Silver Bell-Martinez Mine

Past Producer in Pinal county in Arizona, United States with commodities Silver, Lead, Copper, Gold, Zinc, Barium-Barite, Fluorine-Fluorite

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10048301
MRDS ID M899858
Record type Site
Current site name Silver Bell-Martinez Mine
Alternate or previous names Columbia, Silver-Bell, Martinez
Related records 10210499

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -111.1582, 33.1762 (WGS84)
Elevation 853
Relative position 4.2 MILES E OF MINERAL MOUNTAIN (ELV. 3351)
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arizona Pinal

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Gila and Salt River 003S 012E 18 CENTER OF N2; CENTER OF SE Arizona

Comments on the location information

  • LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF MARTINEZ CANYON, THE CLAIMS RUN FROM SOUTH TO NORTH ALONG THE EAST SIDE OF SECTION 18. UTM TAKEN TO SILVER BELL SHAFT. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1978)

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Lead Primary
Copper Secondary
Gold Secondary
Zinc Secondary
Barium-Barite Tertiary
Fluorine-Fluorite Tertiary

Comments on the commodity information

  • ABUNDANT GALENA NODULES.

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Anglesite Ore
Cerargyrite Ore
Chrysocolla Ore
Embolite Ore
Galena Ore
Hematite Ore
Limonite Ore
Pyromorphite Ore
Fluorite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Strong Oxidation Throughout Mine

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Schist
    Rock unit name Pinal Schist
    Rock description Pinal Schist
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Felsic Volcanic Rock > Rhyolite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -111.1582, 33.1762

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Regional Faulting And Shearing In Rhyolite Overlying Pinal Schist
Local Silver Bell Main Vein N8w 67 W. N To Nne Trending Faults, In Area Short Nw Trending Fault At Martinez Shaft, S End Of Mines

Ore body information

  • General form TABULAR, LENS
    Strike N 15 W TO N 15 E
    Dip 67 W
    Thickness 167.64M
    Width 6.1M
    Length 1219.2M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Along Fault Zones, Veins And Veinlets

Comments on the geologic information

  • EARLIER INTERPRETATIONS OF PRECAMBRIAN MINERALIZATION AND PRECAMBRIAN HOST ROCKS INCORRECT.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Both metallic and non-metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant Yes
Discovery year <1880
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place
Year of first production 1880
Year of last production 1971

Mining district

District name Martinez Canyon District

Land status

Ownership category Private

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner Bail, Own And Wingfield (B. O. W.) Mining Co.
    First year 1966
    Last year 1968
  • Type Operator
    Owner Bail, Own And Wingfield (B. O. W.) Mining Co.
    First year 1966
    Last year 1968
  • Type Operator
    Owner California Steel Products Co.
    First year 1944
    Last year 1946
  • Type Operator
    Owner Wall, O. H.
    First year 1940
  • Type Operator
    Owner Sunbeam Gold Mining Co.
    First year 1937
    Last year 1938
  • Type Operator
    Owner United Arizona Mines
    First year 1951
    Last year 1952
  • Type Operator
    Owner Silver Bell Consolidated
    First year 1940
    Last year 1943
  • Type Operator
    Owner J. W. Wingfield, Paul Bryant, Richard Malik
    First year 1940
    Last year 1943

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Length 792.48M
    Overall depth 167.64M
    Overall length 1219.2M

Comments on the workings information

  • TWO MINES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED ON THE PROPERTY. THE SILVERBELL-COLUMBIA MINE HAS VARIOUS ADIT LEVELS, INTERIOR SHAFTS, WINZES, AND DRIFTS OVER A 500 FT STRIKE LENGTH AND A VERTICAL DEPTH OF 300 FT. THE MARTINEZ MINE HAS BEEN DEVELOPED APPROX 900 FT ALONG STRIKE AND TO A DEPTH OF 200 FT BY AN INCLINED SHAFT, AND 3 INTERMEDIATE ADIT LEVELS.

Comments on development

  • 24 UNPATENTED CLAIMS, 3 PATENTED, SILVER BELL, COLUMBIA, AND MARTINEZ, ALL 3 PATENTED IN 1890-1891. PREVIOUS OWNERS INCLUDE: G.F. BONT (1957), SILVER BELL CONSOLIDATED MINING CO.(1942), CALIFORNIA STEEL PRODUCTS CO. (1944), SUNBEAM GOLD MINING CO. (1934), UNITED ARIZONA MINES (1951), MARTINEZ MINING CO. (1947), GEORGE P. MANGUS (1922).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M899858
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 0040210756

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USBM-ABGMT PRODUCTION FILE DATA.

  • Deposit

    ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL RESOURCES FILE DATA.

  • Deposit

    ABGMT CLIPPINGS FILE DATA.

  • Deposit

    USBM FILE DATA, CLUSTER #754.

  • Deposit

    SCHMIDT, E.A., GEOLOGY OF THE MINERAL MOUNTAIN QUAD, PINAL COUNTY, ARIZONA: UNIV OF AZ THESIS, 1967, P. 77-78.

  • Deposit

    USGS OFR 78-468, 1978.

  • Deposit

    NIEMUTH, N.J., 1987, ARIZONA MINERAL DEVELOPMENT 1984-1986: ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF MINES AND MINERAL RESOURCES DIRECTORY 29, 46 P.

  • Deposit

    SAWYER, M.B., GURMENDI, A.C., DALEY, M.R., AND HOWELL, S.B., 1992, PRINCIPAL DEPOSITS OF STRATEGIC AND CRITICAL MINERALS IN ARIZONA: U.S. BUREAU OF MINES SPECIAL PUBLICATION, 334 P.

  • Other Database

    CIMRI

  • Reserve-Resource

    NIEMUTH, 1987.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit LEAD, SILVER, SOME COPPER AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF ZINC OCCURS IN FAULTED AND SHEARED RHYOLITE OVERLYING PINAL SCHIST. COPPER MINERALIZATION PRESENT AT THE 200 FT LEVEL. THE SILVER BELL-COLUMBIA MINES HAVE A HIGH SILVER-LOW LEAD RATIO ORE WHILE THE MARTINEZ IS HIGH LEAD-LOW SILVER RATIO.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-MAR-1982 Laraba, Peter (Gest, Don E.) Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology
Updater 01-FEB-1993 Orris, Greta J. U.S. Geological Survey