Eastern Mojave Vegetation Nevada Highway 265  

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Other articles: U. S. Highway 6 at Blair Junction U. S. Highway 95 at NV Hwy 265  

Blair Junction

  • Junction: U. S. Highway 6, east to Tonopah, or west through Montgomery Pass to Bishop.
  • Junction: U. S. Highway 95, north to Fallon or Reno, south to Las Vegas.

Other articles: Field Notes 26-May-04 Glossary monocline
Full Size ImageThe Monocline, basalt-capped fanglomerate.  

To the northeast of "The Crater" and easily accessed from the road is "The Monocline." From a distance it appears to be sediments overlain by a basalt flow. I'm not sure what makes this a monocline, as I don't see flexure in the rocks.

Other articles: Field Notes 26-May-04
Full Size ImageThe Crater, a cinder cone in Clayton Valley.  

"The Crater" is a cinder cone just beside the road.

Full Size ImagePostcard of The Crater near Blair, Nevada  
Diane Bailey sent me this image of this postcard bearing an image of the Crater, which was sent by her great uncle Erle to his sister.

Literature Cited:
- Petronis, Michael S., John W. Geissman, John S. Oldow, and William C. McIntosh, 2002.

Other articles: Field Notes 26-May-04

Locations: Mineral Ridge.  

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Mineral Ridge, as seen from Clayton Valley



Locations: Blair.  


Blair was developed by accident. Mining fever in the Tonopah boom reached out in all directions and revived many dormant mining towns. Land speculators at nearby Silver Peak bought up the land in that area and jacked the land prices so high that the 100-stamp mill planned at Silver Peak was built 1 miles west of here to become the hub of Blair. The Pittsburg-Silver Peak Gold Mining Company built the 17 -mile Silver Peak Railroad running north in 1906 and the big mill (Nevada's largest in its day) in 1907. The remnants of stone buildings and mill foundations are the only remains of a once-thriving, but short-lived, mining town. By 1920, Blair was all but deserted (Nevada Historical Marker 174).




Literature Cited:
- Barneby, Rupert C., 1977.

Other articles: William H. Shockley collecting in Nevada Field Notes 26-May-04 26-May-04 Coyote Road Silver Peak Nivloc Road Silver Peak Silver Peak Road Silver Peak

Locations: Silver Peak.  

Silver Peak

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Silver Peak
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Silver Peak
  • Silver Peak Road, east through Alkali to U. S. Highway 95, just north of Goldfield.
  • Nivloc Road
  • Coyote Road

Silver Peak is one of the oldest mining areas in Nevada. A 10-stamp mill was built in 1865, and by 1867 a 20-stamp mill was built. Mining camp lawlessness prevailed during the late sixties, and over the next 38 years, Silver Peak had its ups and downs. In 1906, the Pittsburg Silver Peak Gold Mining Company bought a group of properties, constructed the Silver Peak Railroad and built a 100- stamp mill at Blair the following year. The town, at times, was one of the leading camps of Nevada, but by 1917 it had all but disappeared. The town burned in 1948, and little happened until the Foote Mineral Company began its extraction of lithium from under the floor of Clayton Valley. Nevada Historical Marker 155.




Literature Cited

  A list of all literature cited by this web site can be found in the Bibliography.
  Barneby, Rupert C. 1977. William H. Shockley: An early day mining engineer and exceptional plant collector. Mentzelia. 3: 19. {TAS}
  Petronis, Michael S., John W. Geissman, John S. Oldow, and William C. McIntosh. 2002. Paleomagnetic and 40Ar/39Ar geochronologic data bearing on the structural evolution of the Silver Peak extensional complex, west-central Nevada. GSA Bulletin. 114(9):1108-1130.
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