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Fox Turquoise Mine

Fox Turquoise MineLocated near Crescent Valley in Lander County, Nevada, this mine was originally worked by Native Americans in the prehistoric times. However, the first individual credited with gathering some samples from this mine was George Schmidtlein. It wasn’t until 1914 that George and his son filed claims on this discovery.

Once known as Cortez mine, this mine was at one time the largest turquoise mine in Nevada. It brought forth more than half a million pounds of material. The mining operation continued to produce turquoise in quantity after 1968 and is still producing today. Fox turquoise is quite hard and runs from shades of green to an aqua blue color with a distinctive matrix. It is found as both nuggets and vein material. While most know it as the Fox name, it is rightfully called White Horse Fox for the region it is located.

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