Crown King Mine

  

Mine Info

State: Arizona

County: Yavapai

Elevation: 6,401 feet (1,951 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 34.22444, -112.34278



Mine Description

The Crown King group of claims, southeast of Towers Mountain, includes the Crown King vein which has yielded the most of any deposit in the district.

History: (73) During the early days, this deposit yielded rich gold ore from near the surface. From 1890 to 1895, the property was operated by the Crown King Mining Company. Their 10-stamp mill caught $10 to $12 per ton on the plates and made a lead concentrate that contained $150 to $350 in gold and silver per ton, besides a middling that carried 15 per cent of zinc and $12 in gold per ton. The middlings were stock-piled, and the concentrates were packed to Prescott, some 40 miles distant, at a cost of about $21.50 per ton. In 1895, the property was bonded to H. B. Chamberlin and Company, of Denver. The mine was operated until 1901 when it was closed by court order. During the 1890-1901 period, the ore shoot was followed to a depth of 650 feet, with an estimated production of $1,500,000 of which $200,000 was paid in dividends.

Transportation costs were greatly reduced by the extension, in 1899, of the Prescott & Eastern Railway into Mayer and further by the completion, in 1904, of the Bradshaw Railway from Mayer to Crown King.

During 1906 and 1907, the Crown King Mines Company worked the middlings pile and shipped concentrates containing gold, silver, zinc, iron and copper.

In 1909, the property was sold at receiver's sale to the Yavapai Consolidated Gold-Silver-Copper Company controlled by the Murphy estate, for $75,000. In 1916, lessees organized the Bradshaw Reduction Company which installed flotation equipment and made a few tons of concentrates from old middlings. Some ore is reported to have been blocked out above the 480-foot level, but was not mined.

In 1923, the mine was taken over by the Crown King Consolidated Mines, Inc. During the winter of 1926-1927, a flood wrecked the mill. The railway tracks from Middleton to Crown King were torn up during 1926 and 1927, and the grade has been utilized for a road. In 1933-1934, a 300-ton flotation-concentration mill was built.

The production of the mine since 1890 is estimated at $1,840,000.

Vein and workings: (74) The Crown King vein strikes northnortheast and dips 70° W. It cuts across the contact between granodiorite and sedimentary Yavapai schist which has been intruded by a dike of rhyolite-porphyry. The vein averages 2 feet in width and, towards the north, splits. It contains two gently northward-pitching ore shoots. The ore consists of quartz with abundant sphalerite and pyrite and some chalcopyrite and native gold. It is said to average 0.5 ounces of gold and 4 ounces of silver per ton.

The mine workings include a 480-foot shaft, a 913-foot tunnel 150 feet below the collar, and a 500-foot winze with five levels that each extend about 1,200 feet north and from 200 to 500 feet south. Water stands 250 feet below the tunnel level. According to local reports, all of the ore down to the third level has been extracted, but some ore remains between the third and fifth.

(73) Abstracted from unpublished notes of J. B. Tenney.

(74) Abstracted from Lindgren, W., work cited, pp. 168-69.

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

Crown King Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Commodity

Location

Primary: "Crown King Mine"
Primary: Gold
Secondary: Zinc
Secondary: Silver
Secondary: Copper
Secondary: Lead
Tertiary: Iron
State: Arizona
County: Yavapai
District: Tiger District
 

Land Status

Holdings

Workings

Land ownership: National Forest
Administrative Organization:
Type: Underground


Ownership

Production

Deposit

Owner Name: Dennis Marketic
Company ID:
Percent:
Home Office: Peoria, Az.
Info Year:
Years: 1986 -

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
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: TABULAR


Structure

Alterations

Rocks

Type: R
Structure:
Description: Foliation Trends N25e, Vein Trends Parallel To Foliation
Type: L
Structure:
Description: Veins Parallel Regional Foliation N20-25e
Alteration Type: L
Alteration:
Alteration Text: None
Name: Quartzite
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:
Name: Schist
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:
Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Description:
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age in Years:
Dating Method:
Material Analyzed:
Age Young: Neoproterozoic
Age Old:


Analytical Data

Materials

Analytical Data : ORE AVERAGED 0.5 OZ. AU/TON, 4 OZ. AG/TON. TAILING FROM OLD MILL CONTAINED 0.3 OZ. AU/TON, 4.5 OZ. AG/TON, 11 % ZN, 0.8 % CU, 10 % FE. ZINC PRODUCT CARRIED 43 % ZN, 10 % FE, 4.5 % CU, 15 OZ. AG/TON, 0.6 OZ. AU/TON. IRON PRODUCT CARRIED 1.5 OZ. AU/TON, 10 OZ. AG/TON, 2.5 % CU, 12 % ZN, 30 % FE.
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Gold
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Quartz
Unknown: Pyrite


Comments

Comment Type:
Development
Comment UNDERGROUND WORKINGS WERE BEING REHABILITATED AND EXTENDED DURING 1984-1986.
Comment Type:
Geology
Comment DEPOSIT IS VEIN WHICH CUTS PRECAMBRIAN QUARTZITE AND SCHIST. IGNEOUS ROCKS OF CRET-PALEO AGE ARE CLOSE TO DEPOSIT AND OCCUR TO SOUTH AT CROWN KING, ARIZONA
Comment Type:
Deposit
Comment LARGEST PRODUCTION OF THE DISTRICT. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Comment Type:
Production
Comment ITEM ( 8 ) IS ESTIMATED FROM $ 1,100,000 PRODUCTION AT $ 20.67 PER OUNCE AU.


References

Reference Category:
Production
Pages:
Reference: A.B.M. BULLETIN 140 , P. 101 .
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: NIEMUTH, N.J., 1987, ARIZONA MINERAL DEVELOPMENT 1984-1986: ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF MINES AND MINERAL RESOURCES DIRECTORY 29, 46 P.
URL:
Reference Category:
Other Database
Pages:
Reference: CIMRI
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: WILSON, E.D., 1934, ARIZONA LODE GOLD MINES AND GOLD MINING: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 137, P. 56.
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: ELSING, M.J. AND HEINEMAN, R.E., 1936, ARIZONA METAL PRODUCTION: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 140, P. 101.
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: USGS BULL 782, P. 168.
URL:

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