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Goodsprings Mining District (1856-1957)

Goodsprings Mining District

Goodsprings Mining District Overview

Named for cattleman Joseph Good, Goodsprings Mining District got its start in 1856, when Mormons began work at the Potosí mine.

Mining reached its peak in 1916 when Goodsprings had 800 residents.

Category

  • LDS
  • Mining
  • Ranching/Farming

Marker Type

Blue marker

Nevada Historical Marker Number

Goodsprings Mining District is Nevada Historical Marker #102.

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County

Clark County, Nevada

GPS Coordinates

35.172087, -114.710797

Nevada Historical Marker Transcription

Ore deposits readily recognized in the faulted and folded limestone deposits of this district remained unworked until 1856, when Mormons began work at Potosí, establishing perhaps the oldest underground mine in Nevada.

Named for cattleman Joseph Good, the open springs area was developed into the mining-ranching community of Goodsprings by A.G. Campbell.

With completion of the Los Angeles-Salt Lake Railroad in 1905 and the narrow-gauge Yellow Pine Railroad from Jean to Goodsprings in 1911, transportation costs of the local oxidized zinc minerals were reduced.  The peak year of operations was reached in 1916 when Goodsprings had 800 residents.

This district, with the greatest variety of minerals in Nevada, produced a total of $25 million, primarily in lead and zinc, with lesser amounts of gold, silver, copper, molybdenum, vanadium, nickel, cobalt, platinum, palladium, and uranium.

STATE HISTORICAL MARKER No. 102

STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE

SOUTHERN NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Goodsprings Mining District