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Coppereid Nevada

Coppereid Nevada

Coppereid Nevada Overview

Coppereid, also known as White Cloud, White Cloud City, and Silver Hill, was a mining district located in Churchill County, Nevada.

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Year Established/Founded


Coppereid Nevada History

Named for John Thomas Reid who was originally from Unionville, Pershing County, Nevada. He was a mining engineer, archaeologist, and historian.

From the 1923 publication:

The district was discovered in 1869 and a small copper smelter was in operation there about 1893. The Nevada United M. Co. under the management of J. T. Reid carried on active prospecting operations from 1893 to 1896 and shipped a little ore. For the past 10 years only assessment work has been done in the district.


  • 1869 – Copper was discovered in White Cloud Canyon but the mines did not develop and the camp was abandoned
  • The 1890s – A small smelter was set up at the mouth of the canyon
  • March 1907 – Nevada United Mining Company initiated a large-scale copper mining
  • April 8, 1907 – The post office opened along with a saloon, boarding house, and commissary.
  • June 15, 1914 – The post office closed


Copper, gold, silver, zinc, lead, and iron.

From 1923 publication

The copper ore occurs in a broad zone of mineralized limestone on the ridge S. of White Cloud Canyon, which runs E. from the contact and dips about 450N. Large outcrops of specularite and soft hematite occur carrying a little malachite and in places a litle oxidized copper ore is present. In depth the contact-metamorphic veinlets, concretions, and masses contain quartz, chalcopyrite and sphalerite, according to Ransome.

The lower part of White Cloud Canyon is in granite which has been intruded by dikes of granite porphyry and diorite porphyry. Farther up the canyon the granite appears to grade into granite porhyry which is intrusive into a sedimentary series composed of limestones, calcareous shales, and a few beds of gypsum, probably of Middle Triassic age, and has caused contact metamorphism.

Post Office

April 8, 1907 – June 15, 1914


  • John T Reid – Coppereid, Churchill, Nevada – April 8, 1907

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The Population of Coppereid Nevada

The total population was around 40 residents about 1869.



How to Get to Coppereid Nevada

From 1923 publication:

The White Cloud District is at Coppereid in White Cloud Canyon on the W. slope of the Stillwater Range in N. Churchill Co. The town of Lovelock on the S. P. R. R. is 35 m. N.W. of Coppereid. The Copper Kettle District adjoins the White Cloud District on the N., and the Shady Run District on the S. W.

GPS Coordinates

39°50′56″N 119°13′08″W

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