Golden Turkey Mine

  

Mine Info

State: Arizona

County: Yavapai

Elevation: 3,100 feet (945 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver

Lat, Long: 34.26806, -112.20417



Mine Description

The Golden Turkey mine, held by H. C. Mitchell and associates, is on the west side of Turkey Creek, near the eastern foot of the Bradshaw Mountains, at an elevation of about 3,000 feet. Via the Black Canyon Highway, the property is about 15 miles from Mayer, the nearest railway shipping point.

Some years ago, a 100-foot shaft was sunk on the property, but no production was made until 1933 when the workings were extended, and more than 4,000 tons of ore were run through the Golden Belt mill. The monthly yield was approximately two cars of concentrates containing gold and silver together with some zinc and a little copper. Several shipments of smelting ore also were made.

Here, pre-Cambrian schist strikes northward and dips almost vertically. The vein, which strikes northeastward and ranges in dip from 30° to less than 10° S.E., occupies a fissure zone that is probably due to thrust faulting. As exposed, the vein ranges from a few inches to more than a foot in width and in places forms a branching lode several feet wide. The vein filling consists of very coarsely crystalline, milky to clear, glassy quartz together with rather abundant irregular masses and disseminations of pyrite, galena, and sphalerite. In places, a little chalcopyrite is present. The gold accompanies the sulphides, particularly the pyrite. The vein walls show rather intense sericitization and silification and in places contain disseminated metacrysts of practically barren pyrite.

When visited in January, 1934, developments consisted of a 500-foot inclined shaft and approximately 2,000 feet of workings. Most of the ore mined has come from below the 350-foot level, particularly where the vein flattens in dip. According to Mr. Mitchell,(63) the oxidized zone extended to a depth of approximately 250 feet on the incline.

(63) Oral communication.

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

Golden Turkey Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Commodity

Location

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

Land Status

Holdings

Workings

Land ownership: National Forest
Administrative Organization:
Type: Underground


Ownership

Production

Deposit

Owner Name: Mr. And . Manley
Company ID:
Percent:
Home Office:
Info Year:
Years: 1969 -

Owner Name: G. Pye; O.S. Cassiby
Company ID:
Percent:
Home Office:
Info Year:
Years: 1968 -

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type:
Plant Type:
Plant Subtype:
Operation Type: Unknown
Mining Method:
Milling Method:
Year First Production: 1923
Year Last Production: 1949
Discovery Year: 1900
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 And Transposed Bedding In Metavolcanic Rocks Trends N-S
Type: L
Structure:
Description: Low-Angle (Less Than 40 Deg) Veins Cut Across Foliation
Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Description:
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age in Years:
Dating Method:
Material Analyzed:
Age Young: Pliocene
Age Old:
Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Description:
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age in Years:
Dating Method:
Material Analyzed:
Age Young: Neoproterozoic
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:
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: 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:


Analytical Data

Materials

Analytical Data : 0.75 % CU Analytical Data : 4.75 % PB Analytical Data : 50 OZ. AG/TON Analytical Data : 1935 AVERAGE ASSAYS: 2.10 OZ. AU/TON
Ore: Galena
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Calcite
Unknown: Pyrite


Comments

Comment Type:
Deposit
Comment THIS RECORD CONTAINS DATA FROM DUPLICATE RECORD D002805 OF J.W. HASLER WHICH HAS BEEN DELETED FROM MAIN MRDS. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT
Comment Type:
Geology
Comment VEIN MAY OR MAY NOT BE SPATIALLY ASSOCIATED WITH DIORITE-BASALT DIKES OF PROBABLE MIOCENE AGE.
Comment Type:
Deposit
Comment DEPOSIT IS LOW-ANGLE QUARTZ VEIN WHICH CUTS PROTEROZOIC METAVOLCANIC ROCKS.


References

Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: ANDERSON, 1972, USGS BULL 1345, P. 34-35.
URL:
Reference Category:
Other Database
Pages:
Reference: CIMRI
URL:
Reference Category:
Production
Pages:
Reference: U.S.B.M. I.C. 6905 , P. 17 ; A.B.M. BULL. 137 , P. 52
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: WILSON, E.D., 1934, ARIZONA LODE GOLD MINES AND GOLD MINING: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 137, P. 51.
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. 14.
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: ABGMT CLIPPINGS FILES.
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: ABGMT-USBM FILE DATA.
URL:
Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: ARIZONA DEPT OF MINERAL RESOURCES FILE DATA.
URL:

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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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