The Spafford Prospect is a silver and gold mine located in Whatcom county, Washington at an elevation of 6,558 feet.
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Name: Spafford Prospect
Elevation: 6,558 Feet (1,999 Meters)
Commodity: Silver, Gold
Lat, Long: 48.7725, -120.71528
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Spafford Prospect MRDS details
Primary: Spafford Prospect
Secondary: Homestake Group, Homestake Prospect
Secondary: Claims: Homestake Nos. 1 and 2, Glory Be Lodes Nos. 1and 2,
Secondary: Ricky Lodes 1 Through 6, Ridge Lode No. 1
District: Slate Creek District
Land ownership: National Forest
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Administrative Organization: In Pasayten Wilderness Area In Okanogan National Forest And In Mount Baker National Forest At County, Forest, And Wilderness Boundary, All Of Which Coincide
Owner Name: E. H. Spafford, Seattle, Wash.
Years: 1969 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1956
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Northern Cascade Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Polymetallic veins
Form: VEINS IN SHEAR ZONE
Description: Shear Zone
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Host Rocks Bleached, Silicified
Analytical Data: MAX. VALUES ARE 3.8% PB, 8% ZN, 1.92 OZ/TON AG, 0.25 OZ/TON AU, 0.01% CU
Analytical Data: SPORADIC GOLD VALUES FROM $10-100/TON AU. TYPICAL VEIN CONTAINED 0.06 OZ/TON AU, 0.66 OZ/TON AG. SEVERAL ANALYSES IN STAATZ AND OTHERS
Comment (Location): UNSURVEYED
Comment (Deposit): IRON-OXIDE STAINED LENTICULAR QUARTZ VEINS ALONG SHEAR ZONE
Comment (Workings): 500 FT TRENCH, OTHER TRENCHES, 3 PITS, 2 ADITS, INCLINED SHAFT 50 FT LONG. MOST OF WORK WAS DONE ON HOMESTAKE NO. 1 CLAIM.
Comment (Geology): HOST ROCK DESCRIBED AS WELL BEDDED, FINE-GRAINED QUARTZITE, STRIKE N35W, DIP 40NE. 1000 FT SOUTH OF WINDY PASS, INTRUDED BY DIORITE STOCK 2,500 FT ACROSS . HOST ROCKS LIE NEAR CONTACT OF HARTS PASS FORMATION AND VIRGINIAN RIDGE FORMATION/WINTHROP SANDSTONE UNDIVIDED AND COULD BE THE LATTER.
Comment (Deposit): 11 UNPATENTED CLAIMS ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Reference (Deposit): STAATZ, M.H., WEIS, P.L., TABOR, R.W., ROBERTSON, J.F., VAN NOY, R.M., PATTEE, E.C., AND HOLT, D.C., 1971, MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE PASAYTEN WILDERNESS AREA, WASHINGTON: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 1325, P. 155-158.
Reference (Deposit): STOFFEL, K.L., AND MCGRODER, M.F., 1990, GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE ROBINSON MTN. 1:100,000 QUADRANGLE, WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF GEOLOGY AND EARTH RESOURCES OPEN-FILE REPORT 90-5, SCALE 1;100,000.
Reference (Deposit): HUNTTING, M.T., 1956, INVENTORY OF WASHINGTON MINERALS - PART II, METALLIC MINERALS: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 37, V. 1, P. 177.
Reference (Deposit): MOEN, W. S., 1969, MINES AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 57, P. 117-118.
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