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Bird’s Nest Nevada

Bird’s Nest, a relatively obscure mining district in Nye County, Nevada, briefly emerged into the limelight in 1905 during the height of Nevada’s gold and silver rush. Located near the Stonewall Range and close to the Gold Center road, this district represents one of the many fleeting mining endeavors that dotted the state in the early 20th century.

Bird’s Nest Nevada

Bird’s Nest Nevada Overview

Bird’s Nest was a mining district in Nye County, Nevada.

Despite its brief period of activity, Bird’s Nest district garnered attention due to its promising gold and silver prospects, challenging prevailing theories about the extent of mineral-rich areas in Nevada. It was thought to potentially be part of a wider mineral belt, comparable to the well-known Goldfield district. However, the exact location and extent of Bird’s Nest remain somewhat enigmatic, adding to the mystique of Nevada’s mining history.

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Year Established/Founded

1905

Bird’s Nest Nevada History

Bird’s Nest sprang into prominence in 1905, driven by the excitement and optimism of Nevada’s mining boom. While its active period was brief, it was considered part of a broader geological narrative that suggested a vast and untapped mineral wealth extending beyond established mining districts.

Timeline

1905: Bird’s Nest district is discovered and experiences a short period of activity.

Mines

Known for gold and silver prospects, contributing to the mining excitement of the era.

Railroads

Unknown at this time.

Post Office

None

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Newspaper

None

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The Population of Bare Mountain Nevada

Unknown at this time.

Elevation

Unknown at this time.

Location

Near the Stonewall Range, east of the Gold Center road, Nye County, Nevada.

GPS Coordinates

Unknown at this time.

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Photos and Videos

The Goldfield News and Weekly Tribune – Goldfield, Nevada – 21 Apr 1905, Fri • Page 1

Bird’s Nest District

A district hitherto but little heard of, has suddenly jumped into prominence. This new camp is known as the Bird’s Nest district, located about four miles east of the Stonewall range. Less than a mile from the Gold Center road, a small area of eruptive zone has broken through the rhyolite capping. Located by Wright and Ward a year ago, little attention was paid to it owing to the prevailing excitement at Gold Center. More careful prospecting, however, disclosed the ledge to be of considerable width and containing values in free gold or 3.000 feet or more.

Mr. Inman, a well-known mining man and careful prospector, submitted lie group of claims to Messrs. Pullen and Beardsley representing a wealthy Milvaukee syndicate, and a month ago Mr. Pullen, in company with the firm’s absolute engineer, Mr. H. R. Bacon, visited the property. After a very careful sampling the entire dike, for a width of 0 feet and fully 600 feet in length, showed free gold in every pan and the croppings themselves were sprinkled with the precious metal visible to the naked eye. Assays show values from $10 to $30. Inman was not mistaken when he said he had “a good thing.” Nothing was said about it until recently and news now comes today from the miners engaged in opening up the claims that panning richer than ever are now being found.

The entire area of the mineral belt is covered by about 15 locations and is almost entirely controlled by Pullen and Beardsley and Mr. Inman. In appearance it would seem that it was an exension of the Goldfield belt. The quartz ledge is fully 20 feet in width, lies beween well defined walls of porphyry and can be traced 5,000 feet or more. It s one of the best defined fissures to be found thereabouts and everything points o another big producer. The lucky owners are to be congratulated.

Today, Bird’s Nest district remains a relatively obscure and little-documented chapter in Nevada’s extensive mining history. Its fleeting existence during the gold and silver rush of 1905 serves as a testament to the era’s fervent quest for mineral wealth and the numerous ephemeral communities that arose from it.

References Used

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  • Tingley, Joseph V., Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Report 47 – Mining Districts of Nevada
  • Newspapers.com

Bird’s Nest Nevada