IRON CAP MINE, KLONDYKE, GRAHAM CO., AZ

 

 

 

After we left the Finch Mine on May 29, 2002 we decided to check out the mines in the Klondyke area described in Bearceís book, since it looked fairly close on the map. As it turns out, though, thereís no direct route from Hayden to Klondyke. We had to go all the way up Highway 77 to Globe, down US 70 to Fort Thomas, and then 33 miles on an unimproved dirt road to Klondyke (population 5).

Following the directions in the book, we first headed for the Grand Reef and Dogwater mines, but were stopped by a gate. We then proceeded on to the Iron Cap Mine. This involved driving past Landsman Camp, a State campground, until the road petered out, and then climbing a steep trail about a quarter mile. The shafts here are vertical, and deep, so we obviously did all collecting on the surface.

We collected:

Andradite in yellow dodecahedra(#998)

Aragonite

Calcite, manganoan, in pink balls (#999)

Chalcopyrite

Epidote

Galena (#1000)

Johannsenite (#116)

Magnesio-Manganaxinite (#117)

Manganbabingtonite

Quartz (#121)

Sphalerite (#120)

Other minerals reported from this locality, which we didnít find on this trip:

Cosalite

Creedite

Fluorite

Gypsum

Ilvaite

Magnetite

Nekoite

Pyrite

For more information on this mine, see the article by Wendell Wilson in The Mineralogical Record, vol. 19, #2, page 81.

 

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