White Caps Mine

  

Mine Info

State: Nevada

County: Nye

Elevation: 7,612 feet (2,320 meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Arsenic, Gold, Antimony

Lat, Long: 38.53143, -117.04974

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White Caps Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Commodity

Location

Primary: "White Caps Mine"
Secondary: "White Caps Gold Mine"
Primary: Silver
Primary: Arsenic
Primary: Gold
Primary: Antimony
Secondary: Mercury
Tertiary: Fluorine-Fluorite
Tertiary: Copper
State: Nevada
County: Nye
District: Manhattan District
 

Land Status

Holdings

Workings

Land ownership: National Forest
Administrative Organization:
Type:


Ownership

Production

Deposit

Owner Name: Argus Resources, Inc.
Company ID:
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Home Office: Glendale, California
Info Year: 1985
Years: -

Owner Name: White Caps Mines, Inc. Argus Resources, Inc.
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Home Office:
Info Year:
Years: 1965 -

Owner Name: Calais Resources, Inc.
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Home Office:
Info Year: 2004
Years: -

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: lode; replacement
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Operation Type: Underground
Mining Method:
Milling Method:
Year First Production: 1911
Year Last Production: 1963
Discovery Year: 1867
Discovery Method:
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Organization:
Significant: Y
Deposit Size: L


Physiography

Mineral Deposit Model

Orebody

Name:
Form:
Name:
Form: Ore occurs as pipelike shoots, narrow stringers, radiating clusters, pods, blebs


Structure

Alterations

Rocks

Type: L
Structure:
Description: The veins are strongly faulted across their strike. Four major faults cut the limestone: the East, White Caps, West, and Morning Glory faults.
Alteration Type: L
Alteration:
Alteration Text: Limestone is strongly silicified and completely replaced by quartz in places.
Name: Limestone
Role: Host
Description:
Age Type: Host Rock
Age in Years:
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Material Analyzed:
Age Young: Late Cambrian
Age Old:


Analytical Data

Materials

Analytical Data : Hg 30 percent Analytical Data : Sb ore avg 22 - 40 percent. Au $20/ton
Ore: Gold
Ore: Dolomite
Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Calcite
Ore: Azurite
Ore: Fluorite
Ore: Arsenopyrite
Ore: Orpiment
Ore: Realgar
Ore: Cinnabar
Ore: Stibnite
Ore: Sericite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment Type:
Deposit
Comment Cinnabar occurs to 1,100 ft level; realgar occurs between the 450 and 665 ft level; stibnite occurs between the 450 and 665 ft level; stibnite occurs between the 310 and 450 ft levels. Primary ore consists of quartz veins containing very finely divided gold associated with realgar and stibnite. The vein contained large lenses of pure realgar and pure stibnite up to 4 feet by 20 feet. Ore shoots have better continuity down dip than along strike. Mineralization usually follows one wall (more commonly the footwall) of the bed.
Comment Type:
Development
Comment The mine produced gold from1912 to1914, using a 75-ton mill built by Associated Milling Co. White Caps Mining Co. took over the mine and mill in 1915 and discovered rich deeper ore in 1916. The gold mill closed in 1920, after which realgar was still shipped. The gold mill reopened in 1922 and closed in 1923. A flotation mill operated from 1935-1936. White Caps Gold Mining Co. refurbished the mine in the late 1950s. Antimony-lead-gold ore was mined in 1959. In 1962, mining was done on a faulted segment of the orebody between the 600 and 820-foot levels. Antimony ore was being mined just prior to a fire in 1964, after which mining ceased. In 1977, Argus Resources Inc. acquired the White Caps Mining Co. and renamed it Transworld Energy Corp. Calais Resources, Inc. first acquired interests in the Manhattan mining district in 1982 and in 2000, Calais agreed to purchase Nevada Manhattan Mining Corp.'s 24.5% interest in 28 patented lode mining claims and 105 unpatented lode mining claims in the White Caps Mine area of the Manhattan district. Calais already owned 42 unpatented lode mining claims bringing Calais's land position to 175 claims centered around the White Caps Mine. In 2003, Calais planned a drilling program on the White Caps property pending issuance of permits. The company had plans to drill several deep holes in search of a replacement gold deposit. in April 2004 Calais entered into an agreement to acquire all of Argus Resources and White Caps Mines patented and unpatented mineral rights in the district. Calais Resources' property in the Manhattan mining district now (2004) covers over 2628 acres of mineral interests.
Comment Type:
Geology
Comment This mine has produced many high quality collector-grade mineral specimens of arsenic minerals, stibnite, as well as rare mineral species such as wakabayashilite, haidingerite, rosslerite, pitticite.
Comment Type:
Identification
Comment This record is an updated version of MRDS record # M055301 including all information from the former record plus additional information. The earlier record could be deleted.
Comment Type:
Location
Comment The White Caps Mine is located about a mile SW of Salisbury Peak in the Toquima Range
Comment Type:
Workings
Comment Workings consist of a 900 foot shaft with a winze to the 1300 foot level.
Comment Type:
Production
Comment HOLMES SAYS SOME MERCURY WAS REPORTEDLY RECOVERED IN 1929.
Comment Type:
Commodity
Comment Ore Materials: gold, stibnite, cinnabar, realgar, orpiment, arsenopyrite, fluorite, azurite
Comment Type:
Commodity
Comment Gangue Materials: quartz, calcite, pyrite, dolomite, sericite


References

Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: WOOLF, J. A., AND A. P. TOWNE, ORE-TESTING STUDIES ON GOLD AND GOLD-SILVER DEPOSITS. U.S. BUREAU OF MINES RI 3765, 1944, P. 18-23.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: LAWRENCE, E. F., ANTIMONY DEPOSITS IN NEVADA. NEVADA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY BULLETIN 61, 1963, P. 146-149.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT INTEREST IN THAT PART OF THE TOQUIMA RANGE, NEVADA, ADMINISTERED AS TOIYABE NATIONAL FOREST. U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OPEN-FILE REPORT 86-470, TABLE 12, P. 20 (LOCATION ONLY).
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Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: NBMG MI-1998-2003
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Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: Ferguson, H.G., 1924, Geol. and Ore Deposits of the Manhattan District: USGS Bull 723, p. 147-151.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: Tonopah Times Bonanza, Sept. 14, 1979.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: Bailey, E. H., U S Geol. Survey, personal files
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: Holmes, G.H., Jr., 1965, Mercury in Nevada, in Mercury Potential of the U.S.: U.S. Bur. of Mines, Inf. Circ. 8252, p. 285
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: Lawrence, 1963, Antimony Deposits of Nevada: NBMG Bull. 61, pp. 146-149.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: Bailey, E.H. and Phoenix, D.A., 1944, Quicksilver Deposits in Nevada: NBMG Bull. 41, p. 145-146.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: Kral, V.E., 1951, Mineral Resources of Nye Co.: NBMG Bull. 50, p. 124-125.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: Johnson, 1973
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: Mason and others, 1996.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: Tingley, 1998
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: United States Bureau of Land Management, 1978k
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Deposit
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Reference: United States Bureau of Mines, 1995
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Deposit
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Reference: United States Geological Survey, 1971e.
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Deposit
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Reference: Vanderburg, 1936.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: Long, K.R., DeYoung, J.H., Jr., and Ludington, S.D., 1998, Database of significant deposits of gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc in the United States; Part A, Database description and analysis; part B, Digital database: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-206, 33 p., one 3.5 inch diskette.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: DYNAN, J.L., 1916, THE WHITE CAPS MINE, MANHATTAN, NEVADA: MINERAL AND SCIENTIFIC PRESS, V. 113, P. 884-885, DEC. 16, 1916 ISSUE.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: EMJ ARTICLE BY J.G. KIRCHEN, NOV. 24, 1917.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: WEED'S MINES HANDBOOK, 1918.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: KLEINHAMPL, F. J., AND J. I. ZIONY. PRELIMINARY GEOLOGIC MAP OF NORTHERN NYE COUNTY, NEVADA. U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OPEN-FILE MAP, 1967, SCALE 1:200,000.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: U.S. BUREAU OF MINES I.C. 9035, LOWE AND OTHERS, 1985, P. 181.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: FERGUSON, H. G., AND S. H. CATHCART. GEOLOGY OF THE ROUND MOUNTAIN QUADRANGLE, NEVADA. U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY GEOGLIC QUAD. MAP GQ-40, 1954, SCALE 1:125,000.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: FERGUSON, H. G. THE LIMESTONE ORES OF MANHATTAN, NEVADA. ECON. GEOL. AND BULL. SOC. ECON. GEOL., V. 16, NO. 1, 1921, PP. 1-36.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
Pages:
Reference: FERGUSON, H. G. GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE MANHATTAN DISTRICT, NEVADA. U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 723, 1924, P. 7, 83, 136, AND 147-151.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: FERGUSON, H. G. PLACER DEPOSITS OF THE MANHATTAN DISTRICT, NEVADA. CH. IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO ECONOMIC GEOLOGY. U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 640, 1916, PP. 163-193.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: KRAL, V. E., MINERAL RESOURCES OF NYE COUNTY, NEVADA. NEVADA BUREAU MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 50, 1951, 223 PP.
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: SCHILLING, J.H., 1964, NEVADA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY BULLETIN 65 (NAME LOCATION ONLY).
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Reference Category:
Deposit
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Reference: U.S. BUREAU OF MINES CONFIDENTIAL PRODUCTION RECORDS.
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