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Wagner Mine (Wagner group of claims; Wagner Tungsten group; Pinto Tungsten Mine; Pinto Mining Co. claims; Friend in Need vein; Red Bird claims), Pinto Creek, Granite Mountain area, Gila Co., Arizona, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 33° 31' 45'' North , 110° 59' 21'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 33.5291666667, -110.989166667
A group of 10 unpatented tungsten claims and former surface and underground mine located on the lower Pinto Creek, about 4 miles E of Granite Mountain and 23 road miles from Miami. Discovered 1938 by V.E. Wagner. Claims extend into sec. 12.

Mineralization is a vein deposit with a linear ore body and ore minerals occurring in quartz veins hosted in granite.

Pinto Creek has carved a canyon several hundred feet deep through Precambrian Apache beds and into the underlying coarse-grained granite. This granite has undergone considerable fissuring and sheeting or NW-ward trend. Some of these structures contain pegmatite and aplite dikes, and others are occupied by quartz veins. Along vein walls, alteration to sericite is evident.

The area contains numerous quartz veins of prevailing N25 to 45W. strike and vertical to to steep NE dip. They commonly range from a thin seam to 12 inches, and exceptionally to 32 inches in width. Their filling consists essentially of coarse-grained, glassy, grayish-white quartz with locally abundant tourmaline, scattered particles of wolframite and scheelite, and grains of pyrite.

Workings on the East side of the canyon, a few hundred feet above Pinto Creek, include shallow pits or short adits opened on 6 veins. About ½ mile farther SW on the West side of the canyon, a short tunnel has been driven.

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Wilson, E.D. (1941), Tungsten deposits of AZ, AZ Bur. of Mines Bull. 148: 29-30.

Dale, V.B. (1961), Tungsten Deposits of Gila, Yavapai, and Mohave Counties, Arizona, US Bureau of Mines Information Circular 8078: 11.

Lemmon, D.M., and Tweto, O.L. (1962) Tungsten in the U.S., USGS map, MR-25.

Lemmon, D.M. (Unpublished data).

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Wagner Tungsten file.

MRDS database Dep. ID #10008528, MRDS ID #D000766; and Dep. ID #10027437, MRDS ID #M003090; and Dep. ID #10160986, MAS ID #0040070681.

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