Tuscarora Tunnel

The Tuscarora Tunnel is a copper mine located in Salt Lake county, Utah at an elevation of 10,200 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: Tuscarora Tunnel  

State:  Utah

County:  Salt Lake

Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3,109 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 40.58444, -111.59611

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Tuscarora Tunnel MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Tuscarora Tunnel
Secondary: Mountain Lake Group
Secondary: Tuscarora Chief Prospect
Secondary: Great Western Mines Co


Commodity

Primary: Copper


Location

State: Utah
County: Salt Lake
District: Big Cottonwood District


Land Status

Land ownership: Private
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

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Great Western Mines Co.
Home Office: Ogden, Ut.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1875
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Middle Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Wasatch Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: TABULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Vinta-Cottonwood Arch, Sevier Overthrust Belt, Cordilleran Hingeline

Type: L
Description: Southwest Striking Vein


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Sericitization


Rocks

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Oligocene

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Oligocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 66.25 PPM AG, .28 PPM AU, 3200 PPM CU, 40 PPM MO, 680 PPM PB, 150 PPM ZN, LESS THAN 2 PPM W, 30 PPM CO, 19 PPM NI


Materials

Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Deposit): DEPOSIT IS A BULL QUARTZ VEIN IN SERICITIZED GRANODIORITE WITH CHALCOPYRITE AND PYRITE. VEIN APPEARS TO STRIKE SOUTHWESTERLY

Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: LATE 1800'S

Comment (Location): TOWNSHIP IS UNSURVEYED ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1983

Comment (Workings): ADIT STRIKES SOUTHWESTERLY, LENGTH UNKNOWN

Comment (Geology): OCCURS IN NONPORPHYRITIC PHASE

Comment (Deposit): NO RECORDED PRODUCTION. REFERENCE BY JAMES, 1970 MENTIONS THAT THE ADIT PROJECTS BENEATH MT. WOLYERINE, WHICH DOES NOT AGREE WITH THE LOCATION GIVEN ON HIS MAP. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT

Comment (Development): DEVELOPMENT WORK UNDERWAY IN 1900. SURFACE RIGHTS NOW OWNED BY WASATCH NATIONAL FOREST


References

Reference (Deposit): CALKINS, F.C., AND BUTLER, B.S., 1943, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE COTTONWOOD-AMERICAN FORK AREA, UTAH: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROF. PAPER, NO. 201.

Reference (Deposit): BUTLER, B.S., LOUGHLIN, G.F., HEIKES, V.C., AND OTHERS, 1920, THE ORE DEPOSITS OF UTAH: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROF. PAPER, NO. 111.

Reference (Deposit): BAKER, A.A., CALKINS, F.C., CRITTENDEN, M.D., JR., AND BROMFIELD, C.S., 1966, GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE BRIGHTON QUADRANGLE, UTAH: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY GEOL. QUAD. MAP GQ-534

Reference (Deposit): JAMES, L.P., 1979, GEOLOGY, ORE DEPOSITS, AND HISTORY OF THE BIG COTTONWOOD MINING DISTRICT, SALT LAKE COUNTY, UTAH: U.G.M.S. BULL. NO. 114.