The Valpine is a tungsten mine located in Alpine county, California at an elevation of 8,409 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: 8,409 Feet (2,563 Meters)
Lat, Long: 38.7253, -119.88890
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Valpine MRDS details
District: Hope District
Land ownership: National Forest
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.
Type: Located Claim
Owner Name: Merrill, Stewart
Home Office: Markleville, CA
Info Year: 1981
Description: 325 T Ore - 3753 Kg Cons @ 71% Wo3 2665 Kg/Yr Of Wo3
Description: 109 T Ore @ 1% Wo3 919 Kg Cons @ 67% 616 Kg/Yr Of Wo3
Description: 2,337 T Ore - 8 T Of Cons W/4599 Kg Wo3 4599 Kg/Yr Of Wo3
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Surface
Mining Method: Unknown
Year First Production: 1952
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Sierra Nevada
Mineral Deposit Model
Comment (Deposit): ELECTRICAL POWER IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE SITE AND MUST BE GENERATED OR BROUGHT IN FROM MARKLEEVILLE, 8 KM TO THE NORTHEAST. ADDITIONAL LOW GRADE RESOURCES MAY EXIST; 200,000 T OR MORE AT .08% WO3 OR HIGHER.
Reference (Deposit): CLARK, WILLIAM B. MINES AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF ALPINE
Reference (Deposit): COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. CALIF. DIV. OF MINES AND GEOL., 1977,
Reference (Deposit): JOUR. OF MINES AND GEOL., 1942, VOL. 38, NO'S. 3 & 4,
Reference (Deposit): P. 311.
Reference (Deposit): MAURER, R. B. AND ROBERT E. WALLACE THE MINERAL INDUSTRY IN
Reference (Deposit): CALIFORNIA. U.S. BUMINES MINERALS YEARBOOK 1952, VOL. 3
Reference (Deposit): 1952, P. 177.
Reference (Deposit): WALLACE, R. E. J. D. MCLENEGAN, AND E. J. MATSON. THE
Reference (Deposit): MINERAL INDUSTRY OF CALIFORNIA. U.S. BUMINES MINERALS
Reference (Deposit): YEARBOOK 1954, VOL. 3, 1954, P. 201.
Reference (Deposit): COUNTY REPT. 8, P. 40.
Reference (Deposit): ENGEL, A. L. AND E. S. SHEDD TREATMENT TESTS OF SCHEELITE
Reference (Deposit): ORES FROM CALIFORNIA, NEVADA, AND UTAH. U.S. BUMINES
Reference (Deposit): RI 5087, 1954, PP. 5-6.
Reference (Deposit): JENKINS, OLAF P. TABULATION OF TUNGSTEN DEPOSITS OF CALIF-
Reference (Deposit): ORNIA TO ACCOMPANY ECONOMIC MINERAL MAP NO. 4. CALIF.
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