Ophir Hill Consolidated Mine

The Ophir Hill Consolidated Mine is a lead, zinc, and silver mine located in Tooele county, Utah at an elevation of 6,909 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: Ophir Hill Consolidated Mine  

State:  Utah

County:  Tooele

Elevation: 6,909 Feet (2,106 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Lead, Zinc, Silver

Lat, Long: 40.37417, -112.26083

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Ophir Hill Consolidated Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Ophir Hill Consolidated Mine
Secondary: Ophir Mine


Commodity

Primary: Lead
Primary: Zinc
Primary: Silver
Secondary: Copper
Secondary: Manganese
Secondary: Limestone, General
Secondary: Tungsten


Location

State: Utah
County: Tooele
District: Ophir District


Land Status

Land ownership: Private


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: U. V. Industries (U.S. Smelting, Refining And Mining Co.)
Home Office: 136 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Ut. 84111

Owner Name: Mcfarland And Hullinger
Home Office: Tooele, Ut.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Replacement
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1870
Year Last Production: 1972
Discovery Year: 1864
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: L


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Great Basin
Physiographic Detail: Southern Oquirrh Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Polymetallic replacement


Orebody

Form: WEDGE


Structure

Type: R
Description: Deposit Near Crest Of Ophir Anticline

Type: L
Description: Productive Ground Is Wedge Shaped Block Bounded By Canyon Fault On South, Cliff Fault On Northwest And All Red Fissure On Ne


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Silicification


Rocks

Name: Limestone
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cambrian

Name: Limestone
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cambrian

Name: Limestone
Role: Host
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: TENOR OF ORE IN LATER YEARS: 1.3 PERCENT CU, 5.5-6 PERCENT PB, 6-7 OZ. AG, 4-8 PERCENT ZN, 12 PERCENT FE


Materials

Ore: Wolframite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Wad
Ore: Cerargyrite
Ore: Plumbojarosite
Ore: Scheelite
Ore: Psilomelane
Ore: Galena
Ore: Pyrolusite
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Fluorite
Gangue: Epidote
Gangue: Garnet
Gangue: Dolomite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Diopside
Gangue: Tremolite


Comments

Comment (Commodity): BISMUTH, ARSENIC, AND GOLD PRESENT IN VERY SMALL AMOUNTS

Comment (Location): INFO FROM LAND.ST :1975

Comment (Reserve-Resource): JAMES, A.H., 1973, P. 43.

Comment (Production): PRODUCTION 1870-1926 VALUED AT 15 TO 20 MILLION DOLLARS; THREE SHIPMENTS OF SCHEELITE ORE IN 1954 AND 1955 ASSAYED .34 PERCENT WO3 AND .42 PERCENT WO3

Comment (Development): MINE CLOSED WHEN MIDVALE CUSTOM MILL CLOSED

Comment (Deposit): ORE CONCENTRATED IN 7 LIMESTONE HORIZONS IN OPHIR FM., FROM TOP DOWN THEY ARE: BROWN VEIN (13 FT), BLACK VEIN (4 FT), ORANGE (TOP) VEIN (5 FT), YELLOW (BIG) VEIN (30 FT), RED (MIDDLE) VEIN (20 FT.), GREEN, (COPPER) VEIN (5 FT), BLUE VEIN (20 FT)

Comment (Workings): MANY THOUSAND FEET OF WORKINGS, MAIN ENTRANCE ON 1000 FT. LEVEL, 2400 FT LONG DRAIN TUNNEL PORTAL IS WEST OF OPHIR DRAINS 200 GALLONS OF WATER PER MINUTE

Comment (Geology): A NW TRENDING RHYOLITE DIKE (SACRAMENTO DIKE) OCCURS WEST OF MINE; TWO SMALL KERSANTITE DIKES ALSO IN AREA, MINERALIZATION IS POST FAULTING

Comment (Deposit): RECORD NUMBERS DC12228, 12204 AND 12201 PROBABLY ALL REFER TO THIS MINE ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT


References

Reference (Deposit): GILLULY, J., 1932, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE STOCKTON AND FAIRFIELD QUADS., UTAH, USGS PROF. PA. 173, P. 148-151.

Reference (Deposit): WIDEMAN, F.L., OPHIR HILL CONSOLIDATED LEAD-ZINC MINE, TOOELE CO., UTAH: USBM R.I. 4072, 13 P.

Reference (Deposit): WEINTRAUB, J., 1957, MINERAL PARAGENESIS AND WALL ROCK ALTERATION AT THE OPHIR MINE, TOOELE CO., UTAH: UNIV. OF UTAH M.S. THESIS, 44 P.

Reference (Deposit): BUREAU OF MINES, 1955, MINERAL PROPERTY FILE 87-43.

Reference (Deposit): CRITTENDEN, M.D., 1951, MANGANESE DEPOSITS OF WESTERN UTAH: USGS BULL 979-A.

Reference (Deposit): HEYL, A.V., 1963, OXIDIZED ZINC DEPOSITS OF THE UNITED STATES-PART 2, UTAH: USGS BULL. 1135-B, P. 61.

Reference (Deposit): EVERETT, F.D., 1961, TUNGSTEN DEPOSITS OF UTAH: USBM IC-8014, P. 23-24.

Reference (Deposit): BULLOCK, K.C., 1976, FLUORITE OCCURRENCES IN UTAH: UGMS BULL. 110.

Reference (Deposit): JAMES, A.H., 1973, LEAD AND ZINC RESOURCES IN UTAH: UGMS SPECIAL STUDIES 44.

Reference (Production): WIDEMAN, F.L., 1947, P. 1; JAMES, A.H., 1973, P. 43.