Total Wreck Mine

Past Producer in Pima county in Arizona, United States with commodities Lead, Silver, Molybdenum, Copper, Gold, Manganese, Vanadium, Zinc, Tungsten

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10103752
MRDS ID M050396
Record type Site
Current site name Total Wreck Mine
Related records 10210828

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -110.59261, 31.89569 (WGS84)
Elevation 1405
Relative position 7 MI S OF PANTANO ON CIENEGA CREEK.
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arizona Pima

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Gila and Salt River 018S 017E 03 CENTER OF E Arizona

Comments on the location information

  • AT BASE OF EMPIRE MTNS. THE MINE CAN BE REACHED BY A ROAD FROM STATE HWY 83 WHICH HAS SEVERAL FORKS AND RUNS THROUGH MOSTLY PRIVATE LAND OR FROM A ROAD OFF INTERSTATE HWY 10 WHICH RUNS MOSTLY THROUGH STATE LAND BUT IS VERY ROUGH. INFO FROM LAND.ST :01, OTHER

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Lead Primary
Silver Primary
Molybdenum Secondary
Copper Secondary
Gold Secondary
Manganese Tertiary
Vanadium Tertiary
Zinc Tertiary
Tungsten Tertiary

Comments on the commodity information

  • TRACES OF MN OXIDE

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cerargyrite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Chrysocolla Ore
Malachite Ore
Vanadinite Ore
Wulfenite Ore
Calcite Gangue
Hematite Gangue
Jarosite Gangue
Limonite Gangue
Quartz Gangue
Siderite Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Most Ore Is Oxidized, Limestone Is Altered

Analytical data

Result 4% CU, 12% PB, 12 OZ/T AG

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite
    Rock unit name Sycamore Canyon Quartz Monzonite
    Rock description Sycamore Canyon Quartz Monzonite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Permian
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Permian
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone
    Rock unit name Concha Limestone, Rain Valley Formation
    Rock description Concha Limestone, Rain Valley Formation

Nearby scientific data

(1) -110.59261, 31.89569

Geologic structures

Type of structure Local
Structure description Andrade Fault-Strike Nw, Dip 85ne; Ew Or Ne Faults & Fissures

Ore body information

  • General form TABULAR, IRREGULAR
    Strike EW
    Dip 85N
    Thickness 30.48M
    Depth to bottom 152.4M
    Depth to top 0M
    Width 2.44M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Replacement In Fractured Limestone Above Quartzites

Comments on the geologic information

  • SILVER VALUES DECREASE AND COPPER VALUES INCREASE WITH DEPTH.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1879
Discoverer John Dilden, A Cowboy

Mining district

District name Empire District

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner M. Bonner Denton

Production statistics

  • Year 1940
    Period 1880-1940
    Material ORE
    Accuracy Estimate
    Description Cp_Grade: ^8% Pb, 7 Oz/T Ag, Minor Cu, Au
    Importance Item Commodity Group Amount recovered Grade Recovery percentage
    Major Ore Silver Silver 198g/mt
    Minor Ore Lead Lead 8wt-pct

Comments on the production information

  • MORE THAN 10,000 TONS BEFORE 1902 AND 7500 TONS WORTH $450,000 AFTER 1902.

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground
    Length 1524M
    Overall depth 152.4M

Comments on the workings information

  • SHAFTS AND TUNNELS, DRIFTS, INCLINES, WINZES, AND STOPES

Comments on development

  • SOME PATENTED CLAIMS. PREVIOUS OWNERS/OPERATORS INCLUDED VAIL, SCHLEY, ADAMS & SAXBY, GARDNER & YOUNG, TORRES

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M050396

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    SCHRADER, 1915, USGS BULL 582.

  • Deposit

    KEITH, 1974, ABM BULL 189.

  • Deposit

    FINNELL, 1971, USGS OPEN FILE REPORT.

  • Deposit

    HEYLMUN, E.B., 1989, TOTAL WRECK SILVER MINE, ARIZONA: CALIFORNIA MINING JOURNAL, V. 59, NO. 4, P. 17-22.

  • Deposit

    PETAR, A., 1932, MOLYBDENUM: USBM EC. PAPER 15.

  • Other Database

    CIMRI

  • Production

    KEITH, 1974

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit THIS REPORT REPRESENTS A MERGER OF ORIGINAL RECORD M050396 WITH RECORD D000107 OF JAN WILT AND RICHARD FISCHER IN MOLYBDENUM FILE AND RECORD D000335 OF ROBERT KING, CONTACT PERSON T.G. THEODORE, USGS.
Deposit DENTON HAS SUGGESTED USING THE MINE AS A WINE CELLAR. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT
Deposit 3 MAJOR VEIN SYSTEMS. PRINCIPAL VEIN IS 5 FT WIDE

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-MAR-1983 Peterson, Jocelyn A. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-MAY-1990 Bolm, Karen S. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 22-MAY-1995 Orris, Greta J. U.S. Geological Survey