The Mugwump is a gold mine located in Sierra county, California at an elevation of 6,499 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.
Elevation: 6,499 Feet (1,981 Meters)
Lat, Long: 39.4725, -120.86028
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Mugwump MRDS details
Secondary: Young America
Secondary: Diamond Peak
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Sierra Nevada
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Permian
Comment (Deposit): VEIN
Comment (Commodity): AU ASSOC. WITH COARSE ARSENOPYRITE
Comment (Geology): VEIN WITH BOTH WALLS TUFFACEOUS SLATE, MAY BE DISPLACED 100 FT. BY A NORTHERLY FAULT, THOUGH IT MAY BE DISPLACED TO THE N ON A REVERSE FAULT. IN S PART OF TUNNEL FOOTWALL IS BLACK CONGLOMERATIC SLATE & THE HANNING WALL A DENSE GREEN SUPPORTEDLY ALTERED TUFF. 1 INCH - 3 FT. THICK WITH GOUGE. AT S END OF QUARTZ STRIKE CHANGES, DIP FLATTENS, QTZ. REACHES MAX. THICKNESS - 4 FT. IN UPPER LEVEL THE TUFFS OR EFFUSIVES ARE ALTERED TO WHITE CLAY, BUT DARK SLATES ARE EASILY RECONGONIZABLE. SURFACE GRAY CLAY RETAINS SCHISTOSIE STRUCTURE.
Comment (Deposit): PURCHASED IN 1893 FOR $13500 . ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Comment (Production): MAJOR PRODUCTION BEFORE 1893 . TAILINGS DUMP REPORTED TO CONTAIN 50,000 - 60,000 TONS $1.50 - $2.50/TON
Comment (Workings): 3000 FT. ADIT WITH 1300 FT. DRIFTS. SEVERAL LEVELS.
Reference (Deposit): FERGUSON, H. G., & GANNETT, R. W., 1932 , GOLD QTZ. VEINS OF THE ALLEGHANY DISTRICT, CALIF.; USGS PROF. PAPER 172 , P .
Reference (Deposit): MACBOYLE, E., 1920 , MINES AND MINERAL RESOURCES SIERRA CO.: CSMB 16TH REPORT STATE MINERALOGIST, DEC. 1918 , P. 133 - 134 .
Reference (Production): MACBOYLE, 1920
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