Mineral King District

Posted July 16, 2009 in Gold Mining
Publication Info: Gold Districts of California Bulletin 193 California Division of Mines and Geology 1976 Table of Contents

Mineral King is in central Tulare County in the high Sierra Nevada, about 37 miles east of Lemon Cove near Sequoia National Park. It is a small mining district that has yielded minor amounts of gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc. Gold- and silver-bearing are was discovered here in August 1873, and a "rush" to the area was on during the following year or two. However, little mining has been done in the district since, and it is now a well-known resort area. The Mineral King deposits occur in a belt of contact metamorphism in calcareous slate, impure limestone, and granodiorite. The are is complex and consists of quartz and epidote rock containing pyrite, chalcopyrite, -sphalerite, galena, arsenopyrite and, in places, gold and silver.

Tucker, W. B., 1919, Tulare County, Mineral King mining district: California Min. Bur. Rept. 15, pp. 947-954.

U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Resources of the United States 1883-84, p. 642.

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