Flux Mines

Producer in Santa Cruz county in Arizona, United States with commodities Zinc, Lead, Copper, Silver, Gold, Manganese

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10048344
MRDS ID M899931
Record type Site
Current site name Flux Mines
Alternate or previous names Goshen Mine
Related records 10234314

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -110.75485, 31.48847 (WGS84)
Elevation 1463
Relative position 4 MILES SOUTH OF PATAGONIA
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arizona Santa Cruz

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Gila and Salt River 022S 016E 30 SE OF SW Arizona

Comments on the location information

  • LOCATED AT HEAD OF FLUX GULCH (A PARALLEL SOUTHWESTERN TRIBUTARY OF ALUM GULCH) ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1979)

Commodities

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

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Chrysocolla Ore
Galena Ore
Pyrite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Chlorite Gangue
Epidote Gangue
Hematite Gangue
Hornblende Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Surface Oxidation To Depths Of 250 Ft; Pyrite Gossan At Surface; Chloritic, Silicic, And Propylitic Wall Rock Alteration; Limestone Is Highly Crystalline, Crus Hed, Brecciated And Altered

Analytical data

Result ASSAY VALUES AVERAGE 8% ZN, 5% PB, 2.5% CU, 5 OZ/TON AG, MINOR AU, 2.5% MN

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 60
USGS model code 18c
Deposit model name Skarn Zn-Pb
Mark3 model number 22

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Quartzite
    Rock unit name Mt. Wrightson Formation
    Rock description Mt. Wrightson Formation
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Triassic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Triassic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Jurassic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Felsic Volcanic Rock > Rhyolite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -110.75485, 31.48847

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Regional Nw Trending Harshaw Creek Fault (N30w); General Structure Common To Regional Formations Is A Sheeting Which Dips 40nnw; Jurassic-Triassic Volcanics Contain Isolated Blocks Of Late Paleozoic Limestone With Some Associated Conglomerate And Shale
Local E-W Trending Aplite Dike Intruding Volcanic Country Rock

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR ORE SHOOTS
    Strike N50W-N70W
    Dip 45SW-VERTICAL
    Width 9.14M
    Length 2413.95M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Complex Fault System; Ore Mainly Occurs In N-S Trending Shear Zone Or Lode (The Flux Lode); Lode Narrows With Depth

Comments on the geologic information

  • PALEOZOIC SEDIMENTS IN MINE AREA ARE LOCALLY INTRUDED BY QUARTZ MONZONITE (?) AND GRANITIC APLITE; PROPERTY NEAR GREAT FAULT CONTACT BETWEEN THE RHYOLITE PORPHYRY OF FLUX MINE AND GRANITE PORPHYRY OF THREE R MOUNTAIN; HARSHAW CREEK FAULT IS MARKED BY BOLDLY CROPPING SILICIFIED REEF EXTENDING FOR SEVERAL MILES IN EITHER DIRECTION FROM MINE; LIMESTONE IS PRESENT ON ALL LEVELS OF MINE AND GENERALLY DIPS TO SE; FLUX LODE TO SOUTH OF MINE IS ASSOCIATED WITH LIMESTONE WHICH ACCOMPANIES IT IN THE FORM OF A REEF; LODE TO NORTH OF MINE LIES MAINLY IN RHYOLITE

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Medium
Significant Yes
Discovery year 1855
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place
Year of first production 1884
Year of last production 1963

Mining district

District name Harshaw District

Land status

Ownership category National Forest

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Area 2.852HA
    Length 1524M
    Overall depth 131.06M
    Overall length 236.22M
    Overall width 128.02M

Comments on the workings information

  • DEVELOPMENTS INCLUDED A 260-FT MAIN SHAFT, 800 AND 500 FT LONG TUNNELS, 200 FT OF CROSSCUTS ON 2 LEVELS, STOPING ON 70-AND 125-FT LEVELS, DRIFTS AND CROSS-CUTS ON 100-AND 260-FT LEVELS, OPEN CUT (75 FT LONG, 22 FT WIDE, 15 FT DEEP)

Comments on development

  • OPERATORS INCLUDED ARIZONA GOLD AND COPPER CO., PATAGONIA MINING CO., STERLING DEVELOPMENT CO., FLUX MINING CO., A.R. BYRD, NASH AND MCFARLAND, ALLEN AND KOLBERG, ANGEL ALVAREZ, HUGO MILLER AND ASSOCIATES, MANUEL ENCINAS, RICHARDSON, MINING AND COMMERCIAL CORP., AMERICAN SMELTING AND REFINING CO., E.F. BOLINGER, JUAN JIMENEZ; MINE IS REPORTED TO BE AN OLD MEXICAN MINE LOCATED IN THE EARLY 1850'S; PROPERTY COMPRISES 11 CLAIMS

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M899931
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 0040230054

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    ABGMT-USBM FILE DATA

  • Deposit

    USBM FILES, FLUX MINE

  • Deposit

    SCHRADER, FRANK C., 1915, MINERAL DEPOSITS OF THE SANTA RITA AND PATAGONIA MOUNTAINS, ARIZONA; USGS BULLETIN 582, P. 258-263

  • Deposit

    SIMONS, FRANK S. 1974, GEOLOGIC MAP AND SECTIONS OF THE NOGALES AND LOCHIEL QUADRANGLES, SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, ARIZONA; USGS MAP I-762 (1:48000)

  • Deposit

    SIMONS, FRANK S., 1972, MESOZOIC STRATIGRAPHY OF THE PATAGONIA MOUNTAINS AND ADJOINING AREAS, SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, ARIZONA; USGS PROFESSIONAL PAPER 658-E

  • Deposit

    MOORES, RICHARD C., 1972, THE GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF A PORTION OF THE HARSHAW DISTRICT, SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, ARIZONA; M.S. THESIS, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

  • Deposit

    KEITH, STANTON B., 1975, INDEX OF MINING PROPERTIES IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, ARIZONA; ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 191, P. 58

  • Deposit

    ABGMT FILES, STANTON B. KEITH

  • Deposit

    ABGMT CLIPPINGS FILE, FLUX MINE

  • Deposit

    ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL RESOURCES FILE DATA, FLUX MINE

  • Deposit

    KARTCHNER, WAYNE E. 1944, THE GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF A PORTION OF THE HARSHAW DISTRICT, PATAGONIA MOUNTAINS, ARIZONA; PHD THESIS, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, P.82-84

  • Deposit

    TENNEY, JAMES B., 1927-1929 HISTORY OF MINING IN ARIZONA; ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES, P. 309-310

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit MINING EFFORTS CONCENTRATED ON LARGE DEPOSIT IN SOUTH SHOULDER OF FLUX RIDGE WHERE SEVERAL VEINS OR LODES INTERSECT; ORE IS POROUS AND HONEYCOMBED
Deposit Discovery Year: 1850'S

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-MAR-1982 Calder, Susan R. Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology