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Goodsprings District- Argentena Mill

Clark County

AKA: Yellow Pine District; Argenta; Argentina

The Argentena Mine is located a substantial distance above the mill. I have not hiked to the actual mine. Discoveries were made at this location by Campbell and Thomas as early as 1887. Vanadium was shipped from this location in 1919. By the end of the year, it was taken over by the Vanadium and Alloy Corporation. Fred Piehl obtained the location under lease and began work here in 1926. The 60- ton cyanide mill was built in 1927 by the Argentena Consolidated Mining Company. An extensive tramway was built from the mine to the mill. Zinc was the primary commodity mined here. This was followed by Lead, Vanadium, Copper, Gold and Silver. USGS lists the first year of production as 1930. The USGS shows production records for 1930, 1931, 1944, 1945 and 1946. The owner was listed as the Argentena Consolidated Mining company of California in 1954. The operator was listed as Complex Metals Corporation of Nevada in 1960. The mine was shut down in 1946 and permanently closed in 1962. Post 20th century production included 915 tons of zinc, 289 tons of lead, 19,664 ounces of silver, 6,260 pounds of copper, 405 pounds of vanadium and 33 ounces of gold.

Sources: Goodsprings Nevada (By: Alan H. Patera); Mines of Clark County (By: William O. Vanderburg); USGS MRDS Argentena Report 10197786; nvexpeditions- Argentena Mill (Website).

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