|Bullionville (Carman Heights) (Douglas Co.)|
38° 50' 02"N, 119° 30' 17"W USGS Double Spring Quad
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.
THOUSANDS FOR DEVELOPMENT
RICH ORE FROM THE PINE NUT RANGE
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.
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.
PINE NUT MINE TO BE WORKED
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.
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.