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Reward Mine (Brown Monster Mine; Ruth; Hirsch and Telescope group; Brown Monster-Reward; Graham-Jones; Eclipse; Golden West claims; Hidden Treasure group; F. D. Roosevelt claims), Reward, Russ District, Inyo Mts (Inyo Range), Inyo Co., California, USA

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A former Au-Ag-Pb-Zn-Cu occurrence/mine located in sec. 3, T14S, R36E, MDM, 0.6 km (0.4 mile) E of Reward and 2 miles E of Manzanar Station, 13 miles NE of Lone Pine, at the W base of the Inyo Mountains, at 4,500 feet elevation (approximately 10 miles N of Lone Pine. Turn right on Manizar Reward Road, approximately 7 miles), on private (patented) land. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 10 meters.

Local rocks include Carboniferous marine rocks, unit 3 (SE California Clastic Assemblage) and/or Mesozoic granitic rocks, unit 3 (Sierra Nevada, Death Valley area, Northern Mojave Desert and Transverse Ranges).

Workings include unspecified underground openings. (Interestingly, the USGS MRDS databse files provide no detailed data regarding workings. This is all the more curious since the topo map reflects a total of about 26 adit symbols, 3 shaft symbols and 5 prospect symbols in the Reward-Brown Monster complex.)

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65 entries listed. 57 valid minerals.

Localities in this Region

  • California
    • Inyo Co.
      • Inyo Mts (Inyo Range)
        • Russ District
          • Reward
            • Reward Mine (Brown Monster Mine; Ruth; Hirsch and Telescope group; Brown Monster-Reward; Graham-Jones; Eclipse; Golden West claims; Hidden Treasure group; F. D. Roosevelt claims)

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Wheeler, G.M. (1872), Preliminary report of explorations in Nevada, California and Arizona: 42nd. Congress, 2nd. session, S. Ex. Doc. 65: 45-46.

Rogers, Austin Flint (1910a), Notes on some pseudomorphs, petrifactions and alterations: American Philosophical Society Proceedings: 49: 20.

Knopf, Adolf (1914b), Mineral resources of the Inyo and White Mountains, California: USGS Bulletin 540: 118.

Rocks & Minerals (1939): 14: 72.

Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 119, 144, 217, 244, 388.

Pemberton, H. Earl (1983), Minerals of California; Van Nostrand Reinholt Press: 234, 299, 340, 513, 514.

Adams, Paul M. (2000), Microminerals From the Reward Mine, Inyo Co., California, Mineral News: 16(5).

Bulletin of the Mineralogical Society of Southern California (2005): 75(3) (March, 2005).

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10076596, 10103481 & 10281430

Adams, Paul (2010) The Brown Monster and Reward Mines Inyo County, California. Mineralogical Record 41: 175-193.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0060270042.

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