Johnnie Nevada Overview
Johnnie was a mining district in Nye County, Nevada.
The district was also known as Montgomery, Mount Sterling, and Timber Mountain.
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Johnnie Nevada History
This mining district is going to take us a while to research because of the fun “legend” that goes with it… the Lost Breyfogle Mine. The Breyfogle family came to the West in search of gold and supposedly Charles found the mother of all lodes but couldn’t recall where he found it. Some say that Johnnie is that mine.
From NBMG document:
The earliest recorded discovery in the district is thought to have been made around 1890 by the Montgomery party from Indian Springs, and additional load discoveries were made about 1903. The prominently outcropping quartz veins in the district were alleged to have been noted as early as 1860 by Mormon pioneers, but the inaccessibility of the area made prospecting difficult if not impossible. The district was originally named Montgomery, but between 1900-1910, gradually it became known as the Johnnie district, possibly alluding to the Indian known as Indian Johnnie who led the first recorded prospecting party to the area. The town of Johnnie was inhabited from 1905 to the 1930’s with its heyday around 1907, after which the population shifted to the Johnnie Mine. The district was reported active in 1905, with several mines and stamp mills in operation until the 1920’s. The district’s greatest period of recorded production was prior to 1920 with the district yielding up to that time well over a million dollars in both lode and placer gold.
While much lode ore was produced, the area is also known for its placer gold. Placer gold was discovered in 1921 by Walter Dryer and resulted in a second short boom for the district. Placer operations were again in effect in 1935 below the Johnnie and Congress Mines and in 1949 and the early 1960’s, below the Johnnie and Overfield Mines.
- 1890 – Possible discovery made by Montgomery party
- 1898 – New investors bought the two largest mines in the district, the Johnnie and the Congress mines, and the district was revived
- 1903 – Additional lode discoveries
- May 1905 – The Johnnie post office opened
- December 1914 – The Johnnie post office closed
- April 1916 – The Johnnie post office opened
- November 1935 – The Johnnie post office closed
- 1935 – About 20 men worked the placers in the District. Most of these were itinerant placer miners who worked only a few weeks or at most several months.
- November 1935 – Six dry washers were working in the gulches below the Congress mine.
- September 1937 – The Johnnie Mine post office
- June 1942 – The Johnnie Mine post office closed
Gold, silver, and lead.
The amount of placer gold probably did not exceed $20,000.
Unknown at this time.
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- Johnnie May 1905 – December 1914
- Johnnie April April 1916 – November 1935
- Johnnie Mine September 1937 – June 1942
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The Population of Johnnie Nevada
- 1907 – The town had a population of 300
- The 1930s – Less than 10 residents
3,000′ – 4,000′
The Johnnie district extends from the north flank of Mount Sterling, on the northwest end of the Spring Mountains, southwest to the southwestern tip of Mount Montgomery. It includes Mt. Schader, the town of Johnnie, and a small area on the northeast side of Mount Sterling sometimes considered to be the separate Mount Sterling district. Wheeler (1872) included the Johnnie area in his large Timber Mountain district which also included the Charleston district.
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Photos and Videos
The photos below are screenshots are poor quality but they are examples of dry washing.
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- Tingley, Joseph V., Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Report 47 – Mining Districts of Nevada, page 126
- Mineral Resources of Nye County
- Wikipedia – Johnnie Nevada