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Alhambra Mine (Blue Bell Mine), Black Hawk District (Bullard's Peak District), Big Burro Mts, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 32° 43' 17'' North , 108° 30' 34'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 32.7213888889, -108.509444444

A former Ag mine.

A young master guitar maker lived & worked a short distance from the Alhambra mine across the arroyo from the Black Hawk in the Black Hawk District. During the 1980s and early '90s (before the major reclamation project) he mined the dumps of the Alhambra for a number of years, collected enough silver to melt, draw into wire and use as inlays on the body & fretboard of his guitars. After the reclamation, I heard it said that he moved his entire operation to Canada to be closer to a source of his preferred wood. The guitars were certainly works of art both visually and tonally AND they were COMPLETELY hand-made.....including the silver inlay!!!

Mineral List

11 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This data will improve over time as more accurate maps and data sets are added.

Quaternary0 - 2.588 MaQuaternary sedimentary rocks

Sedimentary rocks

Mesoproterozoic1000 - 1600 Maplutonic rocks, middle Proterozoic

Major:: {plutonic rock (phaneritic)}

Middle Proterozoic plutonic rocks (younger than 1600 Ma)

Paleoproterozoic1600 - 2500 MaPaleoproterozoic metamorphic and undivided crystalline: sedimentary and volcanic gneiss

Metamorphic and undivided crystalline: sedimentary and volcanic gneiss

References for regional geology:

Data provided by

Garrity, C.P., and Soller, D.R.,. Database of the Geologic Map of North America: adapted from the map by J.C. Reed, Jr. and others (2005). U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 424 .

USGS compilers. State geologic map data. State Maps.

Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d.

The above list contains all mineral locality references listed on This does not claim to be a complete list. If you know of more minerals from this site, please register so you can add to our database. This locality information is for reference purposes only. You should never attempt to visit any sites listed in without first ensuring that you have the permission of the land and/or mineral rights holders for access and that you are aware of all safety precautions necessary.


Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols (2000), "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 4.

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