Bessie

Past Producer in Boone county in Arkansas, United States with commodities Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10100258
MRDS ID W032531
Record type Site
Current site name Bessie

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -92.97518, 36.35202 (WGS84)
Elevation 305
Location accuracy 1000(meters)
Relative position 3 MILES NE OF BERGMAN, Coordinates For Section 35
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arkansas Boone

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
5th Principal 20N 19W 27;SECRION 34;35 SE4 OF SE4 OF S (34); NE4 OF NE4 (35); NW4 OF NW4 (35) Arkansas

Comments on the location information

  • SEVEN OPENINGS, MOSTLY ON SECTION 35. ABOUT 100 FEET ABOVE THE CREEK. ON SECTION 35, THERE WERE SAID TO BE 25-30 OTHER OPENINGS ON THE SAME GENERAL LEVEL. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1969

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Lead Primary
Zinc Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Galena Ore
Sphalerite Ore

Alteration

  • (Local) Heavily Weathered

Host and associated rocks

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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -92.97518, 36.35202

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR, POCKETS

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Brecciated Bed; Pockets

Comments on the geologic information

  • BED IS ABOUT FOUR FEET BENEATH BASE OF SOIL LAYER. ALL OPENINGS ARE ESSENTIALLY ON THE SAME HORIZON ORE IS IN CALCITE; PB & ZN MINERALS USUALLY SEPARATE, OCCASIONALLY TOGETHER.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Year of first production <1900

Mining district

District name North Arkansas Zinc Region

Land status

Ownership category Private

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Overall depth 3.66M

Comments on the workings information

  • OPENING #5 IS A SHAFT 12' DEEP, FOLLOWING A VERTICAL FISSURE; ORE FOUND ONLY IN TOP PART OF SHAFT, AS GALENA; OPENING 1 IS ON SEC. 35, IS A PIT BEARING DD., SMITH., GALENA, & SPHAL, & PYRITES. OPENINGS 2, 3, & 4-ON SAME LEVEL, RICH IN SMITHSONITE. OPENING 6 IS A SMALL PIT (PITS MADE BY SMALL SHOTS), 1/2 TON SMITHSONITE & SOME GALENA TAKEN. OPENING 7-ON SEC. 27, ON HILLSIDE 75' ABOVE CREEK; IS AN OPEN CUT 8' X 10', WITH A SIX FOOT FACE AT THE INNER END.

Comments on development

  • SEVERAL DIGS EXIST BESIDE THE MAIN OPENINGS

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W032531

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    ANNUAL RPT. OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF ARK. FOR 1892 (PUB. DEC. 1900), VOL. V, THE ZINC & LEAD REGION OF N-ARKANSAS, BY STATE GEOLOGIST JOHN C. BRANNER,.......P. 78-79; USGS RESTON LIBRARY (241) AR5. (SEE YELLVILLE SHEET IN THAT BOOK)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit HORIZONTAL BEDS
Deposit VIRTUALLY ALL OF THESE RECORDS FOR N. ARK. ZN/PB DISTRICT ARE TAKEN FROM DESCRIPTIONS OF MINES BY A.H. PURDUE, PROFESSOR OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY AT FAYETTEVILLE ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-APR-82 Wright, Noel J. (Calkins, James A.) U.S. Geological Survey