver occurs as cerargyrite (hornsilver) in narrow seams varying from a fraction of an inch up to 4 inches in width. No ore was found at a depth greater than 20 feet from the surface. An adit driven 300 feet to tap the ore zone at depth, but it did not disclose anything of importance. The deposits are unusual in that the narrow seams of cerargyrite occur in a cemented conglomerate."[2]

Vanderburg writes "Probably the metal found by [Hardin City | Hardin] was a specimen of hornsilver float from the Silver Camel mine near Sulphur." (p. 9).

Bonham (1985) refers to Vanderburg and states that probably $100,000 of ore was removed between 1908 and 1915[3].

References

  1. "Report of the State Inspector of Mines," p. 31, 1922"
  2. W. O. Vanderburg, "Reconnaissance of mining districts in Humboldt county, Nevada," U. S. Bureau of Mines 6995, p. 20, 1938.
  3. H.F. Bonham, Jr., L.J. Garside, R.B. Jones, K.G. Papke, J.Quade, and J.V. Tingle, "OF1985-03: A mineral inventory of the Paradise-Denio -- and Sonoma-Gerlach Resource Areas, Winnemucca District, Nevada," p. 171, 1985