ROWLEY MINE, THEBA, MARICOPA CO., AZ

 

 

 

On May 31, 2002 Don, Patrick and I went to the Rowley Mine. This one isnít in the Bearce book, so I called David Shannon and got directions from him.

We took I-8 to exit 102 and went north on Painted Rock Road about 12.5 miles. After the road turned right at the entrance to Painted Rocks State Park, we turned onto the first dirt road on the right. We went in about 1.5 miles on this road, bearing left at all forks. As you can see from the top picture, you drive right up to the mine.

There are two or three vertical shafts and a number of spoils piles, and no shade at all! The temperature reached 113 F that day.

Minerals we collected:

Barite (#190)

Wulfenite (#186)

Mimetite (#188)

Vanadinite (#187)

Chrysocolla (#191)

Quartz (#1001)

Descloizite

Cerussite (#1025)

Fluorite

Chalcocite

 

Other species reported from this locality that we did not find this trip:

Galena

Hematite

Covellite

Anglesite

Caledonite

Linarite

Atacamite

Diaboleite

Boleite

Leadhillite

Pyromprphite (#189)

Willemite

Minium

Chalcopyrite

Malachite

Pyrite

 

For more information on this mine, see The Mineralogical Record, vol. 5, pp. 12-30.

 

ON TO THE NEXT TRIP: Wickenburg, AZ