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Purple Passion Mine (Diamond Joe Mine; Cuprite Mine), Monarch Wash area, Black Rock Mining District, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USAi
Regional Level Types
Purple Passion Mine (Diamond Joe Mine; Cuprite Mine)Mine
Monarch Wash areaWash (Active)
Black Rock Mining DistrictMining District
Yavapai Co.County
ArizonaState
USACountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
34° 0' 4'' North , 112° 36' 15'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Wickenburg6,806 (2017)12.1km
Morristown227 (2017)16.2km
Wittmann763 (2011)26.0km
Yarnell649 (2011)27.8km
Congress1,975 (2014)28.9km


A former underground Ag-Pb-Au-Cu-Mo mine located in the SE¼ sec. 30, T8N, R3W, at about 3,300 feet of altitude. Formerly the Diamond Joe mine. Discovered around 1890 by Mr. A.B. Lovell. Produced intermittently from 1901 to 1926. Operated by the Diamond Joe Mining Co., Inc. about 1926. This firm was owned exclusively by Mr. George R. Kyok of Wickenburg. It closed in 1928 allegedly due to a lack of sufficient water. It was again opened briefly in 1945, shipped a small amount of ore and closed again. In recent years this mine is under claim for the recovery of mineral specimens. Trespassing without the permission of the claim holder is prohibited.

Mineralization is a vein deposit with a tabular ore body hosted in granodiorite, that is extensively intruded by dikes of various kinds, ranging from basic andesites to very acid rocks. There is considerable faulting and the vein or orebody is in the main fault, a N-S fissure dipping about 50 degrees west. None of the intrusive dikes cut across the ore vein. At least two known faults cross the vein but hardly dislocate it. All of this disturbance is in the hanging wall. The footwall area is relatively undisturbed diorite, solid and little altered. The highly intruded condition of the hanging wall has resulted in extensive kaolinization, with schistosity, and the general result is a badly broken, distorted, kaolinized area over the ore.

The vein can be traced on surface for about 1,200 feet, and, from sporadic indications of the same fissure, for a probable total length up to 3,000 feet. The mineralization is principally a calcite gangue carrying lead and silver minerals, with considerable iron stain in places, and evidence of an intrusion of porphyry along the fissure.

Workings include an inclined shaft of 325 feet along the dip (225 feet vertical). Vertical shaft No. 1 intersected the inclined shaft at the 83 foot level and continued down to 180 feet. A lack of sufficient operating water resulted in the sinking of vertical shaft No. 2 to the 500 foot level. The first 225 feet of this shaft were utilized as the main entrance to the lowest working level of the mine. The bottom 275 feet were used as a reservoir to supply water for the milling operations. A total of 2,250 feet of tunnels, shafts, and stopes were driven, with levels at 45, 83, 180 and 225 feet.

Production was some 135,000 tons of ore.

This mine has been located or misfiled in several districts, but at this time the AZGS and USGS place it in the Black Rock district. (WW Besse, 2018)

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


19 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Aragonite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
'Biotite'
Formula: K(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
Reference: Rolf Luetcke
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Cerussite
Formula: PbCO3
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Chlorargyrite
Formula: AgCl
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: Rolf Luetcke
Hydrozincite
Formula: Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Reference: Rolf Luetcke
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Description: Alteration product in hanging wall of vein.
Reference: Gohring, W.B. (1934), Report on the Diamond Joe Mining property: AZ Dept. of Mines & Min. Res., Primary Data file - Diamond Joe.
Mimetite
Formula: Pb5(AsO4)3Cl
Reference: In the collection of Brent Thorne.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Quartz var: Smoky Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Rolf Luetcke
Silver
Formula: Ag
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Smithsonite
Formula: ZnCO3
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Sulphur
Formula: S8
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"
Willemite
Formula: Zn2SiO4
Reference: Mr. William Gardner, mine claim holder; C. Lemanski, Jr.
Wulfenite
Formula: Pb(MoO4)
Reference: MInRec Vol. 31 No. 4 "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapi Co. AZ"

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Gold1.AA.05Au
Silver1.AA.05Ag
Sulphur1.CC.05S8
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Group 3 - Halides
Chlorargyrite3.AA.15AgCl
Fluorite3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Smoky Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Aragonite5.AB.15CaCO3
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Cerussite5.AB.15PbCO3
Hydrozincite5.BA.15Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Smithsonite5.AB.05ZnCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Anglesite7.AD.35PbSO4
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Wulfenite7.GA.05Pb(MoO4)
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Mimetite8.BN.05Pb5(AsO4)3Cl
Group 9 - Silicates
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Willemite9.AA.05Zn2SiO4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Biotite'-K(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Gold1.1.1.1Au
Silver1.1.1.2Ag
Semi-metals and non-metals
Sulphur1.3.5.1S8
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX
Chlorargyrite9.1.4.1AgCl
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Cerussite14.1.3.4PbCO3
Smithsonite14.1.1.6ZnCO3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Hydrozincite16a.4.1.1Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anglesite28.3.1.3PbSO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Group 41 - ANHYDROUS PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
A5(XO4)3Zq
Mimetite41.8.4.2Pb5(AsO4)3Cl
Group 48 - ANHYDROUS MOLYBDATES AND TUNGSTATES
AXO4
Wulfenite48.1.3.1Pb(MoO4)
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in [4] coordination
Willemite51.1.1.2Zn2SiO4
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Aragonite-CaCO3
'Biotite'-K(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Quartz
var: Smoky Quartz
-SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
H BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
CCarbon
C AragoniteCaCO3
C CalciteCaCO3
C CerussitePbCO3
C SmithsoniteZnCO3
C HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
OOxygen
O AnglesitePbSO4
O AragoniteCaCO3
O BaryteBaSO4
O CalciteCaCO3
O CerussitePbCO3
O QuartzSiO2
O SmithsoniteZnCO3
O WillemiteZn2SiO4
O WulfenitePb(MoO4)
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O MimetitePb5(AsO4)3Cl
O HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
O Quartz (var: Smoky Quartz)SiO2
O BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
O HematiteFe2O3
FFluorine
F FluoriteCaF2
F BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
MgMagnesium
Mg BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
AlAluminium
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si WillemiteZn2SiO4
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si Quartz (var: Smoky Quartz)SiO2
Si BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
SSulfur
S AnglesitePbSO4
S BaryteBaSO4
S GalenaPbS
S SulphurS8
ClChlorine
Cl ChlorargyriteAgCl
Cl MimetitePb5(AsO4)3Cl
KPotassium
K BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
CaCalcium
Ca AragoniteCaCO3
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca FluoriteCaF2
FeIron
Fe BiotiteK(Fe2+/Mg)2(Al/Fe3+/Mg)([Si/Al]Si2O10)(OH/F)2
Fe HematiteFe2O3
ZnZinc
Zn SmithsoniteZnCO3
Zn WillemiteZn2SiO4
Zn HydrozinciteZn5(CO3)2(OH)6
AsArsenic
As MimetitePb5(AsO4)3Cl
MoMolybdenum
Mo WulfenitePb(MoO4)
AgSilver
Ag ChlorargyriteAgCl
Ag SilverAg
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
AuGold
Au GoldAu
PbLead
Pb AnglesitePbSO4
Pb CerussitePbCO3
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb WulfenitePb(MoO4)
Pb MimetitePb5(AsO4)3Cl

References

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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A)
Sedgwick, A.E. (1921 & 1923), Report on the Diamond Joe group of claims: Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources, Primary data file - Diamond Joe 3/20/90.
Gohring, W.B. (1934), Report on the Diamond Joe Mining property: Arizona Department of Mines & Mineral Resources, Primary Data file - Diamond Joe 3/20/90.
Roe, A. (1980), Micromounting in Arizona: Mineralogical Record: 11: 264.
Stimac, James A., Joan E. Fryxell, Stephen J. Reynolds, Stephen M. Richard, Michael J. Grubensky & Elizabeth A. Scott (1987), Geologic map of the Wickenburg, southern Buckhorn, and northwestern Hieroglyphic Mountains, central Arizona: Arizona Bureau of Geology & Mineral Technology Open-File Report 87-9.
Davis, E. and Gardner, B. (2000). "The Purple Passion Mine, Yavapai County, Arizona." Mineralogical Record: 31(4): 323-331.
U.S. Bureau of Mines - Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology file data.
Arizona Department of Mineral Resources Diamond Joe Mine file.
USGS Morgan Butte Quadrangle map.
MRDS database Dep. ID #10109859, MRDS ID #M800336; and, Dep. ID #10137780, MAS ID #0040250656.

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