SILVER DYKE MINE NEVADA
Not So Silver After All
Funny thing about the Silver Dyke Mine is that silver was never mined at all, but Tungsten. Prospectors looking for silver inadvertently discovered a scheelite deposit, thinking it was silver they had some samples assayed and later sold their claim to a commercial tungsten outfit.
The Silver Dyke was officially opened in 1916 as it extracted the first deposits of tungsten and took advantage of the high tungsten prices brought on by demand for tool steel during WWI. In its time the operation was extracting 60 tons of pay dirt a day, supporting the Silver Dyke Mill which produced 66 percent tungsten oxide concentrate. Most of the tungsten ore was then shipped to San Francisco to be processed in to metals for tools and was eventually used in the original versions of the electric incandescent light bulb.
The mill, located in nearby Sodaville was owned by the Nevada Massachusetts corp., which had also secured contracts with other mines located throughout the excelsior and Pilot Mountains.