Golden Belt Mine

  

Mine Info

State: Arizona

County: Yavapai

Elevation: 3,150 feet (960 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 34.26806, -112.20278



Mine Description

The Golden Belt mine (64), held by the Golden Belt Mines, Inc., is a few hundred feet north of the Golden Turkey. Its original location is reported to have been made in 1873 by George Zika. Production prior to 1916, according to the local press, amounted to several hundred tons of ore of which part was shipped and part was milled. The present operators obtained this ground in 1931 prior to which time a small mill had been built and a little development work done. Subsequently, the mill has been rehabilitated and operated. In 1931, 134 tons of concentrates from 1,345 tons of ore were produced, and 107 tons of smelting ore were shipped.(65) Operations were continued through 1932 and 1933. Minton(66) states that the net smelter returns for 1931 and part of 1932 amounted to $891 on 106 tons of crude ore and $8,523 on 285 tons of concentrates. During 1933, ore from the Golden Turkey mine also was treated in the mill.

The geology of this mine is similar to that of the Golden Turkey. The prevailing rocks consist of pre-Cambrian schist, intruded by dikes of siliceous to basic porphyry. The Golden Belt vein, which strikes approximately N. 60° E. and dips from 10° to 23° S.E., occurs within the fissure zone of a probable thrust fault. Minton(67) states that the vein, as exposed, ranges from a few inches to about 3 feet in width and carries from $5 to $40 in gold and from one to 10 ounces of silver per ton. In the upper portions of the mine, above the water level, the vein contains oxides of iron and lead and some free gold. Below the water level or 50 feet below the surface, galena and pyrite predominate, and the gold occurs mainly in the galena. The silver is asserted to be decreasing with depth.

In January, 1934, the mine was developed by an irregular, inclined shaft, reported to be 800 feet in length, with several hundred feet of drifts and stopes. Minton states that the cost of sinking 150 feet of the incline amounted to $6.22 per foot. As the workings extend under Turkey Creek, considerable water has been encountered.

The Golden Belt flotation mill has a maximum capacity of 50 tons per day. Power is obtained from the Arizona Power Company.

(64) In part abstracted from Minton, D.C., Cost of equipping and developing a small gold mine in the Bradshaw Mountains quadrangle, Yavapai Arizona: U. S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular

(65) U. S. Bureau of Mines Mineral Resources for 1931, Part I, p. 410.

(66) Work cited, p. 10.

(67) Work cited, p. 3.

Text from Arizona Lode Gold Mines and Gold Mining, Arizona Bureau of Mines. Original 1934, revised 1967

Golden Belt Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Commodity

Location

Primary: "Golden Belt Mine"
Primary: Gold
Secondary: Silver
Secondary: Lead
State: Arizona
County: Yavapai
District: Black Canyon District
 

Land Status

Holdings

Workings

Land ownership: National Forest
Administrative Organization:
Type: Underground


Ownership

Production

Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Deposit Type:
Plant Type:
Plant Subtype:
Operation Type: Unknown
Mining Method:
Milling Method:
Year First Production: 1919
Year Last Production: 1961
Discovery Year: 1873
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

Mineral Deposit Model

Orebody

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Mexican Highland
Physiographic Detail:
Name:
Form: TABULAR


Structure

Alterations

Rocks

Type: R
Structure:
Description: Foliation And Transposed Bedding In Metavolcanic Rocks
Type: L
Structure:
Description: Low-Angle (Less Than 40 Deg) Veins Follow Low Angle Faults That Cut Across Foliation
Name: Andesite
Role: Associated
Description:
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age in Years: 1720.000000+-
Dating Method: U-Pb (zircon)
Material Analyzed: Zircon
Age Young: Proterozoic
Age Old:
Name: Andesite
Role: Host
Description:
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age in Years: 1720.000000+-
Dating Method: U-Pb (zircon)
Material Analyzed: Zircon
Age Young: Proterozoic
Age Old:


Analytical Data

Materials

Analytical Data : TAILINGS ESTIMATE 0.01 OZ. AU, 0.31 OZ. AG/TON
Ore: Gold
Ore: Galena
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Calcite
Unknown: Pyrite


Comments

Comment Type:
Geology
Comment DEPOSIT IS LOW ANGLE QUARTZ VEIN WHICH CUTS PROT METAVOLCANIC ROCKS. VEIN MAY OR MAY NOT BE SPATIALLY ASSOCIATED WITH DIORITE-BASALT DIKES OF PROBABLE MIOCENE AGE
Comment Type:
Deposit
Comment GOLD BELT AND GOLDEN TURKEY ARE ON THE SAME VEIN SYSTEM AND THUS ARE ONE DEPOSIT. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT
Comment Type:
Deposit
Comment SHEAR ZONE IS POSSIBLY A THRUST FAULT. VEIN SYSTEM CONSISTS OF QUARTZ PODS, QUARTZ BRECCIA ZONES, AND OPEN SPACE VEINS. RECENT STUDIES SUGGEST VEIN WIDTHS OF 3 TO 8 INCHES.
Comment Type:
Production
Comment ITEM (9) IS ESTIMATED FROM $65,000 OF PRODUCTION AT $20.67 PER OUNCE.
Comment Type:
Development
Comment CLAIMS INCLUDE THE GOLDEN BELT, WILLIE FRACTION, GOLD STANDARD, MARS, MARIS


References

Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: WILSON, E.D., 1934 , ARIZONA LODE GOLD MINES AND GOLD MINING: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 137 , P. 52
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: GUITERAS, J.R., 1936 , GOLD MINING AND MILLING IN THE BLACK CANYON AREA, YAVAPAI COUNTY, ARIZONA: U.S.B.M. INFORMATION CIRCULAR 6905 , P. 6
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: SITE VISIT BY CIMRI STAFF
URL:
Reference Category:
Production
Pages:
Reference: A.B.M. BULL. 140 , P. 102 , BULL. 137 P. 52
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: ELSING, M.J. AND HEINEMAN, R.E., 1936 , ARIZONA METAL PRODUCTION: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 140 , P. 102
URL:

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