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Copper King Mine (Copper Bullion Mine; Solid Copper Mine), Copper King Mountain, Copper Mountain District (Clifton-Morenci District), Shannon Mts, Greenlee Co., Arizona, USA

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A former underground Cu-Ag-Au mine located on 2 patented claims (Solid Copper and Copper Bullion), in the SW¼ sec. 2, T4S, R29E, about 2 miles East of the Metcalf site, in the Copper King Mountain area, on private land. Situated near Rocky Gulch, SE of Copper King Mountain; about 200 feet below the summit of Copper King Mountain on its SE slope. Discovered by the New England Mining Co. Produced 1906-1910. Owned by the Phelps Dodge Corp., Morenci Branch. Past operators included the New England and Clifton Consolidated Copper Co; and the Detroit Copper Mining Co. of Arizona.

Mineralization is a tabular ore body associated with Morenci Granite Porphyry. The ore zone is 121.92 meters long and 2.44 meters wide, striking NE and dipping 70-76 NW. Ore control was a NE-trending fissure. The concentration process was surface leaching of carbonate ores. Alteration is oxidation to 300 feet of depth.

Local structures include block faulting with a prominent fault trending NE of the SE side of Copper King Mountain, and NE-trending granite porphyry dikes.

Tectonic component is Cpper King Mountain and the transition zone between the Basin and Range and Colorado Plateau Provinces.

Ore assays at $1 to $4 of Au per ton (period values).

Workings are 1066.8 meters long and 243.84 meters deep. The length of workings was estimated; 2 shafts. Description applies to the West shoot; the North shoot was undeveloped at the time of the latest MRDS data.

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3 entries listed. 3 valid minerals.

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Lindgren W. (1905) The Copper Deposits of the Clifton-Morenci District, Arizona. USGS Professional Paper 43: 363: 212.

Wilson, E.D., et al (1934), Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 137: 187.

U.S Bureau of Land Management District map 839.

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

MRDS database Dep. ID #10048128, MRDS ID #M800158.

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