The San Domingo Placers is a sand and gravel, construction and gold mine located in Maricopa county, Arizona at an elevation of 2,799 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.
Elevation: 2,799 Feet (853 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Sand and Gravel, Construction, Gold
Lat, Long: 33.89472, -112.64917
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San Domingo Placers MRDS details
Primary: San Domingo Placers
Secondary: Santo Domingo
Primary: Sand and Gravel, Construction
District: San Domingo District
Land ownership: Federal
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Owner Name: United Placers Industries, Inc.
Years: 1962 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Stream Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1870
Year Last Production: 1962
Discovery Year: 1870
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: M
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Sonoran Desert
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Placer Au-PGE
Form: PROBABLY POCKETS AND BARS
Analytical Data: AVERAGE GRADE FROM 1870-1880 WAS $0.68/CY
Analytical Data: GOLD AVERAGES $0.40-0.80/CY
Analytical Data: GOLD IS 925 TO 965 IN FINENESS
Comment (Location): DRAINAGE SYSTEM OF SAN DOMINGO WASH, EAST TRIBUTARY OF HASSAYAMPA CREEK. WESTERN FOOTHILLS OF WICKENBURG MOUNTAINS. LOCATION GIVEN IS ABOUT 1 MI UPSTREAM FROM MOUTH OF SAN DOMINGO WASH INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1964)
Comment (Commodity): GOLD IS COARSE AND ANGULAR. UNVERIFIED REPORT OF PT
Comment (Workings): PLACER WORKINGS 6-7 MI LONG BY AN IRREGULAR WIDTH. NOT CONFINED TO THE STREAM BEDS BUT ARE ALSO FOUND ON SOME OF THE GRAVELY MESAS. GRAVELS WORKED BY DRY WASHING OR BY ROCKERS WHEN THERE WAS SUFFICIENT WATER. DRYLAND DREDGE OPERATED 1960-1962.
Comment (Geology): GOLD IS MOSTLY NEAR BEDROCK IN THE UPPER REACHES OF THE GULCHES, BUT IS MORE WIDELY DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE GRAVELS OF THE LOWER COUNTRY
Comment (Deposit): MRDS RECORD M045471 HAS BEEN DELETED.
Comment (Production): MANY OF THE NUGGETS WERE WORTH ABOUT $1 AND SOME WORTH $30 IN THE EARLY DAYS; IN 1925, $10-$15 WAS COMMON. SAN DOMINGO DISTRICT HAS THE LARGEST PLACER GOLD PRODUCTION IN MARICOPA CO. GRAVELS AVERAGED 0.032 OZ/CY AU (APPROX. 0.021 OZ/TON) FROM 1870-1962. MOST OF THE AREA'S ACTIVITY TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 1870 AND 1880, BUT THERE WAS CONTINUOUS ACTIVITY FROM 1905-1951
Comment (Development): WORKED INTERMITTENTLY.
Comment (Deposit): THE SOURCE OF THE GOLD IS BELIEVED TO BE QUARTZ VEINS IN THE NEARBY PRECAMBRIAN ROCKS
Reference (Other Database): CIMRI
Reference (Reserve-Resource): ORRIS AND BLISS, 1985
Reference (Deposit): GALBRAITH, F.W., AND BRENNAN, D.J., 1970, MINERALS OF ARIZONA: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 181, P. 5.
Reference (Deposit): ORRIS, G.J., AND BLISS, J.D., 1985, GEOLOGIC AND GRADE-VOLUME DATA ON 330 GOLD PLACER DEPOSITS: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OPEN-FILE REPORT 85-213, 172 P.
Reference (Deposit): QUIRING, HEINRICH, 1962, PLATINMETALLE IN DIE METALLISCHEN ROHSTOFFE 16 BAND: STUTTGART, FERDINAND ENKE VERLAG, P. 245.
Reference (Deposit): JOHNSON, M.G., 1972, PLACER GOLD DEPOSITS OF ARIZONA: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 1355, P. 21-23.
Reference (Deposit): WILSON, E.D., 1961, GOLD PLACERS AND PLACERING IN ARIZONA: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 168, P. 59-60.
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