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Tiger Mine (Tiger property; Old Tiger Mine; California General No. 70; Patented claims 1182 - 2902 & 2415; Dis Loc. Tiger lode MS claim Gen. 105 & 106), Crown King, Tiger District, Bradshaw Mts (Bradshaw Range), Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 34° 11' 6'' North , 112° 21' 20'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 34.18500,-112.35555
GeoHash:G#: 9w047r1nj
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate

‡Ref.: The Resources of Arizona - A Manual of Reliable Information Concerning the Territory, compiled by Patrick Hamilton (1881), Prescott, AZ: 50.

University of Arizona Bull. 41 (1916-17), Mineralogy of Useful Minerals in Arizona: 54.

Yavapai Magazine (1918) June, 1918: 11 (Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ).

Lindgren, W. (1926), Ore deposits of the Jerome and Bradshaw Mountains quadrangles, Arizona, USGS Bull. 782: 164-165, 172-173.

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: 43.

Dewitt (1976) M.S. thesis, University of Arizona, 150pp.

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

USGS Crown King Quadrangle map.

USGS Skull Valley Quadrangle map.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management Mining District Sheet 213.

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Tiger Mine file.

Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Tiger Gold Mine file.

MRDS database Dep. ID #10027878, MRDS ID #M004314; and Dep. ID #10048077, MRDS ID #M800053; and Dep. ID #10135126, MAS ID #0040251491; and, Dep. ID #10210324, MAS ID #0040250391; and, Dep. ID #10259286, MAS ID #0040251490.

A former underground Ag-Cu-Au-Pb-Zn mine located on 19 claims (9 patented & 10 unpatented), 2 miles SSW of Crown King at 6,100 feet of altitude. Reopened 1910 and closed 1911. Owned by the Yavapai Consolidated Gold-Silver-Copper Co. Discovered by Mr. D.C. Moreland. Claims extend into the W½NE¼ and the E½SW¼ of sec. 27, and the E½NW¼ and the E½SW¼NW¼ of sec. 34; and, the SWSENE of sec. 22.

Mineralization is a vein deposit. The principal vein outcrops boldly about 100 feet below the shaft collar in a small gulch. It is here a composite quartz lode 20 feet wide with a body of quartz 4 feet thick on the hanging wall. The strike ranges from N.10ºE. to N.15ºW. and dips 60º to 70ºW. Ore several feet wide consists almost exclusively of white quartz, in places rather dense and flinty. Ore control was faulting and shearing. Ore concentration was oxidation of near surface ores. No alteration noted.

Local rock is the Crown King Granodiorite (informal name) which is in contact with Yavapai Schist a short distance south of the mine. Also present are rhyolite dikes.

Area features include veins that trend N20-25E, parallel to the foliation in Precambrian metamorphic rocks.

Workings feature a 3-compartment, 300 foot deep shaft, plus a shaft at least 100 feet deep (1881). Later, a vertical shaft 750 feet deep with several levels with drifts several hundred feet long on each side of the shaft. A 10-stamp mill and roaster was erected. Production was an estimated $750,000, mostly silver (period values).

Mineral List

8 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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Quaternary - Miocene
0 - 23.03 Ma

ID: 3185380
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 23.03 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Late Cretaceous
66 - 100.5 Ma

ID: 2643499

Age: Late Cretaceous (66 - 100.5 Ma)

Description: Stocks at Copper Basin, Walker, Poland Junction, and Crown King, and dikes throughout Bradshaw Mountains. Smaller stock at Pine Flat, south of Big Bug Mesa. Areally moderate-size gravity lows of about 6 mGal associated with Poland Junction and Walter stocks (Langenheim and others, 2002, fig. 8). East-west zone of low magnetic intensity corresponds with outcrop of Poland Junction stock (U.S. Geological Survey, 1972). Northeast-southwest zone of high magnetic intensity associated with Walker stock (U.S. Geological Survey, 1972). Possible buried stock suggested by boulders of granodiorite in sedimentary rocks at base of Hickey Formation along Verde fault, east of Cherry. Stock would extend to the south, toward Interstate 17. An areally moderate-size gravity low extending across Interstate 17 may support the interpretation of a buried stock (Langenheim and others, 2002, fig. 8), but also could be caused by an underlying, low-density Early Proterozoic stock. Aeromagnetic data are equivocal (Langenheim and others, 2002, fig. 5b). Texture and mineralogy of igneous rocks from one stock to another are very similar. Groundmass of fine-grained quartz, feldspar, and biotite containing phenocrysts of biotite and hornblende. Ranges in composition from calc-alkalic monzodiorite to calc-alkalic granodiorite and averages alkali-calcic to calc-alkalic tonalite. Average tonalite is metaluminous to mildly peraluminous, very sodic to sodic, and Mg rich to average in Fe/Mg ratio. K-Ar biotite and hornblende dates of Copper Basin stock are 73 Ma (Christman, 1978). K-Ar hornblende date of Walker stock is 64 Ma. K-Ar biotite date of Poland Junction stock is 70 Ma. K-Ar biotite date of Crown King stock is 65 Ma. Extensive hydrothermal alteration, veining, and mineralization associated with most stocks. Base- and precious-metal vein deposits spatially associated with most stocks (Keith and others, 1984; Welty and others, 1985; Welty and others, 1989). Brec­cias localized along rhyolite dikes and margin of stock at Crown King (Ball, 1983; Ball and Closs, 1983). Gold-rich breccia pipes localized in stock at Copper Basin (Johnston and Lowell, 1961). Silver-rich veins localized along granodiorite porphyry dikes and in stock at Poland Junction (Sturdevant, 1975). Zonation of base- and precious-metals common at Walker and Poland Junction stocks (O’Hara and others, 1991)

Reference: DeWitt, E., V. Langenheim, E. Force, R.K. Vance, P.A. Lindberg, R.L. Driscoll. Geologic map of the Prescott National Forest and the headwaters of the Verde River, Yavapai and Coconino Counties, Arizona. Scientific Investigations Map SIM-2996. [99]

1600 - 1800 Ma

ID: 2863258
Early Proterozoic metasedimentary rocks

Age: Statherian (1600 - 1800 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Pinal Schist; Yavapai Supergroup; Tonto Basin Supergroup; Vishnu Schist

Description: Metasedimentary rocks, mostly derived from sandstone and shale, with minor conglomerate and carbonate rock. Includes quartz-rich, mostly nonvolcanic Pinal Schist in southeastern Arizona and variably volcanic-lithic sedimentary rocks in the Yavapai and Tonto Basin supergroups in central Arizona. (1600-1800 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{metasedimentary,schist}, Minor:{conglomerate,carbonate,sedimentary}

Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. [133]

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