Legal Tender Mines

Occurrence in Marion county in Arkansas, United States with commodity Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10081020
MRDS ID W032575
Record type Site
Current site name Legal Tender Mines

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -92.88351, 36.30564 (WGS84)
Elevation 305
Relative position ABOUT 1.25 MILES SE OF RHODES, AND 2.5 MILES NE OF ZINC
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arkansas Marion

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
5th Principal 19N 18W 10 SW OF SE4 Arkansas

Comments on the location information

  • ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE WEST BRANCH OF TAR KILN CREEK ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1969

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Smithsonite Ore
Sphalerite Ore

Analytical data

Result GANGUE ROCK: SIO2, 95.793%
Result FE2O3, 0.053
Result AL2O3, 2.554
Result MGO, 0.429
Result NA2O, 0.884
Result H2O, 0.683
Result TOTAL, 100.395%
Result ANALYSIS BY D.P. MITCHELL

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Dolomite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Ordovician

Nearby scientific data

(1) -92.88351, 36.30564

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULARLY DISSEMINATED

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Solution-Brecciated Zones

Comments on the geologic information

  • CREAM-COLORED, SILICEOUS ROCKS WEATHERED TO A SPONGY, OPEN TEXTURE, IN PLACES FILLED WITH HEMIMORPHITE; ON ANALYSIS THIS ROCK WAS FOUND TOCONTAIN THE EQUIVALENT OF 45.36% METALLIC ZINC

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No

Mining district

District name North Arkansas Zinc Region

Land status

Ownership category Private

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Overall depth 4.57M

Comments on the workings information

  • OPEN CUT, AND A SHAFT 15 FEET DEEP. ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THIS QUARTER-SECTION A PROSPECT PIT EXPOSES SPHALERITE IN BEDS ABOVE THE ST. JOE MARBLE. ANOTHER CLAIM EAST OF THE MINE HAS AN OPEN CUT 10 FEET WIDE WITH A 15 FOOT FACE, SHOWING POCKETS OF BEAUTIFUL SMITHSONITE.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W032575

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    ANNUAL REPORT OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF ARKANSAS FOR 1892 (PUB. DEC, 1900), VOL V: THE ZN AND PB REGION OF NORTH ARK., BY STATE GEOLOGIST JOHN C. BRANNER, P. 121, 122, 123 USGS RESTON (241) AR5

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit A CLAIM ON THE WEST SIDE OF TAR KILN HOLLOW, JUST SOUTH OF THE LEGAL TENDER, HAS AN OPEN CUT 25 FEET ACROSS AND 15 FEET DEEP ABOVE THE ST. JOE MARBLE, IN CHERT. THE ROCK HERE SHOWS DISSEMINATED SPHALERITE WEATHERING INTO SMITHSONITE. SOME OF THE SMITHSONITE IN THIS PIT WAS CLEAR YELLOW (CADMIUM) COLORED. TALLOW CLAY WAS ALSO PRESENT. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-MAY-1982 Wright, Noel J. (Calkins, James A.) U.S. Geological Survey