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Queen Creek Mine, Apache Leap area, Superior, Pioneer District, Pinal Mts, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA

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A former underground Cu-Au-Ag-Mn mine located in sec. 2, T2S, R12E, a short distance south of Queen Creek, about 0.3 miles SW of the intersection of Queen Creek and Elm Canyon, and about 1¼ miles SSE of Superior. The southward extension of the Lake Superior and Arizona vein. Discovered by William Windsor in 1902. The original claims were staked by William Windsor in 1902; adjoining claims were staked in 1905 by Jim Neary, bringing the number of claims to 12. In 1930 claims totaled 52. Produced 1907-1942. Owned by the Magma Copper Co. Operated by the Queen Creek Copper Co. (1938). Leased by G.J. Poole & E. Cockerhan, lessors (early 1933- ).

Mineralization is a tabular to irregular ore body hosted in Troy Quartzite and Martin Limestone. The ore body is tabular, strikes N5W, dips 30NE, and is 6.1 meters thick. Ore occurs in shoots along the fissures in the Troy Quartzite-Martin Limestone contact. Ore control was the contact between the rock units.

Regional structures include E-W-trending faults, and the major N-S-trending Concentrator Fault 100 meters W of the mine.

Workings include an 817 foot inclined shaft (Queen Tunnel), connecting with a vertical shaft, with several hundred feet of drifts on 7 levels, south from the shaft. Assayed at about 1.0 oz. Au and 2 oz. Ag/T.

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Jones, Jr., E.L. & F.L. Ransome (1920), Deposits of manganese ore in Arizona, USGS Bull. 710-D: 163.

Wilson, E.D., et al (1934), Arizona Bureau of Mines Bull. 137: 170.

Short, M.N., Galbraith, F.W., Harshman, E.N., Kuhn, T.H., and Wilson, E.D. (1943) Geology and Ore Deposits of the Superior Mining area, Arizona. Arizona Bureau of Mines Bulletin 151: 158-159.

Farnham, L.L., Stewart, L.A., and Delong, C.W. (1961), Manganese deposits of eastern Arizona, US Bureau of Mines Information Circular 7990: 124, 126, 138, 139.

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: 170.

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

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Mining District Sheet 609.

MRDS database Dep. ID #10088907, MRDS ID #M899882; and Dep. ID #10138000, MAS ID #0040210997.

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