Yerington Mountain Copper Company (Nevada)

Yerington Mountain Copper Company (Nevada)
Item# 1699


Stock Certificate, issued/uncanceled
Union Litho Co., San Francisco
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The Yerington Mining District is located in Lyon County, Nevada. Copper was found in the Yerington District very early in history of Nevada, in 1865. A number of copper veins were mined around Yerington. Many of these mines were of a type called skarn, in which hot fluids from a granitic type rock change limestones into ore. Often skarns contain very interesting minerals. In the Yerington area, skarns are found with garnet and epidote. Copper in these mines is found in the mineral chalcopyrite.

Until 1940, the district produced over 17 million dollars, chiefly in copper. However, a very large and important copper mining company, Anaconda, began exploring the granitic rocks next to the town of Yerington. In 1953, Anaconda produced copper at its mill in the town of Weed Heights, adjacent to Yerington. Between 1953 and 1965, Anaconda produced 803,224,674 pounds of copper, worth $255,154,480. The Yerington pit is now idle, filling with water. But another copper mining company, Arimetco, is operating the MacArthur pit, afew miles north of Yerington. The town of Yerington has been a ranching and farming center, as well as a mining town. It never depended entirely on copper mining, and it never became a ghost town.

In 1894, the town of Yerington, Nevada, was established near the Walker River in Mason Valley in the east-central portion of Lyon County, Nevada. Before being named for Henry Marvin Yerington, superintendent of the former Virginia and Truckee (V&T;) Railroad, this community had been known by several other names including Greenfield, Willow Switch, Pizen Switch, and originally Poison. The initial name originated in recognition of a saloon owned by a Mr. Downey, who manufactured his own unique brand of liquor from frequently questionable ingredients. In 1894, community leaders wanted to attract a spur of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad and changed the name of the town again, this time to honor Henry Marvin Yerington, the railroad's superintendent.NV-Nevada Mining and Related Mining-Nevada Copper Mining Mining Scene

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