Bemis Hill

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10040330
MRDS ID M055048
MAS/MILS ID 51090020
Record type Site
Mineralized Area Arkansas Quicksilver District
Current site name Bemis Hill
Alternate or previous names Ozark Quicksilver Corp., French Men's Mine, Big Red, Ozark
Related records 10113991

Geographic coordinates

Point of reference Centroid
Geographic coordinates: -93.45806, 34.18134 (WGS84)
Location accuracy 500(meters)
Relative position 7 MI NE OF PIKE CITY, ARK. Bemis Hill prospects are scattered along the NW-trending hillside between Nutts and Twin Bridges.
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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 006S 023W 33;28 NW4; S2 SW4 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 Jackfort Sandstone
    Rock description Jackfort Penn. Sandstone
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pennsylvanian
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pennsylvanian

Nearby scientific data

Centroid (1) -93.45806, 34.18134

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Local Bemis Hill Mine Lies Between Amity Fault And South Branch Of Cowhide Fault.
Regional Thrust Faults, N-S Tear Faults, And Two Fold Systems. ; Reg.Trends: Thrust Faults From S In Late Paleozoic

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Faults Intersecting Sandstone, And Sharp Folds

Comments on the geologic information

  • GEOL.DESC: CARB. FMS 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 method Ore-Mineral In Place
Production years 1931-1934, 1935-1941

Mining district

District name Arkansas Quicksilver District

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner Ozan Graysonia Lumber Co.
    Year 1944
  • Type Unknown
    Owner Arkansas Quicksilver Co.
    Year 1965
    First year 1931
    Last year 1934
  • Type Operator
    Owner Mid Continent Quicksilver Corp.
    First year 1939

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Length 381M
    Overall depth 15.24M
  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Length 259.08M
    Overall depth 15.24M

Comments on the workings information

  • AS OF 1937, NUMEROUS TEST PITS, ONE OPEN CUT, FIVE ADITS TOTALLING 850 FT, 50 FT, SHAFT. LAST OPERATED 1941. And a glory hole (IC-8252, p. 80).

Comments on development

  • ECON.COM: ORE PRODUCED 7 OR MORE LB HG PER TON. 4 TO 20 LB ROCK

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M055048
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 51090020 =newMRDS 10113991, merged and deleted.

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS, 1937, BULL. 886-C

  • Deposit

    BAILEY, E.H., USGS, (PERSONAL FILES)

  • Deposit

    Chester, 1965, USBM IC-8252, p. 75-86.

  • Deposit

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

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 10113991
Reporter 1980-05-20 Rlw U.S. Bureau of Mines MAS 0051090020 = 10113991