Rhyolite- National Bank Mine

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Nye County

I thought it would be easier to find details on one of the bigger mines of one of the most written about ghost towns in the west. It wasn't. There is a lot of vague information about the National Bank Mine, but very little detailed information. From what I could find, it sounds like it was discovered in 1905 or 1906. This occurred when Rhyolite was still destined to become one of the great cities of the west.

These are excerpts from USGS Reports for the National Bank Mine. They also state that the Gold and Silver were primary. Uranium was tertiary.
"WORKINGS CONSIST OF ONE BULLDOZER TRENCH, A VERTICAL SHAFT 200 FT DEEP WITH TWO LEVELS."
"INTERMITTENT SMALL PRODUCTION OF ORE VARYING FROM $65 TO $463 PER TON BETWEEN 1907 AND 1909."
"A SELECT SAMPLE CONTAINED 0.021% U308. THE BEST ORE IN 1910 ASSAYED $230 PER TON."
"BEST ORE ASSAYED - 1910 - $230/TON."

From: Mines of Goldfield, Bullfrog and other Southern Nevada Districts by Ransome in 1907. He stated that the gold was not only being found in the veinlets, but also in the Rhyolite. Considerable work was being done at the 200- foot level.