Liberty Hill Mine

The Liberty Hill Mine is a manganese mine located in Chaffee county, Colorado at an elevation of 8,999 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

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.

Mine Info

Name: Liberty Hill Mine  

State:  Colorado

County:  Chaffee

Elevation: 8,999 Feet (2,743 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Manganese

Lat, Long: 38.64167, -106.00972

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Liberty Hill Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Liberty Hill Mine
Secondary: Walter Higham's Mine


Commodity

Primary: Manganese
Secondary: Iron


Location

State: Colorado
County: Chaffee
District: Turret Area


Land Status

Land ownership: National Forest
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Walter Higham And Sons
Home Office: Salida, Co.
Years: 1919 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1916
Discovery Year: 1916
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Type: R
Description: Southern Mosquito Range, Arkansas Valley Graben

Type: L
Description: On East Limb Of Syncline; N-Trending Faults; E-W-Trending Faults


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Gneiss
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Gneiss
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 33.83% MN, 6.57% FE, 7.61% SIO2, 0.65% S, 0.037%


Materials

Ore: Pyrolusite
Ore: Wad
Ore: Siderite
Gangue: Calcite


Comments

Comment (Location): ABOUT 10 MILES NW OF SALIDA; FOR LOCATIONS GIVEN HERE A GROUP OF MINES IN THE GENERAL AREA WAS ARBITRARILY CHOSEN ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1976)

Comment (Reserve-Resource): ABOUT 1000 TONS OF ORE VISIBLE IN 1919

Comment (Production): PRODUCTION AT LEAST IN 1916, PROBABLY OTHER YEARS AS WELL

Comment (Deposit): ORE PINCHES AND SWELLS WITH BEDDING, SHOWING SOME REPLACEMENT OF LIMESTONE

Comment (Workings): INCLINED TUNNEL (50 FT LONG), SURFACE CUTS AND PITS


References

Reference (Deposit): MUILENBURG, G.A., 1919, MANGANESE DEPOSITS OF COLORADO: CGS BULLETIN 15, P. 28-31

Reference (Deposit): TWETO, O.L., STEVEN, T.A., HAIL, W.J., JR. AND MOENCH, R.H., 1976, PRELIMINARY GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE MONTROSE 1 DEG X 2 DEG QUADRANGLE, SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO: USGS MAP MF-761, 1:250,000.