Potosi Mining District

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The current Potosi Mining District in Humboldt County, Nevada is a major world-class producer of gold and includes the Pinson, Twin Creeks, Turquoise Creek and Getchell mines.[1] There was a Potosi mine in Lincoln County, Nevada.[2]
Potosi Spring 3.jpg
Ruins near Potosi Spring
Location S of Las Vegas off I-15 near Potosi Pass
Nearest city Las Vegas, Nevada
Area 9,600 acres (3,900 ha)
MPS Site
NRHP reference # 74001144
Added to NRHP November 13, 1974

The Potosi mining district, or Potosi, was an area in Clark County of southern Nevada, U.S. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes three structures.[3] The town was named after the famous silver-mining city of Potosi, Bolivia.[4]


The mines in the area produced gold, silver, zinc, platinum, copper, palladium, cobalt, nickel, and antimony.[5][6] A small amount of carnotite (a vanadium-uranium mineral) was also discovered, but not mined.[7]


The site of Potosi or Potosi Camp is at an elevation of 5,705 feet (1,739 m) above sea level.[8]

Included mines[edit]

Potosi mining district was a part of the Goodsprings Mining District and included the following mines:[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tingley, Joseph V. (1998). Mining Districts of Nevada (PDF). Bulletin 47 (2 ed.). Reno, NV: Nevada Bureau of Mine and Geology. p. 177. Archived from the original (pdf) on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  2. ^ History of the Potosi mine Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Nevada -- Clark County -- Historic districts". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Helen S. Carlson (1974) Nevada Place Names, Reno: University of Nevada Press, ISBN 0-87417-094-X, 9780874170948, p.194. Retrieved 7 December 2008
  5. ^ a b "Mines of Clark County, Nevada". ancestry.com. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  6. ^ a b "Re: Collecting near Las Vegas (lost wages) nevada". Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  7. ^ Francis Church Lincoln (1923) Mining districts and Mineral Resources of Nevada, reprinted 1982, Las Vegas: Nevada Publications, p.29-33.
  8. ^ Geographic Names Information System: Potosi (historical) Retrieved 8 December 2008.

Coordinates: 35°58′15″N 115°32′27″W / 35.97083°N 115.54083°W / 35.97083; -115.54083