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Golden Turkey Mine (Silver Pheasant Mine), Turkey Creek, Turkey Creek District, Bradshaw Mts (Bradshaw Range), Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA

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‡Ref.: Wilson, E.D., Cunningham, J.B., and Butler, G.M. (1934), Arizona Lode Gold Mines and Gold Mining (revised 1967), Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 137: 51-52.

Guiteras, J.R. (1936) Gold Mining and Milling in the Black Canyon area, Yavapai County, Arizona. U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 6905: 14-20.

Galbraith, F.W. (1947), Minerals of Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 153: 18.

Anderson, C.A. (1972) Precambrian Rocks in the Cordes Area. USGS Bull. 1345: 34-35.

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

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Golden Turkey file.

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Silver Pheasant file.

USGS Cleator Quadrangle map.

MRDS database Dep. ID #10102450, MRDS ID #M002350; and, Dep. ID #10234435, MAS ID #0040250825.

A former underground Au-Ag-Pb-Zn-Cu mine located on the West side of Turkey Creek, about 15 miles from Mayer at 3,000 feet of altitude. Discovered 1900 by Theising. Reopened 1933 and owned by H.C. Mitchell & Associates (1934). Produced 1923-1949.

Mineralization is a vein deposit a few inches to more than 1 foot wide with a tabular ore body hosted in the Spud Mountain Volcanics. In places, a branching lode several feet wide. Ore control was faulting and shearing. Ore concentration was oxidation at near surface.

Precambrian schist strikes Northward and dips almost vertically. The vein strikes NE-ward and ranges in dip from 30º to less than 10º SE. It occupies a fissure zone, proably the result of thrust-faulting. Vein filling consists of a very coarsely-crystalline, milky to clear, glassy quartz with rather abundant, irregular masses and disseminations of sulfides. Vein walls are intensely sericitized and silicified, and in places, contain disseminated metacrysts of practically barren pyrite. The oxidized zone extended to the 250 level on the incline.

Area structures include low-angle (less than 40 degrees) veins that cut across foliation. Foliation and transposed bedding in metavolcanic rocks trends N-S.

Workings include a 100 foot deep shaft; later a 500 foot deep inclined shaft and approximately 2,000 feet of workings.

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