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Mechanics Mine (Potazuba), Sutter Creek, Jackson-Plymouth District, Mother Lode Belt, Amador Co., California, USA

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A Au-Zn-Cu-Pb-Fe occurrence located in the center sec. 5, T6N, R11E, MDM, 1.7 km (1.1 miles) NE of Sutter Creek (city), on the N side of Gopher Gulch, on private land. Operated by G. Allen Jr. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 1,000 meters.

Mineralization is hosted in greenstone and slate. The ore body strikes N and dips 65E. The hanging wall is greenstone and the footwall is slate. The hanging wall vein is 3 to 5 feet thick. Local rocks include Mesozoic volcanic rocks, unit 2 (Western Sierra Foothills and Western Klamath Mountains).

Workings include underground openings with a length of 91.44 meters and an overall depth of 73.15 meters, and comprised of a 240 foot shaft with 2 levels on the vein at 100 and 200 feet.

No production was recorded.

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Irelan, William, Jr. (1890b), Tenth annual report of the State Mineralogist [includes county reports by W.A. Goodyear, Henry De Groot, J.A. Brown, J.A. Miner Alexander McGregor, L.P. Goldstone, Myron Angel, E.B. Preston, W.L. Watts, J.B. Hobson, Stephen Bowers, W.P. Miller]: California Mining Bureau. (Report 10), 983 pp.: 112.

Ransome, Frederick Leslie (1900), Description of the Mother Lode district, California: USGS Geological Atlas, Mother Lode, folio No. 63, 11 pp.: claim sheet 1, section 1.

Logan, Clarence August (1927), Amador County, California Mining Bureau. (Report 23): 23: 193, 195, 252.

Logan, Clarence August (1934), Mother Lode Gold Belt of California: California Division Mines Bulletin 108, 221 pp.: 121, Pl. 3.

Carlson, D.W. & W.B. Clark (1954), Mines and Minerals of Amador County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology (Report 50): 50(1): 252.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10095057 & 10138404.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file #0060050249.

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