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Golden Idol Mine (Hillside Mine; Verde Inspiration Mine), Cherry, Cherry Creek District, Black Hills (Black Hill Range), Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA

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A former surface and underground Au-Cu mine located about 1½ miles North of Cherry at 5,400 feet of altitude. Started in 1907 and closed in 1910. Owned by the Verde Inspiration Co.

Mineralization is a 4 foot wide vein (at the shaft), averaging 18 inches (45 cm) wide, striking N.35ºE. and dips 45ºW with ore in lenses and pods. Comprised of sheared granite with bunches of quartz. There appears to be 3 veins on the property. Ore control was faulting and shearing. Ore concentration was oxidation at near surface. No alteration noted. An associated rock unit is the Cherry Creek Quartz Diorite (informal).

Workings include a 400 foot incline at 35º with 375 feet of drift on one vein. A stamp mill and cyanide plant were erected on the site.

Mineral List

5 entries listed. 3 valid minerals.

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Yavapai Magazine (1918) February, 1918: 6.

Lindgren, W. (1926), Ore deposits of the Jerome and Bradshaw Mountains quadrangles, Arizona, USGS Bull. 782: 106.

Wilson, E.D., Cunningham, J.B., and Butler, G.M. (1934), Arizona Lode Gold Mines and Gold Mining. Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 137: 30.

Anderson, C.A. & S.C. Creasey (1958), Geology and ore deposits of the Jerome area, Yavapai County, Arizona, USGS PP 308: 175-176.

USGS Cherry Quadrangle map.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Arizona Mining Claims Files #29776-29781.

MRDS database Dep. ID #10027299, MRDS ID #M002760; and, Dep. ID #10113836, MAS ID #0040250818.

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