Gold and silver were discovered in Clark County, Nevada in 1857. The total production has been recorded at 291,770 ounces of gold between 1908 and 1959. Only around 200 ounces of that was placer.
Around Alunite, Railroad Pass and Vincent, 19 miles southeast of Las Vegas on US 93 there are many old mines that produced lode gold.
In Bunkerville, 5 miles southwest of Mesquite on a road south of US 91, is the Copper King District. The Bunkerville, Great Eastern and Key West mines all produced a by product of gold from copper / silver operations. South of Bunkerville 30 miles on dirt roads, at Gold Butte, there are many more mines that produced lode gold.
Goodsprings is 8 miles northwest of Jean on the interstate, in the southwest part of the county. The gold region is in an area of several hundred square miles in the South Spring Mountain Range. The Goodsprings (Yellow Pine) district produced a total of 58,815 ounces of lode gold from 1856 to 1959. Area mines, especially the Keystone, Boss and Clementine produced gold as a by product of lead-silver-zinc mining. The Potosi Mine was first in operation, but a poor producer of lode gold. Goodsprings district the Boss mine, not Bas,s had assays in 1927 went as high as 111 oz gold 99oz platinum 16 oz palladium per ton .
Southeast of Jean 15 miles to Sunset (Lyons), there are many old small mines.
Southwest of Moapa 3 miles, in Muddy River, in a large area in the sand deposits you can find some very fine particles of placer gold.
About 20 miles north by northeast of Searchlight or 22 miles south of Boulder City on US 95 and Route 60, is an area about 6 miles wide and 12 miles long in the north part of the Opal Mountains, is the Eldorado district. This district produced 101,729 ounces of lode gold after its discovery in 1957. It produced 168 ounces from placer deposits in the area dry creek beds and benches. The Eldorado and Colorado Mines were the largest producers and the Eldorado-Rand, Techatticup, Crown Queen, Wall Street, Mocking Bird, Rambler, Rover and Flagstaff mines all produced lode gold.
The Searchlight district produced 246,997 ounces of lode gold and 26 ounces of placer gold from 1902-1959. The area mines, especially the Duplex and Quartzite lode mines were good producers. All the area stream gravels have placer gold. If you go west 10 miles on Route 68, to Crescent, about 6 miles east of Nipton, California, then 3 miles east by southeast and just south of Crescent Peak on area mine dumps gold is being found.
Southeast of St. Thomas 24 miles, in the south end of the Virgin Range and 7 miles east of the Virgin River is the location of many dry wash placers. You will find fine gold in large amounts of black sand.