Parnell Hill Mine

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10040355
MRDS ID M055078
MAS/MILS ID 51090066
Record type Site
Current site name Parnell Hill Mine
Alternate or previous names Parney Hill
Related records 10284176

Geographic coordinates

Point of reference Pit
Geographic coordinates: -93.71111, 34.1675 (WGS84)
Elevation 177
Location accuracy 25(meters)
Relative position 6 MI NNW OF MURFREESBORO. Coordinates are for unlabeled "Mine" symbol on topo.
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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 SWSW Arkansas

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Mercury Primary
Antimony Secondary

Materials information

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

Alteration

  • (Local) Argillic Alteration

Analytical data

Result UNSORTED ORE RAN 12 TO 15 LB PER TON, SORTED ORE RAN APPROX. 38 LB HG PER TON.

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Sandstone
    Rock unit name Gap Ridge Sandstone Member, Sandstone;Stanley Shale, Sandstone & Shale
    Rock description Gap Ridge Sandstone Member, Sandstone;Stanley Shale, Sandstone & Shale
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pennsylvanian

Nearby scientific data

Pit (1) -93.71111, 34.1675

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Local Fold Near Middle Of Hill. Strike-Slip Fault Of 600-1500. Ft. Displacement.
Regional Thrust Faults, N-S Tear Faults, And Two Fold Systems ; Reg.Trends: Thrust Faults From S In Late Paleozoic

Ore body information

  • General form PIPE AND TABULAR
    Strike N 5 W
    Dip 75 E

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Fault Surfaces, Fault Intersections, Sharp Folds, Intersections Of Sandstone Beds With Main Fault Zone.

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 1931
Discoverer Leo Yount
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place

Mining district

District name Arkansas Quicksilver District

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner Parnell Carrol Tract
    Year 1944
  • Type Operator
    Owner Mercury Producers, Inc.
  • Type Owner
    Owner Arkansas Quicksilver Mines, Inc.
    First year 1941
  • Type Unknown
    Owner Leo Yount
    Year 1942
  • Type Owner
    Owner J.G. Parker
    Home office (sold to Leo Yount)
    Year 1942
  • Type Unknown
    Owner Southwestern Quicksilver Col
    Year 1942
    First year 1932

Production statistics

  • Year 1960
    Period To 1960
    Material HG
    Accuracy Estimate
    Description Cp_Grade: ^12-15 Lb/Ton
    Importance Item Commodity Group Amount recovered Grade Recovery percentage
    Major Mercury Mercury 6099g/mt

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • POOR CHANCES FOR FUTURE PRODUCTION. SOME RESERVES OF 2 LB HG PER TON ROCK AS OF MID 1940'S.

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Overall depth 57M
  • Type of workings Surface/Underground

Comments on the workings information

  • AS OF 1942, PROPERTY DEVELOPED BY CUTS UP TO 60 FT DEEP. SHAFTS AND INCLINES EXTEND FROM CUTS DOWN TO A MAXIMUM DEPTH OF 187 FT. ONE SHAFT IS 94 FT. DEEP. 1000 FT OF TOTAL WORKINGS. LAST OPERATED 1944.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M055078
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 51090066 =newMRDS 10284176, merged and deleted.

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Reed and Wells, 1938, USGS BULL. 886-C, p. 78.

  • Deposit

    Gallagher, 1942, USGS BULL. 936-H

  • Deposit

    DIREXPL U.S. BUREAU MINES, DRILLINg

  • Deposit

    Chester, 1965, USBM IC-8252, p. 81, 85.

  • Production

    USGS, 1937, 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 ORE SHOOT FOLLOWS SHALE SANDSTONE CONTACT. OR FAULT SURFACES. STRIKE AND DIP ABOVE REFER TO ONE SMALL FAULT.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 1973-09-01 Bergquist, Joel R. U.S. Geological Survey
Editor 2012-11-16 Wilson, Anna B U.S. Geological Survey merged and deleted duplicate record 10284176
Reporter 1980-05-20 Rlw U.S. Bureau of Mines MAS 0051090066 = 10284176