Published on August 21, 2013 by Amy
The Indian Mountain turquoise mine can be found on the southern range of Bald Mountain in Lander County, Nevada. Legend has it that a Shoshone sheepherder discovered the mine in 1970. The Indian Mountain mine was owned and operated by Ed Mauzy and J.W. Edgar, both legends in the history of Nevada turquoise. Mining operations at Indian Mountain were carried out from late May to early October with a recovery rate of “about three pounds” (Turquoise Annual) of good turquoise a day. During winter the mine could be covered in up to 10 feet of snow. Indian Mountain turquoise was difficult to mine because it was found in very compact rock. During the productive season miners lived in trailers located 75 miles from electricity and the nearest telephone. The vein material and small nuggets found were of a very high grade turquoise and were seen in both a green and fine blue color, sometimes combined. Spider web Indian Mountain turquoise is considered to be some of the finer turquoise available.
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