Location and History
This district, in southern lnyo County in the Argus Range about 10 miles north of Trona, has also been known as the Kelley or Sherman mining district. The mines here apparently were first worked in the 1890s, although gold may have been discovered earlier. Considerable mining activiry during the early 1900s and again in the 1930s was followed by intermittent prospecting and development work until the present time.
The rocks that underlie the district range from quartz monzonite to gabbro in composition, but the acidic intrusives predominate. The ore deposirs occur either in quartz veins or in zones consisting of cemented, silicified breccia containing jasper, quartz veinlets, calcite, and abundant iron oxide. The gold is usually in a very fine state; sulfides are present only in some of the deposits.
Arondo $200,000, Davenport, Mohawk, Ruth $700,000+, Star of the West, Stockwell.
Norman, L.A., Jr., and Stewart, R. M., 1951, Inyo County, Aronda, Mohawk, and Ruth mines: California Jour. Mines and Geology, vol. 47, pp. 38-39, 46, and 49-50.
Tucker, W. B., 1938, Inyo County, gold: California Div. Mines Rept. 34, pp. 379-424.