Mormon Dan Peak

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Mormon Dan Peak is a peak that is quite close to the Soldier Meadows road near where it meets the playa road, just north of the Humboldt/Pershing Line.

Mormon Dan Spring is to the east and Mormon Dan Canyon is to the south east.

Not to be confused with Mormon Dan Butte, located near Winnemucca.[1]. Mormon Dan Butte was possibly named for the prospector who in 1884 discovered ore "about four miles from Ike West's ranche" near the Jumbo District 35 miles west of Winnemucca.[2]

See Mormon Dan for details about possibly the same "Mormon Dan" who lived at the north end of the Jackson Range and murdered a man in Winnemucca.

A 1960 Nevada Department of Transportation map of Humboldt County has a triangulation station named Gambler located at what is now Mormon Dan Peak[3] and in a 1971 Nevada DOT Map.[4]

The term "Mormon Dan Peak" first appears in the 1980 Mormon Dan Peak 1:24,000 Map.[5]

In 1983 a helicopter survey identified a number of claims in the southern Calico Hills. Claims were staked knowing that the area was within the a designated wilderness study area. The claims were designated the Dan Claims, possibly because of Mormon Dan Peak, Mormon Dan Springs and Mormon Dan Canyon, located to the northeast of the claims.[6]



  1. Mormon Dan Butte GNIS
  2. Jumbo District, The Silver State, Winnemucca, Nevada, December 24, 1884, p. 3.
  3. "Humboldt County," Nevada Department of Transportation, 1960.
  4. Quad0311," Nevada DOT, 1971.
  5. "Publications of the Geological Survey," , p. 29, 1980.
  6. Michael C. Sahli, "Preliminary Geological Discussion of the Dan Mining Claims Area, Southern Calico Hills, Pershing County, Nevada," UNR, ca. 1987.