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Black Spring Nevada

Black Spring, in Nye County, Nevada, stands out in the annals of mining towns for its unique focus on mining diatomaceous earth rather than the typical gold or silver. This distinct characteristic sets it apart from the many other mining settlements in the region, underscoring the diverse mineral wealth of Nevada.

Black Spring Nevada

Black Spring Nevada Overview

Unlike its contemporaries obsessed with precious metals, Black Spring’s claim to fame was the mining of diatomaceous earth, a commodity valued for its silica content and used in products like toothpowder and dental cream. This mining town, which has also been known by various names including May, Black Springs, Cloverdale, and Republic, reflects a lesser-known aspect of Nevada’s mining history.

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Year Established/Founded

Unknown, but associated with the period of active mining in the surrounding districts.

Black Spring Nevada History

Black Spring’s history is closely tied to the extraction of diatomaceous earth, marking a departure from the typical gold and silver mining narrative in Nevada. The town’s existence was defined by this unique mining activity, contributing to the broader industrial fabric of the region.

According to Tingley, This district includes a small area near Black Spring, southwest of the Cloverdale district. The area is sometimes included in either the Republic or the Cloverdale districts.

I found a reference from 1928 of a diatomite deposit found near Black Spring.


Unknown at this time.


Primarily known for diatomaceous earth mining, notable for its high silica content and industrial applications.


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Post Office


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The Population of Black Spring Nevada

Unknown at this time.


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Near Black Spring, southwest of the Cloverdale district, Nye County, Nevada, United States

GPS Coordinates

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Today, little remains of Black Spring, with only sparse traces of its past industrial activity. The town’s unique focus on diatomaceous earth mining serves as a reminder of the diverse mineral resources that drove the development of many settlements in Nevada’s rich mining landscape.

References Used

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

Black Spring Nevada