Starlight Mine

  

Mine Info

State: Arizona

County: Yavapai

Elevation: 6,499 feet (1,981 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 34.3975, -112.41222



Mine Description

The holdings of “Trapshooter” Reilly Gold Mines include the old Crook, Venezia, Starlight, and Mount Union mines, in Crooks Canyon. These mines are in the vicinity of Venezia post office, which, via the Senator Highway, is 15 miles from Prescott.

During the early days, these mines were rather extensively worked in the oxidized zone, which was generally from 40 to less than 200 feet deep. Later, sulphide ores were mined and treated in a 20-stamp amalgamation-concentration mill at Venezia and in the Mount Union mill. Much of this work was done by the late J. B. Tomlinson and lessees. From 1927 to about 1932, the property was held by the Westerner Gold-Lead Mining Company which, according to the U. S. Mineral Resources of 1930, milled about 100 tons of gold ore and shipped one car of lead-zinc ore. Since about 1932, the property has been held by “Trapshooter” Reilly Gold Mines. This company shipped some bullion and concentrates, but suspended operations in September, 1933.

The total combined production of these mines probably does not exceed $500,000. (57)

This area is composed of ridges and canyons with altitudes of 6,200 to 7,400 feet. It lies in the granite belt that extends southward through Mount Union and contains many dikes of rhyolitic to basic composition.

Starlight group: Lindgren gives the following description: “The three claims of the Starlight group lie about half a mile north of Venezia, at an altitude of about 6,600 feet. They were formerly owned by an English company . . . The developments consist of three short tunnels with a vertical interval of 200 feet. In the upper tunnel the vein strikes N. 30° E. and dips 60° W.

“The upper tunnel runs along the vein for 300 feet. The vein is 4 or 5 feet wide and carries several 6-inch streaks of heavy galena and zinc blende. These solid streaks are said to yield high assays in gold and silver. Some ore has been packed up to the Mount Union mill for treatment. There is said to be a shoot 270 feet in length along the tunnel."

“The gangue is quartz-filling with an indication of comb structure. In part the vein has been reopened and brecciated. Other gangue minerals are ankerite and fine-grained fluorite. Pyrite with coarse-grained black sphalerite and more or less galena make up the ore minerals. A dike of rhyolite-porphyry of normal appearance shows in some places along the vein. Some of the breccia is cemented by galena and sphalerite.”

According to local reports, the present company milled about 150 tons of ore from this group.

(57) Lindgren, W., work cited, pp. 123–25.

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

Starlight Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Commodity

Location

Primary: "Starlight Mine"
Primary: Gold
Secondary: Lead
Secondary: Silver
Tertiary: Zinc
State: Arizona
County: Yavapai
District: Mount Union 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:
Year Last Production:
Discovery Year:
Discovery Method:
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:


Structure

Alterations

Rocks

Type: R
Structure:
Description: Foliation In Precambrian Rocks Trends N35e To N45e
Type: L
Structure:
Description: Dikes And Veins Parallel Foliation
Alteration Type: L
Alteration:
Alteration Text: None


Analytical Data

Materials

Ore: Galena
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comments

Comment Type:
Geology
Comment DEPOSIT IS VEIN WHICH CUTS PRECAMBRIAN GRANODIORITE. RHYOLITE PORPHYRY DIKES OF PROBABLE CRET-TERT AGE ASSOCIATED WITH VEINS
Comment Type:
Production
Comment ITEM ( 8 ) IS AN ESTIMATE FROM $ 75,000 PRODUCTION AT $ 20.67 PER OUNCE.
Comment Type:
Workings
Comment THREE SHORT TUNNELS WITHIN 200 VERTICAL FEET.


References

Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: USGS BULL 782, P. 123
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Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: ELSING, M.J. AND HEINEMAN, R.E., 1936 , ARIZONA METAL PRODUCTION: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 140 , P. 101
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Reference Category:
Production
Pages:
Reference: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 140 , P. 101
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All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

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