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Butterfield Marsh Nevada

Butterfield Marsh Nevada

Butterfield Marsh Nevada Overview

Butterfield Marsh was a mining district in Nye County, Nevada.

Other names known could have been Currant, Railroad Valley, and Railroad Valley Marsh.

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Year Established/Founded

Butterfield Marsh Nevada History

Kral (1951) included Railroad Valley (Butterfield) Marsh in a large Currant district along with Silverton to the west and Currant, along the White Pine county line.

Papke used the name Railroad Valley for the marsh.

According to Mineral Resources of Nye County:

  • Butterfield Marsh is often regarded as a separate mining district; however, it is here included with the Currant district due to its proximity.
  • Butterfield Marsh is in the lowest portion of the valley and has an area of 40 square miles.
  • Butterfield Marsh is commonly covered with a thin crust of salt and toward its north end are irregular salt pans where the salt incrustation is thicker, and from which the production has come. 

I found this lead in an old newspaper that we are trying to find more information about Butterfield Ranch’s history and its proximity to the mining district. I have found references that it was in Elko County but found other references that there is a Butterfield Ranch in Nye County. The two counties are too far apart for it to be the same ranch that was part of a county line change. We are still digging and will update you as we find new information. 

Returns from this precinct were received in this place on Wednesday last. The returns are dated at Butterfield’s Ranch, Salt Marah Precinct, while the polls were opened and held at Howell’s mill, a distance of twenty miles from the point designated by the County Commissioners for holding the polls. [Gold Hill Daily News – Gold Hill, Nevada – 19 Nov 1868, Thu • Page 2]


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Sodium carbonate, potash, and sodium chloride


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The Population of Butterfield Marsh Nevada

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Butterfield Marsh lies between the Grant and Pancake ranges [Mineral Resources of Nye County]

The image below shows the location of the Currant Mining District, which is nearby or part of the same district.

GPS Coordinates

38°28’47.8″N 115°40’25.1″W

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References Used

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  • Tingley, Joseph V., Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Report 47 – Mining Districts of Nevada, page 45
  • Kral, Victor E., (Jan 1951), Mineral Resources of Nye County, pages 48 – 50

Butterfield Marsh Nevada