Apache Mine

Past Producer in Gila county in Arizona, United States with commodities Vanadium, Lead, Molybdenum, Zinc, Copper, Silver, Gold, Semiprecious Gemstone

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10027368
MRDS ID M002970
Record type Site
Current site name Apache Mine
Alternate or previous names Defiance Mine, Vanadium Shaft, Defiance Lead

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -110.81541, 33.46952 (WGS84)
Elevation 1097
Relative position 5 MI NW OF GLOBE AND ABOUT 1.25 MI NE OF RADIUM ON PINAL CREEK AND 1.25 M1 NE OF RADIUM ON PINAL CREEK.
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arizona Gila

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Gila and Salt River 001N 015E 02 NW4 OF NW4 Arizona

Comments on the location information

  • VANADIUM SHAFT IS IN SEC 2. OTHER CLAIMS CONTINUE INTO SEC 34 . CLAIMS EXTEND INTO SEC 34, TO2N, RI5E.

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Vanadium Primary
Lead Primary
Molybdenum Secondary
Zinc Secondary
Copper Secondary
Silver Secondary
Gold Secondary
Semiprecious Gemstone Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • VANADINITE CRYSTALS ARE SOMETIMES RECOVERED AS COLLECTIBLES.

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Anglesite Ore
Brochantite Ore
Chrysocolla Ore
Covellite Ore
Descloizite Ore
Galena Ore
Malachite Ore
Mottramite Ore
Vanadinite Ore
Willemite Ore
Wulfenite Ore
Calcite Gangue
Diabase Gangue
Limonite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Chloritization, Clay-Sericite-Calcite

Analytical data

Result 14% V205, 0.17 OZ/T AU, 3.7 OZ/T AG, 19% PB, 3.7% ZN, 0.55% CU

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite > Diabase
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite > Diabase
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Quartzite
    Rock unit name Pioneer Quartzite (Apache Group)
    Rock description Pioneer Quartzite (Apache Group)

Nearby scientific data

(1) -110.81541, 33.46952

Geologic structures

Type of structure Local
Structure description Bottom Limit Of Ore Is Bedding Plane Fault Which Possibly Obstructed Mineralizing Solutions

Ore body information

  • Strike N35E
    Dip 80 SE
    Width 3.05M
    Length 457.2M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Narrow Band In Middle Part Of Fault Zone Where Quartzite & Diabase Gouge Are Altered To A White Porous Mass Of Clay, Sericite, And Calcite

Comments on the geologic information

  • MINERALIZATION ASSOCIATED WITH LCRET-TERT INTRUSIVE PERIOD.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Both metallic and non-metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1875
Year of first production 1929
Year of last production 1957

Mining district

District name Globe Hills District

Land status

Ownership category National Forest
Area name Tonto National Forest

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner Worley, Sprik, Hunter
    First year 1974

Comments on the production information

  • FIRST KNOWN PRODUCTION IN 1930 BY EDWARD C. O'BRIEN CO. SHIPPED 20 TONS VANADIUM CONCENTRATES (MOSTLY VANADINITE CRYSTALS)

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground
    Length 426.72M
    Overall depth 45.72M

Comments on the workings information

  • 2 SHAFTS & 1400 FT OF DRIFTS, CROSSCUTS, RAISES; VANADIUM SHAFT ( NO. 1) IS 150 FT DEEP WITH LEVELS AT 50 FT AND 150 FT; SHAFT NO. 2 IS 110 FT DEEP WITH LEVELS AT 30, 65, AND 110 FT BUT IS FILLED WITH WASTE ROCK TO 65 FT LEVEL; VEIN EXPLORED FOR 550 FT ALONG STRIKE AND PARTIALLY BACKFILLED . 2 SHAFTS WITH DRIFTS, CROSSCUTS, & RAISES.

Comments on development

  • PROPERTY INCLUDES 8 CLAIMS AND 2 FRACTIONS, PREVIOUS OWNERS/OPERATORS INCLUDE PFEISTER BROS (1913), D.S. MCDONALD AND FRANK CHISUM (1943) E.J. SIKES, J. RAGGIO, FRED GOAT (1973), MERCUR-KING CONSOLIDATED MINES LTD (1953).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M002970
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 0040070281

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    PETERSON, 1950, ABM BULL 156, P. 101.

  • Deposit

    PETERSON, 1962, USGS PP 342, P. 126.

  • Deposit

    WILSON, 1971, MINERAL. RECORD, V. 2, NO. 6, P. 252-258.

  • Deposit

    ADMR DEFIANCE FILE,

  • Deposit

    ABGMT CLIPPINGS FILES (DEFIANCE, APACHE),

  • Deposit

    ABGMT-USBM DATA,

  • Deposit

    BLAIR, GERRY, 1992, THE ROCKHOUND'S GUIDE TO ARIZONA: HELENA, MONTANA, FALCON PRESS, 165 P.

  • Other Database

    CIMRI

  • Production

    WILSON, 1971, P. 253

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit VEIN IS BOUNDED ON TOP BY DIABASE FLOW AND ON BOTTOM BY A BEDDING PLANE FAULT.
Deposit THIS REPORT REPRESENTS A MERGER OF ORIGINAL RECORD M002970 WITH RECORD M030444 OF JAN WILT IN MOLYBDENUM FILE, CONTACT PERSON T.G. THEODORE, USGS. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT
Deposit Discovery Year: LATE 1800'S

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-JUN-1983 Peterson, Jocelyn A. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-APR-1993 Orris, Greta J. U.S. Geological Survey