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  Bullionville (Carman Heights) (Douglas Co.)

38° 50' 02"N, 119° 30' 17"W USGS Double Spring Quad

VISITED 4/30/2007
Our Dinner: Scrambled eggs, NY Steaks,& hash browns

From Fallon: US 50 East 62.3 miles to Carson City; US 395 South 34.7 miles to Holbrook Junction; East on SR 208 for 6.3 miles to local road; generally northwest on local road for 9.7 miles

From Fallon: 113 miles


Not to be confused with Bullionville in Lincoln County, Nevada. Could be confused with Carman Heights-- see stories below. What little I could find out about Bullionvile came from the book Pine Nut Chronicle - History of Douglas County Mines by Nyle Nation. Even then, the mention is brief. One wonders why it's on the USGS map at all. Mr. Nation mentions that Bullionville was a "primitive, early-day mining camp" in his chapter on the nearby Longfellow Mine. By "early-day" I'm assuming Mr. Nation is referring to the period of around the 1860's. He talks about Mr. A.C. Pratt building a mill 100 yards below the camp of Carman Heights, which was situated about "...1,500 feet below the Longfellow Mine in Mill Canyon." Some miners apparently lived in cabins at Bullionville during this time. The population of Bullionville probably never exceeded twenty men.

Longfellow Mine, South of Carson, to Be Opened on Large Scale
General Manager Carman Says That It WIll Be One of the State's Big Producers
Edward Carman of Cleveland O., who has been east for the winter, and who came back to Nevada several weeks ago, is in Reno to meet Mrs. Carman who is expected to arrive from Cleveland this morning. Mr. Carman is general manager of the Longfellow mine, thirty-five miles south of Carson, where development work on a large scale is soon to be projected. Expensive electrical machinery of the latest type is to be installed and a large force of men will be placed at work taking out ore.
1905 May 3, Reno Evening Gazette

The Longfellow Mine is one of the Best In This Portion of the State
E.W. Carman was in Gardnerville last Monday and exhibited some of the finest grade ore every brought from the Pine Nut hills. The rock was fairly sprinkled with free gold, in some instances as large as the head of a common carpet tack. The seven stamp mill and concentration plant will be put to work within the next few days on ore from the 100 foot level and good results are anticipated by the management. Mr. Carman also stated that plans were under way for the early construction of a milling plant with a daily capacity of 60 tons-- Gardnerville Record.
1908 July 18, Reno Evening Gazette

For the past eight years, his [E.W. Carman] corporation, the Longfellow Mining and Milling Co., has been operating in the district and has done a vast amount of development work. The Longfellow group is situated on Carman Heights, near the head of Red Canyon.
1911 July 6, Reno Evening Gazette

The Mill at Longfellow mine at Carman Heights in the Pine Nut range has been completed and turned over to the company by the contractors, Mr. Carman, the mine manager, says that as soon as the ore bins have been completed the mill will be placed in continuous operation.
1913 September 5, Reno Evening Gazette

J.R. Cough, heavy stockholder in the Detroit Gold Mining Company, which owns the Longfellow Mine, in the Pine Nut range, is an arrival from his Detroit home, and expects to spend the summer on the property. For many years the Longfellow mine was under the management of the late E.W. Carman and much development work was done. Several ore bodies were exposed in the workings, carrying gold values that promise profitable returns.
1925 May 1, Reno Evening Gazette

The Detroit Gold mining Company is going to install a ten-ton mill on the [Longfellow] property. This mine has been worked for some years by a different type mill at Carman Heights, but owing to the distance the ore had to be hauled it was decided to put in the new mill.
1925 August 15, Reno Evening Gazette





There's a whole lot of nothing at Bullionville, with regards to the mining camp itself. This is probably because there wasn't a lot there to begin with- mostly tents with a few wooden buildings. There are some ruins at the Longfellow mine, presumably the remains of the hoisting works, and the mill which is situated down Mill Canyon a ways. The altitude here is between 8500 and 9000 feet, which makes for some cold winters, I reckon.

Mr. Nation's map suggests coming from US 395 via Blossom Canyon. That route is now marked with a big No Trespassing sign. An alternate might be coming up via Minnehaha Canyon, which sounds infinitely more fun. That would involve taking Topaz Ranch Road north and then Canyon Rd north.

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