Wilba Claims

The Wilba Claims is a manganese mine located in Greenlee county, Arizona at an elevation of 4,400 feet.

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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.

Mine Info

Name: Wilba Claims  

State:  Arizona

County:  Greenlee

Elevation: 4,400 Feet (1,341 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Manganese

Lat, Long: 32.74389, -109.22667

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Wilba Claims MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Wilba Claims
Secondary: Pbc Claims
Secondary: Black King Group


Commodity

Primary: Manganese
Tertiary: Gold
Tertiary: Silver


Location

State: Arizona
County: Greenlee
District: Ash Peak District


Land Status

Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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: Underground


Ownership

Not available


Production

Year: 1954
Description: Ap_Grade: ^19.3 % Mn


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1953
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Mexican Highland


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: LENSES

Form: LENSES

Form: LENSES


Structure

Type: R
Description: Steep Northerly Trending Zones Of Shearing And Brecciation In Volcanic Rocks

Type: L
Description: Largest Exposure Of Ore Consists Of A Pod-Like Body With Maximum Width Of 8 Ft And Length Of 20 Ft; Most Exploration Work Was Done On This Exposure


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Surface Oxidation


Rocks

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Psilomelane
Ore: Pyrolusite
Gangue: Calcite


Comments

Comment (Location): CLAIMS LIE NEAR THE TOP OF A LOW RIDGE ABOUT 2 MILES DIRECTLY EAST OF ASH PEAK SUMMIT; GEODEDIC AND UTM COORDINATES DESCRIBE SHAFT ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF SECTION 12, WEST OF GRAVEL PIT; PREVIOUS QUAD DESIGNATION = DUNCAN 1:625000

Comment (Geology): NEAR EASTERN END OF FRACTURE ZONE, MANGANESE DEPOSITS FORM DISCONNECTED LENSES AND IRREGULAR STRANDS OF ORE, EXTENDING ABOUT 300 FT ALONG THE STRIKE

Comment (Deposit): SEE ALSO: A-1 CLAIMS, BLACK BEAUTY GROUP, AND CROW CLAIMS (ALL LOCATED IN GRAHAM COUNTY) FOR GEOLOGICAL INFORMATION ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT

Comment (Deposit): PROPERTY COMPRISES 2 UNPATENTED CLAIMS; DEPOSITS WITHIN THE ZONE ARE A FEW INCHES TO SEVERAL FT WIDE; FRACTURE ZONE FREQUENTLY OUTCROPS FOR MORE THAN 2000 FT ALONG THE STRIKE

Comment (Workings): DEVELOPMENTS INCLUDED ONE UNTIMBERED VERTICAL SHAFT ESTIMATED TO BE 30 FT DEEP

Comment (Development): 2 CLAIMS WERE LOCATED IN 1953 BY BILLINGSLEY AND DEAN AS THE BLACK KING GROUP; CLAIMS WERE RELOCATED SOMEWHAT LATER BY A.H. BASSETT AND ASSOCIATES AS THE WILBA OR PBC CLAIMS; PROPERTY WAS IDLE AS OF 1956; FIRST CLAIMS IN AREA WERE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN LOCATED IN THE 1890'S AS SILVER-GOLD PROSPECTS


References

Reference (Deposit): FARNHAM, L.L., STEWART, L.A., AND DELONG, C.W., 1961 , MANGANESE DEPOSITS OF EASTERN ARIZONA: U.S.B.M. INFORMATION CIRCULAR 7990 , P. 104

Reference (Deposit): USBM FILES, WILBA GROUP

Reference (Production): U.S.B.M. I.C. 7990


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