Minnie Mine

Past Producer in Lander county in Nevada, United States with commodities Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead, Zinc, Arsenic

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10044036
MRDS ID M231355
Record type Site
Current site name Minnie Mine
Alternate or previous names Tomboy-Minnie Mine

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -117.1165, 40.52546 (WGS84)
Elevation 1768
Relative position 15 MILES SW OF TOWN OF BATTLE MOUNTAIN
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Nevada Lander

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Mount Diablo 031N 043E 27 Nevada

Comments on the location information

  • LOCATED ON W. SIDE BOX CANYON. NOTE THAT THE LOCATION FOR MINNIE MINE GIVEN IN PLATE 3 OF ROBERTS AND ARNOLD (1965) IS INCORRECT. MINNIE MINE ADJOINS TOMBOY MINE TO THE NE.

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Silver Primary
Copper Secondary
Lead Secondary
Zinc Tertiary
Arsenic Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Actinolite Gangue
Chlorite Gangue
Clay Gangue
Marcasite Gangue
Pyrrhotite Gangue
Sphalerite Gangue
Tremolite Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Prograde Skarn, Retrograde Skarn

Analytical data

Result H. B. CHESSHER, THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY C. 1965, STATED THAT A SMALL ORE BLOCK HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED AVERAGING 0.15 OPT AU.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 59
USGS model code 18b
Deposit model name Skarn Cu
Mark3 model number 8

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Shale
    Rock unit name Harmony Formation;Copper Canyon Granodiorite
    Rock description Harmony Formation;Copper Canyon Granodiorite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pennsylvanian
  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Siltstone
  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Sandstone
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Conglomerate
    Rock unit name Battle Formation
    Rock description Battle Formation;

Nearby scientific data

(1) -117.1165, 40.52546

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Regional Golconda Thrust
Local N-S Trending Faults; Nw-Trending Faults

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Fractures, Interstices In Basal Conglomerate Of Battle Formation

Comments on the geologic information

  • METALS DISPLAY A ZONATION PATTERN AROUND THE DEPOSITS: ANOMALOUS AU, AG OUTLINE DEPOSITS WHERE THEY OCCUR AT OR NEAR SURFACE, SURROUNDED BY PERIPHERAL HALOES OF ANOMALOUS PB AND ZN, RESPECTIVELY. AU DEPOSITION OCCURRED PENECONTEMPORANEOUSLY WITH REPLACEMENT OF EARLY DIOPSIDE ALTERATION ASSEMBLAGES BY ACTINOLITE AND CHLORITE.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year <1942
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place
Year of first production <1942
Year of last production 1982
Production years PRE-1942; 1978-1982

Mining district

District name Battle Mountain District

Land status

Ownership category Private

Ownership information

  • Type Operator
    Owner Duval Corp. (Now Battle Mountain Gold Co.)
  • Type Owner
    Owner Battle Mountain Gold Co.

Comments on the production information

  • LESS THAN $5,000 WORTH OF PRODUCTION UP TO THE TIME OF DUVAL'S ACQUISITION OF THE PROPERTY IN 1968. 1978-1982 CUMULATIVE PRODUCTION FIGURES REPRESENT COMBINED PRODUCTION FOR TOMBOY AND MINNIE DEPOSITS.

Comments on the workings information

  • ADITS, TRENCHES, OPEN PIT.

Comments on development

  • 14 HOLES WERE DRILLED IN 1942 BY INTERNATIONAL SMELTING AND REFINING CO. MINED BY DUVAL CORP. (NOW BATTLE MOUNTAIN GOLD CO.) 1978-1982.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M231355

Bibliographic references

  • Analytical Data

    ROBERTS, R.J., AND ARNOLD, D.C., 1965, ORE DEPOSITS OF THE ANTLER PEAK QUADRANGLE, HUMBOLDT AND LANDER COUNTIES, NEVADA, USGS BULL. 459-B.

  • Deposit

    BLAKE, D.W., AND KRETSCHMER, E.L., 1980, GOLD DEPOSITS AT COPPER CANYON, LANDER CO, NEV.; ABSTRACT; AIME PRECIOUS METALS SYMPOSIUM, RENO, NEV.

  • Deposit

    BLAKE, D.W., KRETSCHMER, E.L., AND THEODORE, T.G., 1978, GEOLOGY AND MINERALIZATION OF THE COPPER CANYON DEPOSITS, LANDER CO, NEV; IN GUIDEBOOK TO MINERAL DEPOSITS OF THE CENTRAL GREAT BASIN: NEV. BUREAU OF MINES REPORT 32, P.45-48.

  • Deposit

    STEWART, J.H., MCKEE, E.H., STAGER, H.K., 1977, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA; NEV. BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOL, BULL. 88.

  • Deposit

    VANDERBURG, 1939, RECONNAISSANCE OF MINING DISTRICTS IN LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA, USBM INFORMATION CIRCULAR 7043.

  • Deposit

    JACKSON, D., 1982, HOW DUVAL TRANSFORMED ITS BATTLE MOUNTAIN PROPERTIES FROM COPPER TO GOLD, ENGINEERING AND MINING JOURNAL, VOL. 183, NO. 10, P. 95-99.

  • Deposit

    THEODORE, T. G., HOWE, S. S., BLAKE, D. W., AND WOTRUBA, P. R., 1986, GEOCHEMICAL AND FLUID ZONATION IN THE SKARN ENVIRONMENT AT THE TOMBOY-MINNIE GOLD DEPOSITS, LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA, JOURNAL OF GEOCHEMICAL EXPLORATION, VOL. 25, P. 99-128.

  • Deposit

    THEODORE, T. G., 1971, GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE COPPER CANYON AREA, BATTLE MOUNTAIN MINING DISTRICT, LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA, USGS OPEN FILE REPORT 71-282.

  • Deposit

    THEODORE, T. G., HOWE, S. S., AND BLAKE, D. W., 1990, THE TOMBOY-MINNIE GOLD DEPOSITS AT COPPER CANYON, LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA, USGS BULL. 1857E, P. E43-E55.

  • Production

    1978-1982 CUMULATIVE PRODUCTION: THEODORE, T. G., HOWE, S. S., BLAKE, D. W., AND WOTRUBA, P. R., 1986, GEOCHEMICAL AND FLUID ZONATION IN THE SKARN ENVIRONMENT AT THE TOMBOY-MINNIE GOLD DEPOSITS, LANDER COUNTY, NEVADA, JOURNAL OF GEOCHEMICAL EXPLORATION, VOL. 25, P. 99-128.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit ORIGINAL WORKINGS CONSISTED OF 4 ADITS AND SEVERAL SMALL TRENCHES AND PITS. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Deposit REFER ALSO TO TOMBOY MINE (RECORD #231379).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-DEC-1980 La Pointe, D. D. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Updater 01-OCT-1992 Phinisey, J. D. (Marcus, S.) U.S. Geological Survey