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Tombstone District, Tombstone Hills, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 31° 41' 54'' North , 110° 5' 17'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 31.6983333333, -110.088055556
Other regions containing this locality:Sonoran Desert, North America


Ref.: The Resources of Arizona - A Manual of Reliable Information Concerning the Territory, compiled by Patrick Hamilton (1881), Prescott, AZ: 36.

Blake, W.P. (1882) The geology and veins of Tombstone, Arizona: American Institute of Mining Engineers, Transactions: 10: 334-345.

Hillebrand, W.F. (1885), Emmonsite, a ferric tellurite, Proceedings Colorado Scientific Society: 2: 20-23.

Church, J.A. (1903) The Tombstone, Arizona, mining district: American Institute of Mining Engineers, Transactions: 33: 3-37.

Ransome, F.L. (1920), USGS Bull. 710, Deposits of manganese ore in Arizona: 101-103.

Tenney, J.B. (1927-1929) History of Mining in Arizona (unpublished in two volumes), Special Collection, University of Arizona Library & Arizona Bureau of Mines Library: 136-179.

Hewett, D.F. & O.N. Rove (1930), Occurrence and relations of alabandite, Economic Geology: 25: 36-56.

Wilson, E.D. and Butler, G.M. (1930), Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 127, Manganese Ore Deposits of Arizona.

Wilson, E.D., et al (1934), Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 137, Arizona Lode Gold Mines and Gold Mining: 122-123.

Butler, B.S., et al (1938b), Geology and ore deposits of the Tombstone district, Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 143.

Rasor, C.A. (1938), Bromyrite from Tombstone, Arizona, American Mineralogist: 23: 157-159.

Rasor, C.A. (1939), Manganese mineralization at Tombstone, Arizona, Economic Geology: 34: 790-803.

Butler, B.S., Wilson, E.D., and Rasor, C.A. (1938b), Geology and ore deposits of the Tombstone district, Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 143:

Butler, B.S., and Wilson, E.D. (1942) Ore deposits at Tombstone, Arizona, in Newhouse, W.H., editor, Ore deposits as related to structural features: Princeton University Press, p. 201-203.

Richmond, W.E. & M. Fleischer (1942), Cryptomelane, a new name for the commonest of the 'psilomelane' minerals, American Mineralogist: 27: 607-610.

Galbraith, F.W. (1947), Minerals of Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 153: 28.

Romslo, T.M. & S.F. Ravitz (1947), Arizona manganese-silver ores, U.S. Bureau of Mines Report of Investigation 4097.

Gilluly, James (1956) General geology of central Cochise County, Arizona, with sections on age and correlation, by A.R. Palmer, J.S. Williamson, and J.B. Reeside, Jr.: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 281, 169 p., 13 sheets, scale 1:62,500.

Needham, A.B. & W.R. Storms (1956), Investigation of Tombstone district manganese deposits, Cochise County, Arizona, U.S. Bureau of Mines Report of Investigation 5188.

Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of Arizona: 32, 36, 39, 51, 62, 63, 67, 72, 76, 90, 92, 99, 101, 107, 112.

Bideaux, R.A., et al (1960), Some new occurrences of minerals of Arizona, Arizona Geological Society Digest: 3: 53-56.

Hewett, D.F. & M. Fleischer (1960), Deposits of the manganese oxides, Economic Geology: 55: 1-55.

Silver, L.T. & S. Deutsch (1963), Uranium-lead isotope variations in zircons: A case study, Journal of Geology: 71: 721-758.

Keith, Stanton B. (1973), Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 187, Index of Mining Properties in Cochise County, Arizona: 73 (Table 4).

Williams, S.A. (1978), Khinite, parakhinite, and dugganite, three new tellurates from Tombstone, Arizona, American Mineralogist: 63: 1016-1019.

Williams, S.A. & M. Duggan (1978), Tlapallite, a new mineral from Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico, Mineralogical Magazine: 42: 181-186.

Williams, S.A. (1980b), The Tombstone district, Cochise County, Arizona, Mineralogical Record: 11: 251-256.

Williams, S.A. (1981b), Duhamelite, Cu4Pb2Bi(VO4)4(OH)3·8H2O, a new Arizona mineral, Mineralogical Magazine: 44: 151-152.

Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd. ed.: 104, 117, 119, 121, 136, 151, 159, 162, 165, 169, 172, 185, 190, 194, 206, 209, 212, 214, 228, 234, 239, 241, 249, 283, 285, 288, 291, 316, 325, 337, 343, 385, 389-390, 396, 397, 425, 428, 431, 432.

MRDS database Dep. ID file #10282729, MAS ID #0040050003.

This district is located in T.20,21S., R.21,22E., in the Tombstone Hills, at an altitude of 4,530 feet. It is some 25 miles north of the international boundary and about 25 miles NW of Bisbee

This is a Ag-Au-Pb-Cu-Zn-Mn-Mo-V, mica, clay (As-Cd-Sb-Te) mining area principally famous for its silver mines and located about 20 miles NW of Bisbee. This was the first major mining district discovered in Cochise County once the issue of an Indian reservation was resolved. It was discovered in February, 1878, by Mr. A.E. Sheiffelin, a daring local prospector. He was warned by the soldiers at Fort Huachuca that wandering in this area would earn him only a tombstone. When he discovered the rich deposits in this area, he named the new camp "Tombstone." Tombstone is at an altitude of 4,500 feet on a gravel-floored pediment at the northern margin of a small group of low, dissected mountains, called the Tombstone Hills, that attain an altitude of about 5,300 feet. The Tombstone District is in southwestern Cochise County, 20 miles NW of Bisbee. From 1879 to 1932, this district produced more than 29,843,800 ounces of silver, 35,669,800 pounds of lead and $5,127,300 of gold (period values), besides considerable copper, zinc and manganese.

As interpretted by Ransome, the basement rocks are fine-grained Pinal Schist with intruded gneissic granite which outcrop in a small area south of the principal mines. The unconformably overlying Paleozoic quartzite and limestones have a total thickness of 4,000 to 5,000 feet, with 2,500 to 3,500 feet of Mississippian Escabrosa and Pennsylvanian Naco limestones as their upper formations. Unconformably overlying the Naco Limestone is a Mesozoic series of conglomerate, thick-bedded quartzites, and shales, with two or three lenses of soft, bluish-gray limestone. These formations are intruded by large bodies of quartz monzonite and by dikes of quartz monzonite-porphyry and diorite-porphyry. The region is complexly faulted, and, particularly, just south of Tombstone, the strata are closely folded.

The ores of the Tombstone District occur in at least three ways: (1) As argentiferous lead sulfide with spotty copper and zinc minerals, usually deeply oxidized with enrichment in irregular replacement bodies along fissure zones and anticlinal rolls cut by mineralized fissures in Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary formations. Orebodies are often closely associated with cross-cutting Laramide intrusive dikes; (2) Base metal mineralization, often oxidized, in fault and fracture zones in Laramide volcanics and quartz latite porphyry intrusive; (3) Manganese oxides, argentiferous at times, in irregular, lenticular or pipe-like replacement bodies along fracture and fault zones, usually in Pennsylvanian-Permian Naco Group limestones.

Workings are numerous shaft mines and prospects. Total production of lead and silver ore has been at least 1.5 million tons since 1878. About 9,000 tons of manganese ore and concentrates have also been produced for smelter flux and for manganese.

Production from 1879 through 1936 was some $37,103,008 (period values).

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

Acanthite

Alabandite

Alamosite

Albite

'Albite-Anorthite Series'

Allanite-(Ce)

Altaite

Anatase

Anglesite

Anorthite

var: Bytownite

Antlerite

'Apatite'

'Apophyllite'

Argentojarosite

Augite

Aurichalcite

Austinite

Azurite

Backite (TL)

Bairdite

Baryte

'Beaverite-(Cu)'

Beudantite

Bindheimite

Botallackite

Bournonite

Brackebuschite

Brochantite

Bromargyrite

Brookite

Buttgenbachite

Calcite

Calderónite

Caledonite

Cerussite

Cervelleite

Cesbronite

Chalcocite

Chalcopyrite

Chlorargyrite

var: Bromian Chlorargyrite

'Chlorite Group'

Choloalite

Chrysocolla

Clinozoisite

Conichalcite

Connellite

Copper

Cordierite

Cornwallite

Covellite

Cryptomelane (TL)

Cuprite

Descloizite

var: Cuprian Descloizite

Devilline

Diaboleite

Diopside

Dolomite

Duftite

Dugganite (TL)

'Dunhamite'

Emmonsite (TL)

Empressite

Epidote

Ettringite

Fairbankite (TL)

Famatinite

Fluorite

Fornacite

Frohbergite

Galena

var: Argentiferous Galena

Gartrellite

Gearksutite

'Girdite' (FRL)

Goethite

Gold

Goldfieldite

Grossular

var: Hessonite

Gypsum

Gyrolite

Halotrichite

Hematite

Hemimorphite

Hessite

Hetaerolite

Hewettite

Hillebrandite

Hisingerite

Housleyite

Hydrohetaerolite

Hydrozincite

'Iddingsite'

Jarosite

Kaolinite

'K Feldspar'

'var: Adularia'

Khinite (TL)

'Khinite-3T' (FRL)

Krennerite

Kuksite

Lanarkite

Leadhillite

'Limonite'

Linarite

Mackayite

Magnesio-hornblende

Magnetite

Malachite

Manganite

Manjiroite

Mckinstryite

Mimetite

Mixite

Molybdenite

Molybdofornacite

Montanite

Monticellite

Mottramite

Mroseite

Natrochalcite

Natrolite

Oboyerite (TL)

Olivenite

'Olivine'

Opal

var: Opal-AN

Orthoclase

Osarizawaite

Ottoite

Paratellurite

Periclase

Pharmacosiderite

Phosphohedyphane

Pigeonite

Plattnerite

Plumbojarosite

'Psilomelane'

Pyrite

Pyrolusite

Pyromorphite

Quartz

var: Chalcedony

var: Sceptre Quartz

Queitite

var: Ca-bearing Queitite

Quetzalcoatlite

Raspite

Rhodochrosite

Rickardite

Rodalquilarite

Rosasite

Rutile

Saponite

Schieffelinite (TL)

'Serpentine Subgroup'

Serpierite

Siderite

Silver

Smithsonite

Sonoraite

Spangolite

Sphalerite

Spiroffite

Stromeyerite

Sulphur

Tangeite

Tellurium

Tenorite

Tetrahedrite

Thaumasite

Titanite

Tlapallite

Tremolite

Turquoise

Utahite

Vanadinite

Vésigniéite

Vesuvianite

Wavellite

Willemite

Winstanleyite (TL)

Wollastonite

Woodwardite

Wulfenite

Xocomecatlite

Yafsoanite

Zircon

Zoisite


168 valid minerals. 9 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 2 (FRL) - first recorded locality of unapproved mineral/variety/etc.

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