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Nelly James Mine (Miller Canyon deposit; Miller Canyon prospect; Nellie James prospect; Holenstein Mine), Miller Canyon, Miller Peak, Cochise County, Arizona, USAi
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Nelly James Mine (Miller Canyon deposit; Miller Canyon prospect; Nellie James prospect; Holenstein Mine)Mine
Miller CanyonCanyon
Miller PeakPeak
Cochise CountyCounty
ArizonaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
31° 24' 9'' North , 110° 17' 26'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Sierra Vista Southeast14,797 (2011)9.1km
Miracle Valley644 (2011)13.3km
Palominas212 (2011)16.5km
Sierra Vista43,355 (2017)16.9km
Huachuca City1,755 (2017)25.4km


‡Ref.: Wilson, E.D., et al (1951), Arizona zinc and lead deposits, part II, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 158: 37.

Hayes, P.T., and Raup, R.B. (1968) Geologic map of the Huachuca and Mustang Mountains, southeastern Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Geologic Investigations Map I-509, 1 sheet, scale 1:48,000.

Creasy, C.S. (1973) Field examination.

Tuftin, S.E. and Armstrong, R.C. (1994) U.S. Bureau of Mines Open File Report Mineral Land Assessment (MLA) 1-94.

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

Arizona Bureau of Mines file data, circa 1973.

Mr. Roy Parsons, Huachuca City, Arizona.

MRDS database Dep. ID file #10039646, MRDS ID #M050568; and, Dep. ID #10048120, MRDS ID #M800144; and, Dep. ID #10185917, MAS ID #0040030299.

A former small surface Pb-Cu-Zn-Au-Ag mine located on the 7250 contour of Miller Canyon in sec. 27, T23S, R20E. Started in the early 1880's. Produced 1914-1915. A little ore was sent from this, and other, properties to lead smelters at Charleston and Benson. Field observations indicate that this was strictly a prospect. The existence of a road the length of Miller Canyon to the mine and the presence of a large ore bin at the top of the mountain are inconsistent infrastructure for the size of the workings and this condition is indicative of a possible mining stock scheme.

Mineralization is a vein deposit, 0.61 meters wide, striking N5W and dipping 65NE. Alteration is skarn.

Local structures include exotic blocks of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks within Jurassic volcanic rocks. A NW-trending thrust is mapped approximately 100 yards (96 meters) west of the workings.

These workings are located near the top of Miller Canyon and were re-discovered accidentally by Mr. Parsons & a friend. The name of Miller Canyon is commonly recognized but it is a collectors' name and a misnomer since the actual mine is at the head of the canyon at Miller Peak. One must hike through Miller Canyon to get to the locality. It was originally the Holenstein mine (1880's). Reaching this locality is a chore since it requires an approximate 3 mile (5 km) hike, gaining approximately 1,500 feet (450 meters) of altitude, through a wilderness area (no motorized transport allowed). The locality is often snow-covered. Collecting is hard work and anything collected must be carried out.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


8 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Fluorescence: Bright red (SW UV).
Description: Massive material.
Reference: Mr. Roy Parsons, Huachuca City, AZ
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10039646, MRDS ID #M050568.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10039646, MRDS ID #M050568.
Hydrozincite
Formula: Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Colour: White.
Fluorescence: Bright blue-white (SW UV).
Description: Occurs as coatings on willemite-calcite rich matrix.
Reference: Mr. Roy Parsons, Huachuca City, AZ
Powellite
Formula: Ca(MoO4)
Fluorescence: Creamy yellow (SW UV).
Description: Occurs as blebs in matrix.
Reference: Mr. Roy Parsons, Huachuca City, AZ
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: MRDS database Dep. ID file #10039646, MRDS ID #M050568.
'Scapolite'
Reference: Rolf Luetcke specimen
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Fluorescence: Bright orange (LW UV)
Description: Occurs as massive material associated with willemite, calcite & hydrozincite.
Reference: Mr. Roy Parsons, Huachuca City, AZ
Willemite
Formula: Zn2SiO4
Colour: White, light blue, azure-blue, off-white
Fluorescence: Bright green (SW UV)
Description: Occurs as rare azure-blue crystals in matrix; light blue vein fillings and massive white to off-white masses, veinlets & films.
Reference: Mr. Roy Parsons, Huachuca City, AZ

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Hydrozincite5.BA.15Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Powellite7.GA.05Ca(MoO4)
Group 9 - Silicates
Willemite9.AA.05Zn2SiO4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Scapolite'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Hydrozincite16a.4.1.1Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Group 48 - ANHYDROUS MOLYBDATES AND TUNGSTATES
AXO4
Powellite48.1.2.2Ca(MoO4)
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in [4] coordination
Willemite51.1.1.2Zn2SiO4
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Scapolite'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
OOxygen
O WillemiteZn2SiO4
O CalciteCaCO3
O PowelliteCa(MoO4)
O HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
SiSilicon
Si WillemiteZn2SiO4
SSulfur
S SphaleriteZnS
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S PyriteFeS2
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca PowelliteCa(MoO4)
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe PyriteFeS2
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn WillemiteZn2SiO4
Zn HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Zn SphaleriteZnS
MoMolybdenum
Mo PowelliteCa(MoO4)
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS
USGS MRDS Record:10039646

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