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Virginia Mine (Captain Allen; White Gulch; Virginia-Belmont; Virginia No. 2 claim; Belmont claim; Claremont claim; Angus claim; Piedmont claim), Virginia Point, Coulterville District, Mother Lode Belt, Mariposa Co., California, USA

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A former Au mine located in the W½ sec. 13 & in the E½ sec. 14, T3S, R16E, MDM, 0.8 km (2,500 feet) NW of Virginia Point (coordinates of record). Discovered in 1850. Property consists of 72 patented acres comprised of at least 5 claims. Operated intermittently until 1936; some exploratory work being done during the period 1952-1953. Operated by Sam E. Wells. MRDS database stated accuracy for this location is 1,000 meters. There are several unidentified prospects shown in the NW¼SW¼ sec. 13, as well as several near the common quarter corner of these secs. - possibly they are part of this group.

Local rocks include ultramafic rocks, chiefly Mesozoic, unit 2 (Western Sierra Nevada and Klamath Mountains).

Workings include underground openings comprised of a 1,300 foot inclined shaft with levels at 100 foot intervals, connecting the adit haulageway; more than 10,000 feet of drifts and additional shafts and adits.

Production information: Reported total production was $824,000 (period values) - approximately $100,000 before 1898; 1898-1931, more than $660,000 during the period 1898-1931; approximately $64,000 during the period 1931-1936. In addition to native gold, ore minerals include pyrite, chalcopyrite and galena. Some bonanza gold was mined from the upper 80 feet of the vein - one pocket of specimen ore containing large flakes and stringers of Au yielded $10,000 (period values). Cu production was less than 100,000 pounds.

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Ransome, Frederick Leslie (1900), Description of the Mother Lode district, California: USGS Geological Atlas, Mother Lode (folio No. 63), 11 pp.: claim sheet 2, sec. 4 (location).

Eric, J.C. (1948), Copper in California: California Division of Mines Bulletin 144: 270.

Bowen, O.E., Jr. & C.H. Gray, Jr. (1957), Mines and mineral deposits of Mariposa County, California: California Journal of Mines and Geology (Report 53): 53(1&2): 176-179, 313.

USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10109231 & 10236225.

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Minerals Availability System (MAS) file ID #0060430081.

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