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De Soto Mine (Patented claims MS 1462 & 1463; Copper Link; Whale), Battle Flat, Peck District, Bradshaw Mts (Bradshaw Range), Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA

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‡Ref.: Jaggar, T.A. and Palache, C. (1905) USGS Bradshaw Mountain folio: 5.

Yavapai Magazine (1918) March, 1918: 4-6 (Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ).

Yavapai Magazine (1918) June, 1918: 4 (Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ).

Lindgren, W. (1926), Ore deposits of the Jerome and Bradshaw Mountains quadrangles, Arizona, USGS Bull. 782: 27, 29, Plate 17, 162-164.

Tenney, J.B. (1928), Mineral Industries of Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 125: 71.

Elsing, M.J. and Heineman, E.S. (1936) Arizona Metal Production, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bulletin 140: 102.

Guiteras, J.R. (1936) Gold Mining and Milling in the Black Canyon area, Yavapai County, Arizona. U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 6905: 37.

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

Blacet (1968) Ph.D. thesis, Stanford University.

Dewitt (1976) M.S. thesis, University of Arizona.

Niemuth, N.J. (1987), Arizona Mineral Development 1984-1986, Arizona Department of Mines & Mineral Resources Directory 29, 46pp.

Niemuth, N.J. & K.A. Phillips (1992), Copper Oxide Resources, Arizona Department of Mines & Mineral Resources Open File Rept. 92-10: 17 (Table 1).

Anthony, J.W., et al (1995), Mineralogy of Arizona, 3rd.ed.: 161.

USGS GQ map GQ-997.

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

USG Battle Flat Quadrangle map.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Mining District Sheet 10.

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources De Soto file.

MRDS database Dep. ID #10027172, MRDS ID #M002371.

A former underground Cu-W-Ag-Au-Pb-Zn-Fe-As mine located in the NW¼ sec. 20, T.11N., R.1E. (Battle Flat 7.5 minute topo map), 2 miles NE of the Peck Mine, about 4 miles South of Mayer, at an approximate altitude of 5,800 feet. Ultimately closed in 1922. Owned by the Southwest Metals Co. (1926). Discovered 1890. Produced 1890-1972. Claims extend into the center of the S½ of sec. 20; NE¼, W½W½NW¼, and NE¼NE¼SW¼ of sec. 19; the S½SE¼ of sec. 18; and, the SW¼SW¼ of sec. 17.

Mineralization is a pyritic schist deposit with 7 overlapping lenses of tapering form, most coming to a point 900 feet down from the outcrop. Yavapai chloritic schists strike N.23ºE. at the mine and dip 70ºNW. Orebodies contained in the Yavapai Schist-Taconite and the Iron King Volcanics. Ore control was stratigraphy and igneous activity. Concentration was oxidation at near surface. Alteration included chloritization and sericitization. Gangue is fine-grained quartz.

Workings include a main tunnel 600 feet below the outcrop; a total of 4 tunnels (1928). Production was 180,000 tons of ore averaging 3.75% Cu & 1 oz. Ag/T plus 0.02 oz. Au/T.

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