Red Bird Mine

Producer in Pershing county in Nevada, United States with commodities Mercury, Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10040308
MRDS ID M055021
Record type Site
Current site name Red Bird Mine
Alternate or previous names Antelope Springs, Dolbear, Rowland-Young
Related records 10125087

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -118.17153, 40.16684 (WGS84)
Elevation 1710
Relative position S. END HUMBOLDT RANGE
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Nevada Pershing

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Mount Diablo 27N 34E 33 Nevada

Comments on the location information

  • 1 MI. NE OF JUNIPER MINE, SW 1/4 SEC. 33

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Mercury Primary
Gold Secondary
Silver Secondary
Copper Secondary
Lead Secondary
Antimony Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Bindheimite Ore
Cinnabar Ore
Mercury Ore
Pyrite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Stibnite Ore
Aragonite Gangue
Calcite Gangue
Cerussite Gangue
Hemimorphite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 177
USGS model code 27a
Deposit model name Hot-spring Hg

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Mafic Volcanic Rock > Basalt
    Rock unit name Diabase Dikes
    Rock description Diabase Dikes
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pleistocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Triassic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Early Jurassic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone
    Rock unit name Lower Unit Of Post-Dun Glen Strata
    Rock description Lower Unit Of Post-Dun Glen Strata

Nearby scientific data

(1) -118.17153, 40.16684

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Regional Relief Fault (Thrust) N40w ; Reg.Trends: N 40 W
Local Replacement In Ls Occurs Along Fractures Under Shale In Synclinal Axis

Ore body information

  • General form PIPE
    Strike N70W
    Dip MODERATE TO STEEP
    Thickness 2.44M
    Width 15.24M
    Length 22.86M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Replacement Along Fractures In Limestone Under Shale In Synclinal Axis

Comments on the geologic information

  • ORE BODIES WERE OF TWO TYPES. FIRST TYPE-MOST OF THE ORE WAS FORMED BY VEINLETS AND DISSEMINATED CRYSTALS OF CINNABAR IN A BODY OF CRUSHED LIMESTONE LYING BETWEEN TWO FAULTS. THE SECOND TYPE LAY IN A PIPE-LIKE BODY THAT WAS PROBABLY A PRE-EXISTING LEAD-ZINC ORE BODY. MOST OF THIS ORE WAS RUGGY AND CONTAINED MUCH PULVERULENT CINNABAR TOGETHER WITH BINDHEIMITE AND OXIDATION PRODUCTS WHICH INCLUDE LIMONITE, CERUSSITE, HEMIMORPHITE AND SB-OXIDES. DEPOSITS ARE FOLDED AND FAULTED INTO NW TRENDING RIDGES. SOUTH PART OF AREA-FANGLOMERATES; NORTH-BASALTS. ; MAJOR.UNITS: UPPER TRI - LOWER JUR SEDIMENTARY ROCKS

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1907
Year of first production 1914
Production years 1914-1915, 1929-1931, 1937-1939, 1941-1949

Mining district

District name Antelope Springs

Land status

Ownership category Private

Ownership information

  • Type Operator
    Owner Crofoot Lumber Co.
    First year 1967
  • Type Owner
    Owner Clarence Young
    First year 1965

Comments on the production information

  • 1463 FL TO END OF 1943

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground
    Length 609.6M
    Overall depth 76.2M

Comments on the workings information

  • ABOUT 2000 FT OF ADITS

Comments on development

  • FROM 1914 TO 1960'S MINES IN THE DISTRICT WERE WORKED.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M055021

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    JOHNSON, M.G., 1977, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF PERSHING COUNTY, NEVADA; NBMG BULL. 89

  • Deposit

    BAILEY AND PHOENIX, 1944, QUICKSILVER DEPOSITS IN NEVADA: NBMG BULL. 41, P. 167-168

  • Deposit

    LAWRENCE, F.C., 1963, ANTIMONY DEPOSITS OF NEVADA; NBMG BULL. 61, P. 167

  • Deposit

    HOLMES, 1965, MERCURY IN NEVADA; USBM 1C 8252, P. 250

  • Deposit

    1955 DIREXPL DME

  • Production

    USBM UNPUB DATA

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit DISCOVERED IN 1907 BUT NO RECORD OF PRODUCTION PRIOR TO 1914. THE WORKINGS CONSIST OF ABOUT 2,000 FT. OF ADITS. FROM 1914 TO 1960'S MINES IN DISTRICT WERE WORKED. THE DEPOSITS ARE MAINLY REPLACEMENT DEPOSITS OF CINNABAR IN CARBONATE AND ARE LOCALIZED BELOW THE CARBONATE-SHALE CONTACT BETWEEN STEEPLY DIPPING FAULTS. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Deposit THE DEPOSITS ARE MAINLY REPLACEMENT DEPOSITS OF CINNABAR IN CARBONATE AND ARE LOCALIZED BELOW THE CARBONATE-SHALE CONTACT BETWEEN STEEPLY DIPPING FAULTS. ORE BODIES ARE OF TWO TYPES. IN THE FIRST TYPE, MOST OF THE ORE WAS FORMED BY VEINLETS AND DISSEMINATED CRYSTALS OF CINNABAR IN A BODY OF CRUSHED LIMESTONE LYING BETWEEN TWO FAULTS. THE SECOND TYPE LAY IN A PIPE-LIKE BODY THAT WAS PROBABLY A PRE-EXISTING LEAD-ZINC ORE BODY. MOST OF THIS ORE WAS RUGGY AND CONTAINED MUCH PULVERULENT CINNABAR TOGETHER WITH BINDHEIMITE AND OXIDATION PRODUCTS WHICH INCLUDE LIMONITE, CERUSSITE, HEMIMORPHITE AND SB-OXIDES. DEPOSITS ARE FOLDED AND FAULTED INTO NW TRENDING RIDGES. SOUTH PART OF AREA-FANGLOMERATES, NORTH-BASALTS.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-NOV-1973 Bergquist, Joel R. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Updater 01-OCT-1980 Royse, Sue E. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Updater 01-SEP-1994 Li, Zhiping (Peters, S.) U.S. Geological Survey