The Fox Turquoise mine, located near Lander County and discovered in
the early 1900’s, was once Nevada’s largest producer of turquoise with
some half million pounds. At that time, Mr. Dowell Ward, the mine
operator, amassed one of the largest collections of turquoise rock.
This mine has been closed for quite some time.
In prehistoric times, indigenous peoples mined turquoise and found
large nuggets. The different sites of Fox deposits were developed using
the names of Fox, White Horse, Green Tree, and Smith to differentiate
among the colors of turquoise produced in the area, and to create a
larger perceived share of the turquoise market. Collectively, the area
produces a huge quantity of good-quality green or blue-green stone with
a distinctive matrix. Blue Fox turquoise is more accurately known as
“White Horse Fox,” as that is the area of Lander County where the blue
variation has been found. The Fox mine has also been known as the