Hales Mine

Past Producer in Pike county in Arkansas, United States with commodities Mercury, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10040327
MRDS ID M055043
MAS/MILS ID 51090013
Record type Site
Mineralized Area Arkansas Quicksilver District
Current site name Hales Mine
Alternate or previous names Ajax Mine, Hale's Mine, Hales Mining and Development Co., Crocket Mining Co., Norton and Wright, Ajax Mercury Co., Hales
Related records 10211189

Geographic coordinates

Point of reference Main Entrance
Geographic coordinates: -93.70667, 34.17278 (WGS84)
Elevation 226
Location accuracy 250(meters)
Relative position 5 MILES NNW OF MURFREESBORO. Coordinates are for the Mine symbol on topo just west of center section. Less than 500 ft. from the U.S. Mercury Co. Mine. (see pl. 28, Bull. 936-H)
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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 025W 6 SE NW Arkansas

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Mercury Primary
Antimony Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Calomel Ore
Cinnabar Ore
Metacinnabar Ore
Stibiconite Ore
Stibnite Ore
Dickite Gangue
Goethite Gangue
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Argillic Alteration

Host and associated rocks

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

Nearby scientific data

Main Entrance (1) -93.70667, 34.17278

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Local Cowhide Thrust Fault Has Thrust Jackfork Ss And Stanley Shale Over Atoka Fm.
Regional Thrust Faults, N-S Tear Faults, And Two Fold Systems ; Reg.Trends: Thrust Faults From S In Late Paleozoic

Ore body information

  • Strike E-W
    Dip SOUTH
    Width 1.07M
    Length 7.01M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Ore Is Localized Along Footwall Side Of An E-W Trending Thrust Fault. Fault Intersections, Sharp Folds, And Intersection Of Sandstone Beds With Main Fault Zone Are Also Favorable.

Comments on the geologic information

  • GEOL.DESC: CARBONIFEROUS FORMATIONS DIP S AND ARE DEFORMED BY THRUST FAULTS, TEAR FAULTS, BEDDING PLANE FAULTS, AND FOLDS

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation type Surface-Underground
Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1940
Discoverer Max A. Crockett
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place

Mining district

District name Arkansas Quicksilver District

Ownership information

  • Type Operator
    Owner Ozan Graysonia Lumber Co.
    Year 1943
  • Type Operator
    Owner Crockett Mining Co.
    First year 1941
  • Type Owner
    Owner Dr. G. P. Mcnaughton, Miami, Ok., Clinton Wright, Chitopa, Ka.
  • Type Owner
    Owner Hales Mining and Development Co.
    Year 1942
    Last year 1940

Production statistics

  • Year 1943
    Period 1940-1943
    Material HG
    Accuracy Estimate
    Description Cp_Grade: ^5 Lb/Ton
    Importance Item Commodity Group Amount recovered Grade Recovery percentage
    Major Mercury Mercury 2259g/mt

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • POOR CHANCES FOR FUTURE PRODUCTION. SOME RESERVES OF LESS THAN 2 LB ROCK.

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Overall depth 42.67M
  • Type of workings Surface/Underground

Comments on the workings information

  • AS OF 1942, 750 FT OF TRENCHES HAVE BEEN BULLDOZED. A SHAFT 140 FT DEEP AND DRIFTS HAVE BEEN CUT. LAST OPERATED 1946

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M055043
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 51090013 =newMRDS 10211189, merged and deleted.

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    BUREAU MINES REPT. OF INV. 4737

  • Deposit

    USGS, 1942, BULL. 936-H.

  • Deposit

    BAILEY, E. H., USGS, PERSONAL FILES

  • Deposit

    1941 DIREXPL U.S. BUREAU MINES, DRILLIN

  • Production

    USBM DATA

  • Deposit

    Chester, 1965, USBM IC-8252, p. 83.

  • 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 ORE BODY WAS DISCOVERED ON 72 FT. LEVEL. OTHER ORE OCCURS AT THE 108 FT. LEVEL AND THE 140 FT. LEVEL. AT THE 140 FT. LEVEL A 3 IN WIDE QTZ VEIN WITH 2 FT OF MINERALIZATION ON EITHER SIDE OCCURS.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 1973-09-01 Bergquist, Joel R. U.S. Geological Survey
Editor 2012-11-08 Wilson, Anna B U.S. Geological Survey merged and deleted duplicate record 10211189
Reporter 1980-07-16 Rlw U.S. Bureau of Mines MAS 0051090013 = newMRDs 10211189