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. 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. Collectively, the area produces a huge quantity of good-quality green or blue-green stone with a distinctive matrix.