Blue Wing Mountains

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The Blue Wing Mountains are located at the north end of the Granite Springs Valley.

Carlson states that the mountains are named because of blue rocks.[1] Carlson cites Origin of Place Names, though the reference for the blue rocks has not been found.[2]

Carr states that the mountains are blue-black in collor, which explains the blue part of them. Carr further states that a granite intrusion splits the mountains in to two wings.[3]

Chiastolite, which has distinctive cross-shaped graphite inclusions, is found in the area.[3]

To the west of the Blue Wing Mountains is an unnamed Playa. To the south is Blue Wing Flat, also known as Adobe Flat.

Black Mountain is at the peak of the Blue Wing Mountains.

On the Blue Wing Mountains is a rock with the name "C. Donnell" and the year 1946 carved in to it. This could be Charlie Donnell who hold the patent for a bucket conveyor.[4]


  1. Helen S. Carlson, "Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary," p. 55, 1970.
  2. "Origin of Place Names: Nevada," p. 60, Federal Writers' Project, W. P. A Reno, 1941.
  3. 3.0 3.1 James R. Carr, "Andalusite var. Chiastolite: Blue Wing Mountains, Pershing County, Nevada, Axis, Volume 10, Number 6, 2010."
  4. Peggy Jones, "Prospector finds mystery rock in Blue Wing Mountains: Possible connection to Lovelock inventor," April 16, 2016, News4Nevada.
  • GNIS
    • Variant: Bluewing Mountains. Citation: U.S. Geological Survey. Geographic Names Phase I data compilation (1976-1981). 31-Dec-1981. Primarily from U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000-scale topographic maps (or 1:25K, Puerto Rico 1:20K) and from U.S. Board on Geographic Names files. In some instances, from 1:62,500 scale or 1:250,000 scale maps.
  • "Bluewing Mountains" appears in the 1935 Lovelock quad.
  • Wikipedia
  • Nevada
  • Summitpost

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