Silver Bill Mine

Producer in Cochise county in Arizona, United States with commodities Lead, Silver, Copper, Gold, Manganese, Semiprecious Gemstone

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10088878
MRDS ID M800140
Record type Site
Current site name Silver Bill Mine
Related records 10256774

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -109.82259, 31.74263 (WGS84)
Elevation 1615
Relative position 3/4 MILES NE OF GLEESON.
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arizona Cochise

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Gila and Salt River 019S 025E 32 NE OF NW Arizona

Comments on the location information

  • APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS SE OF DEFIANCE MINE. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1979)

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Lead Primary
Silver Primary
Copper Secondary
Gold Secondary
Manganese Secondary
Semiprecious Gemstone Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Anglesite Ore
Aurichalcite Ore
Calamine Ore
Cerargyrite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Malachite Ore
Melaconite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Smithsonite Ore
Wulfenite Ore
Aragonite Gangue
Calcite Gangue
Hematite Gangue
Jarosite Gangue
Kaolin Gangue
Limonite Gangue
Pyrolusite Unknown

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Quartz Monzonite
    Rock unit name Gleeson Quartz Monzonite;Sugarloaf Quartz Latite Porphyry
    Rock description Gleeson Quartz Monzonite;Sugarloaf Quartz Latite Porphyry
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Permian
  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Felsic Volcanic Rock > Quartz Latite
  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Intermediate Volcanic Rock > Andesite
  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Granite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone
    Rock unit name Naco Group
    Rock description Naco Group

Nearby scientific data

(1) -109.82259, 31.74263

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Regional In Limestone Near Quartz Monzonite Contact, Limestone N 30 W, 40 To 50 Ne
Local N50-80e, 40-80 Dip, Faults Cut By Another Fault System At Right Angles

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR
    Plunge 35 TO 45

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Control By Faults And Fractures In Limestone, Also Along Dike Perpendicular To Bedding, Contact Of Limestone And Intrusive Bodies

Comments on the geologic information

  • YELLOW AND BROWN IRON OXIDES AND BLACK MANGANESE OXIDES PRESENT.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Both metallic and non-metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1890
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place
Year of first production 1893
Year of last production 1978

Mining district

District name Turquoise District, Courtland-Gleeson District

Land status

Ownership category Private

Ownership information

  • Type Operator
    Owner Gleeson Hieghts Minerals Co., 1978

Production statistics

  • Year 1930
    Period 1922-30
    Material ORE
    Accuracy Estimate
    Description Cp_Grade: ^10 Oz/T Ag, $1.50/T Au, 10% Pb, Cu, 3% Mn
    Importance Item Commodity Group Amount recovered Grade Recovery percentage
    Ore Silver Silver 282g/mt
    Ore Manganese Manganese 3wt-pct
    Ore Lead Lead 10wt-pct

Comments on the production information

  • FROM 1926 TO 1938, ORE PRODUCTION IS INCLUDED IN MYSTERY, AS SOME OF THE ORE WAS TRAMMED INTO THE MYSTERY. THE COSTELLO GR-DEFIANCE MINE MAY ALSO INCLUDE SOME SILVER BILL ORE PRODUCTION FIGURES

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground
    Length 160.02M
    Overall depth 53.34M

Comments on the workings information

  • SHAFT IS 270 FEET LONG AT A 47 DEGREE DIP, DRIFTS AND STOPES. SHAFT WORKINGS CONNECT TO MYSTERY MINE

Comments on development

  • WOULD BE A MEDIUM PRODUCER IF 1890'S DATA WERE KNOWN. 1926-1938, ORE PRODUCTION IS INCLUDED WITH THE MYSTERY MINE, WHERE ORE WAS TRAMMED PREVIOUS OWNER WAS MARY COSTELLO SOME PRODUCTION INCLUDED IN THE COSTELLO GR-DEFIANCE MINE

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M800140
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 0040030682

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    ABGMT-USBM FILE DATA

  • Deposit

    WILSON, E.D., 1927. GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE COURTLAND-GLEESON REGION ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 123, P. 74-75.

  • Deposit

    ABGMT 187, P. 84.

  • Deposit

    BLAIR, GERRY, 1992, THE ROCKHOUND'S GUIDE TO ARIZONA: HELENA, MONTANA, FALCON PRESS, 165 P.

  • Other Database

    CIMRI

  • Production

    ABM FILE DATA

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit BODIES LARGEST WHERE TWO OR MORE FAULTS AND FRACTURES INTERSECT. MAIN ORE BODY FLATTENS ABOVE 200 FOOT LEVEL.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-OCT-1981 Gest, Don E. Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology
Updater 01-APR-1992 Orris, Greta J. U.S. Geological Survey