Shoshone Mines

Past Producer in Inyo county in California, United States with commodities Lead, Zinc, Silver, Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10033994
MRDS ID M020661
Record type Site
Current site name Shoshone Mines
Alternate or previous names Alexander, Apex Construction, Black Prince, Columbia No. 2, Grant, Gunsight, Mabel, Noonday, Oro Fino, Rainbow and War Eagle.
Related records 10134933, 10163308

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -116.10225, 35.83888 (WGS84)
Relative position 7 MILES EAST OF TECOPA
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States California Inyo

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
San Bernardino 020N 008E 09,10,14,15,16,22,23,27 California

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary
Silver Secondary
Gold Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Anglesite Ore

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Dolomite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -116.10225, 35.83888

Geologic structures

Type of structure Local
Structure description Faults

Ore body information

  • Strike N 10 - 4 SW
    Dip 30 - 60 NE

Controls for ore emplacement

  • In Part By Series Of Cross Fractures And Faults Which Strike North And Dip Vertical.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Large
Significant Yes
Production years 1907 - 1953

Comments on the production information

  • OVER 160,000 TONS OF ORE BETWEEN 1907 - 1931 , AVG. SMELTER RECOVER 12 % PB. THE ALEXANDER, GRANT, AND NOONDAY PRODUCED 40,000,000 LBS. OF PB. BETWEEN 1914 - 1931 WAR EAGLE & COLOMBIA PRODUCED 36,000,000 LBS. OF PB, AND 8,000,000 LBS. ZN FROM 1942 - 1948 . SINCE 1949 , GROUP HAS PRODUCED OVER 29,000,000 LBS. PB AND 8,000,000 LBS. ZN. RECENT YEARS, AVG. 8.8 % PB, 6 % ZN AND 4 OZ. AG/TON. APPROXIMATELY 1/3 OF ORE RECENTLY HAS BEEN OF SHIPPING GRADE, AVG. 24 % PB, 4.9 % ZN, 10.5 OZ AG AND .16 OZ AU PER TON.

Comments on the workings information

  • COLUMBIA NO. 2 HAS A 765 FT. SHAFT INCLINED AT 36 DEG. AND A 200 FT. INCLINED WINZE AT BOTTOM OF SHAFT, LATERAL WORKINGS TOTAL SEVERAL THOUSAND FEET.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M020661

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    GOODWIN, J. G., 1957 , LEAD AND ZINC IN CALIFORNIA; CALIF. JOUR. MINES AND GEOLOGY, VOL. 53 , NO. 3 & 4 ; DIV. OF MINES, P. 510 - 511

  • Deposit

    NORMAN, L. A. AND STEWART, R. J., 1951 , MINES AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF INYO COUNTY; CALIF. JOUR. MINES AND GEOLOGY, VOL. 47 , NO. 1 ; DIV. OF MINES, P. 80 - 81 .

  • Production

    GOODWIN, J. G., 1957 , P. 510 - 511 (SEE REF.)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit ORE OCCURS IN REPLACEMENT AND FISSURE VEINS, MOST OCCURS ALONG A STEEPLY DIPPING FAULT WHICH STRIKES NW.
Deposit MINE CLOSED IN MARCH 1953 , EXPLORATION FAILED TO DEVELOP. FURTHER HIGH-GRADE RESERVED. NOONDAY, GUNSIGHT AND GRANT MINES HAVE INDIVIDUAL REPORTS.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-AUG-1978 Fraticelli, L. A. (Albers, J.) U.S. Geological Survey