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Tom Reed Mine (Blue Ridge Mine; Ben Harrison Mine; Big Jim Aztec Mine; Blue Ridge Gold Mines; Red Cloud Mine), Tom Reed vein, Oatman, Oatman District (San Francisco District; Union Pass District), Black Mts, Mohave Co., Arizona, USA

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‡Ref.: A.I.M.E. Ore Deposits of the Western United States (1933): 166; Ransome, F.L. (1923), Geology of the Oatman Gold District, Arizona, USGS Bull. 743: Plate 1, 4-8, 39-45; Schrader, F.C. (1909), Mineral deposits of the Cerbat Range, Black Mountains, and the Grand Wash Cliffs, Mohave County, Arizona: USGS Bull. 397: 167-168, 192-194; Cunningham & Butler, AZ Bur. Min. Resources Bull. 137; Lausen, C. & E.D. Wilson (1925), Gold and copper deposits near Payson, AZ, AZ Bur. Mines Bull. 120; Weed, W.H. (1925), The Mines Handbook: Vol. XVI: 432; USGS 7.5 minute Oatman topo. map; Householder map, AZ Dept. Min. Resources (ADMR); Bur. Land Mgmt. District map; MRDS files #10027920, 10234593 & 10137837.

A former underground Au-Ag mine located in the NW¼ sec. 23, T.19N., R.20W., just SE of Oatman, on the Tom Reed vein. Owned by the Gold Road Co.; Tom Reed Gold Mines Co. (1906- ). Started in 1901. Reopened in 1908 and closed March, 1932.

35.02360; -114.37890.

The Tom Reed deposit occurs in Oatman Andesite and the vein strikes NW-ward and dips steeply NE-ward. Mineralization is a vein deposit. Structure involves NW-trending faults and veinsThe Tom Reed vein is offset by the Mallory falt near the Big Jim Mine. The Mallory fault strikes NW but dips 60º to 70º SW. The orebody is lenticular. Pyritized areas are more altered. Bleaching, kaolin, calcite, and chlorite have formed. Ore control involved the vein following the NW-trending fault zone.

Workings include the Tom Reed shaft at 100 feet deep (1933). A 20-stamp mill was erected on site (1904). Production for the period 1908 - 1913 was some $13,053,000 (period values).

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