Travels in the American Southwest
Round Mountain
3 miles east of junction of SR376 & SR378
Road factor/Accessibility - Smooth graded dirt
~265 miles from Las Vegas

Unusual because it's still producing: 480,430 oz. gold and 356,085 oz. silver in 1997. Back in 1906, gold in this area was found in free form (bright shiny nuggets) located in gravel beds near the surface. When that was exhausted, hydraulic mining blasted the mountain for ten years. This type of mining forces water through pipes producing strong streams to "wash away" the mountain permitting the gold to be recovered. Due to the massive damage to the environment, this type of mining was outlawed decades ago. Today, miles of SR376 border massive piles of recently excavated dirt from current mining operations.

Round Mountain




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