The Buster Mines is a gold and silver mine located in Washoe county, Nevada at an elevation of 5,925 feet.
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Elevation: 5,925 Feet (1,806 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver
Lat, Long: 39.67083, -119.39472
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The Buster mines are located on the divide between Frank Free and Tiger Canyons, in the footwall block of the Olinghouse fault. A large, irregularly shaped body of granodiorite porphyry intrudes andesites of the Chloropagus Formation in the mine area. The mine workings explore north-trending altered and silicified zones along the contact between the intrusive body and the andesites.
The principal mineralized zones occur on the Maciza and Dispensia claims. A north-trending quartz vein 5 to 20 inches wide is present on the Maciza claim. The footwall portion of the vein, commonly 4 to 8 inches in width, reportedly contained as much as 80 dollars per ton in gold and silver, while the remainder of the vein averaged between 5 and 18 dollars per ton.
Source: Geology and Mineral Deposits of Washoe and Storey Counties, Nevada. Bulletin 70, Nevada Bureau of Mines
A rich lense of ore on the Dispensia claim reportedly assayed 40 dollars a ton in gold and silver and contained 1 percent tellurium.
All of the ore extracted from the Buster mines area was apparently thoroughly oxidized.
Buster Mines MRDS details
Site NamePrimary: Buster Mines
Secondary: Dispensia Claims
District: Olinghouse, (White Horse) District
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: M
Mineral Deposit Model
Description: Olinghouse Fault, N45 Deg E, Dips E
Alteration Text: Silicification, Propylitization
|Comment: A LARGE, IRREGULARLY SHAPED BODY OF GRANODIORITE PORPHYRY INTRUDES ANDESITES OF CHLOROPAQUS FORMATION. MINE WORKINGS EXPLORE NORTH-TRENDING ALTERED AND SILICIFIED ZONES ALONG THIS CONTACT. FREE GOLD OCCURS IN "SPOTS" OF OXIDIZED CHALCOPYRITE ALONG FRACTURES IN GRANODIORITE PORPHYRY WITH DRUSY WHITE QUARTZ.|
Reference Category: Deposit
Reference: HILL, JM, ECON GEOL RAMSEY, TALAPOOSA, WHITE HORSE DIST, USGS BULL 470, 1911, P 99-108.
Reference Category: Deposit
Reference: BONHAM, HF GEOL & MIN DEP WASHOE-STOREY CO, NEV, NBMG BULL 70, 1969