Detroit Mine

The Detroit Mine is a copper mine located in Greenlee county, Arizona at an elevation of 4,902 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: Detroit Mine  

State:  Arizona

County:  Greenlee

Elevation: 4,902 Feet (1,494 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 33.07667, -109.36472

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Detroit Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Detroit Mine
Secondary: Part of Arizona Copper Co Group


Commodity

Primary: Copper
Secondary: Silver
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Manganese


Location

State: Arizona
County: Greenlee
District: Copper Mountain 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

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Phelps Dodge Corp., Morenci Branch


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1884
Year Last Production: 1932
Discovery Year: 1884
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
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: TABULAR

Form: TABULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: One Of Several Regional Deposits Of Carbonates And Cuprite In Limestone; East Side Of The Copper Mountain Fault

Type: L
Description: Main Ore Body Is Located Immediately Under Heavy Garnet Rock And Is About 25 Ft Thick; A Lower Ore Body Of 5 Ft Thickness Is Separated From Main Ore Body By A Barren Lime-Shale Sequence


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Upper Beds Of Modoc Limestone Altered To Garnet Rock; Ore Is Entirely Oxidized


Rocks

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age in Years: 55.500000+-0.500000
Age Young: Tertiary


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Malachite
Ore: Cuprite
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Chalcocite
Gangue: Garnet
Gangue: Hematite
Gangue: Kaolin
Gangue: Epidote
Gangue: Limonite


Comments

Comment (Production): PRODUCTION DATA INCLUDED IN LONGFELLOW METCALF MINE; LONGFELLOW METCALF ALSO INCLUDES THE MAMMOTH, YAVAPAI, LONGFELLOW, METCALF, CORONADO, JOY, AND HUMBOLDT MINES OF THE ARIZONA COPPER CO LTD. ORE REPORTED TO BE NEARLY EXHAUSTED IN 1905; TOTAL PRODUCTION ESTIMATED AT 150,000 TONS (SEE USGS PROFESSIONAL PAPER 43 (1905)

Comment (Development): OWNERS INCLUDED ARIZONA COPPER CO LTD.; THE DETROIT AND LONGFELLOW MINES WERE THE LARGEST PRODUCERS FOR THE ARIZONA COPPER CO LTD; DETROIT MINE SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH THE DETROIT COPPER CO MINES AT MORENCI

Comment (Workings): DEVELOPMENTS INCLUDED THE 224 FT DEEP DETROIT SHAFT WITH 4 LEVELS; CONNECTIONS TO THE JOY SHAFT. SEVERAL ADITS CONNECTED BY A MAZE OF IRREGULAR STOPES AND WORKINGS; 400 FT DEEP SOUTH SHAFT NEAR THE COPPER MOUNTAIN FAULT.

Comment (Geology): MINE LOCATED JUST SOUTH OF THE MAIN PORPHYRY CONTACT AT MORENCI. GARNET IN THE EXPOSED MODOC LIMESTONE FORMATION FORMS A CAP ROCK OF 75 TO 100 FT THICKNESS. PORPHYRY DIKES GENERALLY DO NOT CONTAIN ORE BUT ARE OCCASIONALLY CUT BY VERTICAL SEAMS OF PYRITE.

Comment (Location): LOCATED TO EAST OF MANGANESE BLUE MINE AND TO SOUTH OF COPPER MOUNTAIN MINE. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1973)

Comment (Deposit): SEE ALSO: MANGANESE BLUE MINE, COPPER MOUNTAIN MINE FOR GEOLOGICAL INFORMATION. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT

Comment (Commodity): ORE CHIEFLY CONTAINS MALACHITE AND AZURITE; CHALCOCITE AND CUPRITE ARE RARE


References

Reference (Other Database): CIMRI

Reference (Deposit): BENNETT, K.C., 1975, GEOLOGY AND ORIGIN OF THE BRECCIAS IN THE MORENCI-METCALF DISTRICT, GREENLEE COUNTY, ARIZONA: M.S. THESIS, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, 153 P.

Reference (Deposit): BLM DISTRICT SHEETS 840 AND 841.

Reference (Deposit): ABGMT CLIPPINGS FILE, ARIZONA COPPER CO LTD.

Reference (Deposit): USGS PP 43, P. 240-245.

Reference (Deposit): ABGMT-USBM FILE DATA.