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Morning Star Mine. Nelson, Nevada.
No USGS report on record.
Primary Mining: Gold?
Secondary Mining: Unknown
Morning Star Mine is located South East of Las Vegas, Nevada. Nearest town is Nelson, Nevada. Primary mining in the area included: gold, silver, lead, copper and zinc.
The only official record of the Morning Star Mine was found in the USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) under the entity ID Number: 849394 . I was unable to locate any USGS Mineral Resource Data System Record.
Gold was found throughout the Nelson area and we can only assume that is what motivated this mine. There was an obvious ore seam cleared from a thrust fault. Tailings suggested any gold was removed from galena which was abundant.
There were two open portals that appeared to have depth, but the clear fault fractures and dry clay host rock was crumbling and unsafe. It's not a mine we'll be exploring internally.
Throughout the area are stone walls which divided into rooms. Possibly storage or housing. Being so close to a grated trail, it's an easy hike for families to enjoy. Avoid the open portals and it's a safe, short hike. It would make a nice waypoint on your way to the river.
I highly recommend Montana Wash in the summer. During the week, it's very private with a nice shallow shelf bay perfect for wading and children. 35°42'4.33"N 114°42'19.46"W
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