Dominion Opal Mines of Virgin Valley Nevada

WELCOME TO DOMINION OPAL MINES OF VIRGIN VALLEY, NEVADA:

Home of the world-famousVirgin Valley Black Fire Opal & source of the world's finest Opal Specimens and opal collector gems.
 Several mines are open to rockhounds for fee digging of  precious black, crystal, fire, and other opal types. Opal Gem Mines & Mining Claims for sale.  Links to the Royal Peacock, Rainbow Ridge and Bonanza Opal Mines Fee Digs with information on the Virgin Valley Opal and Mines.  DOMINION OPAL MINES  is a private group of claims and mines which is not open to the public but we provide info on the public opal mines and fee digs.  There are opal mines and mining claims for sale in Virgin Valley, Nevada.

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OVERVIEW and HISTORY of THE VALLEY

A HISTORY OF THE VIRGIN VALLEY OPAL DEPOSITS AND MINES

​DETAILED HISTORY OF SPECIFIC PEOPLE AND MINERS

  • OPAL QUEEN MINE
  • BONANZA OPAL MINE
  • STONETREE OPAL MINE
  • RAINBOW RIDGE OPAL MINE
  • ROYAL PEACOCK OPAL MINE
  • GREENFIRE OPAL MINE


THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND WILL BE ADDED TO MONTHLY OVER THE NEXT 8 MONTHS UNTIL WE CAN GET ALL THE OLD INFO AND PHOTOS HERE, SO PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK, IT IS A LONG WORK IN PROGRESS!   Thank you....

Rumors that can not be verified claim VIRGIN VALLEY OPALS were first found in the late 1800's by local ranchers and cow hands on the Miller & Lux holdings and that the cowboys would take the opals into the local saloon to trade for drinks.  VIRGIN VALLEY OPAL was first discovered as float near Pond 13 by _____ about 1904 on the ____ Ranch.  The next year, in 1905 another near-surface deposit was discovered with opals weathering out of the ground at the OPAL QUEEN MINE.  Following that, the DOW MINE was discovered in 190_ (later to be renamed and known as the BONANZA OPAL MINE).  The STONETREE deposit and claims were the fourth major discovery of opals in the Virgin Valley Area in 1907-1908.  Between 1908-1911 the RAINBOW RIDGE DEPOSIT was discovered and, a little later in 191_ the ROYAL PEACOCK DEPOSIT and MINES were discovered.  Several other notable deposits and mines were discovered and located during this timeframe, but these were the most important (and this remains true over 110 years later in 2018!).  

​DETAILED HISTORY OF SPECIFIC MINES