Parker Prospect

Past Producer in Pike county in Arkansas, United States with commodity Mercury

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10040324
MRDS ID M055040
MAS/MILS ID 51090065
Record type Site
Current site name Parker Prospect
Alternate or previous names Big Six Mining Co., Big Six, Bradley Shaft, Big Six Mine
Related records 10138693

Comments on the site identification

  • Probably includes prospect #12 of Clardy and Bush (p. 23).

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -93.72694, 34.15167 (WGS84)
Elevation 232
Relative position 4.5 MI NNE OF MURFREESBORO
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arkansas Pike

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
5th Principal 007S 026W 12 SE SW Arkansas

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Mercury Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Sandstone
    Rock unit name Jackfork Sandstone Penn. Sandstone
    Rock description Jackfork Sandstone Penn. Sandstone
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pennsylvanian
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pennsylvanian

Nearby scientific data

(1) -93.72694, 34.15167

Geologic structures

Type of structure Local
Structure description Thrust Faults, Close Folds

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Ore Located Along Fault Zone And Along Joint Surfaces.

Comments on the geologic information

  • GEOL.DESC: THE STANLEY SHALE, JACKFORK SANDSTONE, AND ATOKA FORMATION, ALL OF CARBONIFEROUS AGE, HAVE A STEEP REGIONAL SOUTH DIP. STRONG THRUST FAULTING FROM THE SOUTH IN LATE PALEOZOIC TIME HAS THRUST JACKFORK SANDSTONE AND STANLEY SHALE OVER THE ATOKA FORMATION AND HAS CAUSED SOME DUPLICATION IN BEDDING. THE OVERTHRUST BLOCK IS ALSO CUT BY NORTHEAST TEAR FAULTS, NORTH-SOUTH FAULTS ON WHICH THE WEST SIDE MOVED RELATIVELY NORTHWARD, AND BEDDING PLANE FAULTS. THESE FAULTS ARE ATTRIBUTED TO EAST-WEST COMPRESSION WHICH ALSO PRODUCED TWO TYPES OF SMALL FOLDS. SEEN IN PLAN THE LATTER HAVE SHARP "Z" SHAPE OR "S" SHAPE. BOTH TYPES OF FOLDS, AS WELL AS SMALL DRAG FOLDS ALONG FAULTS, ARE LOCI OF ORE DEPOSITION.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation type Underground
Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place
Year of last production 1942

Mining district

District name Arkansas Quicksilver District

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner G.J. Parker
    Year 1965
  • Type Owner
    Owner Big Six Mining Co., Inc.
    Year 1942
    First year 1937
  • Type Owner
    Owner Big Six Mining Co.
    Year 1942
    First year 1939
  • Type Operator
    Owner Mcnaughton Mercury Co.

Comments on the ownership information

  • Bull. 936 indicates there are two different Big Six Mining Co.s. They exchanged ownership in 1939.

Comments on the production information

  • SEE INDIVIDUAL MINES

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Overall depth 70.1M
  • Type of workings Underground

Comments on the workings information

  • ONE 230 FT. SHAFT. ONE 215 FT. SHAFT. 760 FT. CROSSCUT. DRIFTS AND STOPES ALSO CUT. LAST OPERATED 1942.

Comments on development

  • ABANDONED 1942.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M055040
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 51090065 =newMRDS 10138693, merged and deleted.
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 51090021 =newMRDS 10187005, merged and deleted.

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Reed and Wells, 1938, USGS BULL. 886-C

  • Deposit

    Gallagher, 1942, USGS BULL. 936-H

  • Deposit

    BAILEY, E.H. USGS, PERSONAL FILES

  • Deposit

    Chester, 1965, USBM IC-8252, p. 85.

  • Production

    USGS, 1938, BULL 886-C

  • Deposit

    Clardy, B.F., and Bush, W.V., 1976, Mercury district of southwest Arkansas: Arkansas Geological Commission Information Circular 23, 57 p.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Discovery Year: EARLY 1930'S
Deposit ORE COATS FRACTURE SURFACES.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 1973-09-01 Bergquist, Joel R. U.S. Geological Survey
Editor 2012-11-15 Wilson, Anna B U.S. Geological Survey merged and deleted duplicate records 10138693 and 10187005
Reporter 1980-05-20 Rlw U.S. Bureau of Mines 0051090065 = 10138693 0051090021 = 10187005