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Thunderbolt Mine (Silver Zone Mine), Black Canyon, Black Canyon District, Wickenburg Mts, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA

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‡Ref.: Arizona Mining Journal (1917) September, 1917: 13.

Lindgren, W. (1926), Ore deposits of the Jerome and Bradshaw Mountains quadrangles, Arizona, USGS Bull. 782: 29, 158-159.

Guiteras, J.R. (1936) Gold Mining and Milling in the Black Canyon area, Yavapai County, Arizona. U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 6905: 21.

Galbraith, F.W. (1947), Minerals of Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 153: 9.

Galbraith, F.W. & D.J. Brennan (1959), Minerals of Arizona: 42.

Harrer, C.M. (1964), Reconnaissance of Iron Resources in Arizona, US Bureau of Mines Information Circular 8236: 108.

Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 170, 340, 373.

USGS Bumble Bee Quadrangle map.

U.S. Bureau of Mines - Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mining Technology file data.

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Eclipse group file.

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Thunderbolt file.

MRDS database Dep. ID #10027171, MRDS ID #M002365; and, Dep. ID #10186342, MAS ID #0040251487.

A former underground Ag-Pb-Zn-Au-Cu mine located on the east side of Black Canyon, 3½ miles SE of Turkey Creek Station. Discovered 1905. Produced 1911-1968. Owned by D.J. Thompson; and, the Black Canyon Mining Co., Kansas City, MO.

Mineralization is a flat vein in amphibolite schist traceable for 1 mile and dips N.20ºW. at several feet in maximum width. Ore body is tabular. Ore has a quartz gangue. Ore control was faulting and shearing. Concentration was oxidation at near surface.

Area structures include low-angle (less than 40 degrees) veins cut across foliation. Foliation and transposed bedding in metavolcanic rocks trend N-S.

Workings include an 1,800 foot long tunnel that connects with the shaft on the hill 240 feet higher. Some 750 tons of ore shipped.

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