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Fano Mine (Big Pink claim; Fano-Simmons mine; Little Blue claim; MS 4800; Simmons mine), Cahuilla Mountain (Coahuila Mtn), Cahuilla, Cahuilla District, Riverside Co., California, USA

Photo: 1905 CSMB
Latitude: 33°36'22"N
Longitude: 116°47'9"W
A rare-earth-element (REE) and gemstone/specimen producing pegmatite mine located in the NW¼SW¼ Sec. 33, T6S, R2E, SBM. The mine is situated north of Cahuilla Mountain, near the town of Anza in Riverside County, California. The deposit has been developed by numerous surface cuts, trenches, and minor underground drifts along the paystreak.

The deposit was first discovered by Bert Simmons in 1902, and is best known for its production of well-crystallized schorl and gem aquamarine, as well as pink tourmaline and spodumene. Two contiguous lode mining claims (Big Pink and Little Blue lodes; MS 4800) are commonly referred to as the Fano Mine, and aggregate approximately 37.54 acres. The property is private land, patented January 29th, 1912 by the Fano Kunzite Tourmaline Mining company.

Mineral List

var: Aquamarine
'Mica Group'
Microlite Group
var: Kunzite
var: Indicolite'

'var: Rubellite'
'var: Verdelite'

18 entries listed. 10 valid minerals.

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Kunz, G. F. (1905), Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37: 121-22.

Fisher, Daniel Jerome (1944), Some southern California pegmatites: unpublished manuscript, USGS: 68, 75.

Murdoch, Joseph & Webb, Robert W. (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 63, 103, 155, 242, 265, 346.

Rynerson, F. J. (1967), Exploring and Mining Gems & Gold in the West; Chapter 17, 118-120: Naturegraph Publishers, Inc., Happy Camp, California.

Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 177, 179, 310, 348, 388, 430, 446, 503.

Gochenour, K. (1988), Black Tourmaline from Little Cahuilla Mountain, Riverside County, California. Rocks and Minerals, 63 (6): p. 440-444.

Fisher, J. (2002), Gem and rare-element pegmatites of southern California. Mineralogical Record 33(5): 363-407.

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