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Lovitt Mine (L-D Mine; Golden King Mine; Gold King Mine; Squillchuck Mine; Wenatchee Mine), Squillchuck Creek, Wenatchee, Wenatchee District, Chelan Co., Washington, USA
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Latitude: 47°22'55"N
Longitude: 120°18'54"W
 
 
A Au-Ag mine located in the NE¼SW¼ sec. 22, T22N, R20E, on the west side of Squilchuck Creek.

It worked mineralization disseminated and in stockworks in pervasively altered and silicified sandstone of the Eocene Chumstick formation and an underlying unnamed sandstone unit.

Developments include 2 open stopes, 5 adits, 7 main levels and 6 sub-levels totaling about 12 miles of workings.

It produced 280 tons of ore in 1894, 170 tons in 1910, 20,000 tons in 1938-39, 6,216 tons in 1944-1946, and continual production from 1949 to 1967. Production records from 1954 to 1967 show 410,000 ounces of Au, 600,000 ounces of Ag from approximately 1,000,000 tons processed. Currently (2008) being re-opened by The Lovitt Mining Company, a subsidiary of Lovitt Resources (ticker: LRC-V).

Total remaining indicated reserves are 435,000 ounces of Au and 750,000 ounces of Ag.

Production scheduled to be underway Spring 2009.

Note: a visit by Norman King on October 24, 2014 showed no signs of recent activity.

Mineral List

Acanthite
Aguilarite
Arsenopyrite
Calcite
Chalcopyrite
'Chlorite Group'
Galena
Gold
var: Electrum
Hessite
'K Feldspar
var: Adularia'

Marcasite
Muscovite
var: Sericite

Naumannite
Pyrargyrite
Pyrite
Quartz
var: Chalcedony
Siderite
Sphalerite
Stibnite


21 entries listed. 16 valid minerals.

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References

Huntting, M. (1956): Inventory of Washington Minerals, Part II, Metallic Minerals, Vol. 1, p. 112, 113.

Cannon, B. (1975): Minerals of Washington, p.37, 103, 128.

Lasmanis, R. et al (1990): Metal Mines of Washington-Preliminary Report p.14,15.

Gill, Linda D. (2008): Field Study and Assay Work, (Internal Company Documents).

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