Holes in the ground

(The Mines of the Black Range)

 
 

As you drive through the Black Range, especially along the fringes, you will see tailings everywhere.  The evidence of people who worked beneath the ground (mostly past tense).  These holes in the ground are entryways into insights about the natural and cultural history of this region.


As this section of the Black Range Rag is developed we will add more and more of our own information.  For now, we lean heavily on mindat.org, a truly wonderful site which we will not try to replicate.


THE MINES OF THE BLACK RANGE


  1. BulletChloride Mining District

  2. Bullet1880-1900 (Blog) - This is a compilation of the issues of The Black Range Newspaper which published in the area of Robinson, Grafton, Fairview, and Socorro during this period.

  3. BulletSpell of the Black Range (Blogs to Books) The Story of a mining family which lived in Chloride, Lake Valley, and Kingston

  4. BulletCooke’s Range and Fluorite Ridge Mines

  5. BulletSadler Mine (Blog)

  6. BulletGeorgetown Mining District

  7. BulletHermosa Mining District

  8. BulletHillsboro Mining District

  9. BulletThe Mines of the Hillsboro Mining District - Vol. 1 (Video) - Bonanza, Bigelow, Rattlesnake, and Opportunity Mines

  10. BulletThe Mines of the Hillsboro Mining District - Vol. 2 (Video) - Bigelow and Garfield/Butler Mines

  11. BulletThe Mines of the Hillsboro Mining District - Vol. 3 (Video) - A flooded mine shaft at the Garfield/Butler Group and the Wick’s Mine

  12. BulletThe Mines of the Hillsboro Mining District - Vol. 4 (Video) - A Trip to Andrews

  13. BulletThe Bonanza Mine Trail & The Bonanza Mine (Blog)

  14. BulletThe Big-Low Mine Trail & The Big-Low Mine (Blog)

  15. BulletRattlesnake Mine and Trail (Blog)

  16. BulletThe Opportunity Mine (Blog)

  17. BulletThe Garfield/Butler Mine Group and Trail to the Mine

  18. BulletWicks Mine and Trail (Blog)

  19. BulletNorth Wicks - East Dike Diggings (Blog)

  20. BulletBlack Peak Mine (Blog)

  21. BulletMine Workings Along the West Slopes of North Wicks Canyon (Blog)

  22. BulletCopper Flat Copper Mine (Blog)

  23. BulletAndrews (Blog)

  24. BulletThe Vanadinite Mine (Blog)

  25. BulletThe Hall Mine (Blog)

  26. BulletThe Petroglyph Mine (Blog)

  27. BulletThe Sherman Mine (Blog)

  28. BulletThe Ready Pay Mine (Blog)

  29. BulletMcKinley Mine (Blog)

  30. BulletMines and Water - The Placer and Dredge Operations (Blog)

  31. BulletMines and Water - The Rattlesnake and Opportunity Groups (Blog)

  32. BulletTrail to the Pipeline Bridge (Blog)

  33. BulletThe Hillsboro Mining District (Blog)

  34. BulletTrail to the Stowaway Mine (Blog)

  35. BulletPalma Group of Mines (Blog)

  36. BulletGeology and Mining History of the Hillsboro Mining District: “Geology and Evolution of the Copper Flat Porphyry System, Sierra County, New Mexico” by Dr. Virginia McLemore

  37. BulletKingston Mining District

  38. BulletSpell of the Black Range (Blogs to Books) The Story of a mining family which lived in Chloride, Lake Valley, and Kingston

  39. BulletThe Mines of Kingston - 1883.pdf

  40. BulletPercha City - Finding Something That Does Not Exist (Blog)

  41. BulletLake Valley Mining Districts

  42. BulletSpell of the Black Range (Blogs to Books) The Story of a mining family which lived in Chloride, Lake Valley, and Kingston

  43. BulletSierra Grande Mine (blog)

  44. BulletMacho Mining District

  45. BulletTaylor Creek Tin District

  46. BulletTierra Blanca Mining District

  47. BulletMines of the Black Range (Photo Gallery)


THE MINERALS MINED IN THE BLACK RANGE


  1. BulletMinerals of the Black Range A-C

  2. BulletCalcite (Blog)

  3. BulletMinerals of the Black Range D-M

  4. BulletFluorite (Blog)

  5. BulletGold (Blog)

  6. BulletMinerals of the Black Range N-Z

  7. BulletPyrolusite (Blog)

  8. BulletQuartz (Blog)

  9. BulletVanadinite (Blog)

  10. BulletWulfenite (Blog)


REFERENCE MATERIAL


  1. Bullet“The Geology and Ore Deposits of Sierra County, New Mexico” by George T. Harley - Bulletin10.pdf - NM State Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources

  2. BulletMineral-Resource Assessment of Luna County, New Mexico.pdf

  3. BulletMineral Belts of Western Sierra County.pdf

  4. BulletLuna County Geology.pdf: Geology and Underground Water of Luna County, New Mexico by N. H. Darton, Bulletin 618 of the United States Geological Survey, 1916

  5. BulletBulletin 39 (Bulletin039.pdf - File is 13.8 MB in size) of the State Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources - “The Metal Resources of New Mexico and Their Economic Features Through 1954” Eugene Carter Anderson

  6. BulletD. C. Hedlund’s 1985 (preliminary) report “United States Department of the Interior Geologic Survey - Economic geology of some selected mines in the Hillsboro and San Lorenzo quadrangles, Grant and Sierra Counties, New Mexico” (Hedlund - Value of Mines in Hillsboro.pdf - the file is 1.2 MB in size)

  7. BulletGeologic Map Symbols.pdf a key to all of the symbols and colors used on geologic maps.

  8. BulletMineral and Energy Resources of the Mimbres Resource Area.PDF

  9. BulletPlayed Out in Minneapolis: The Rise? and Fall? of a Hillsboro Mining Venture by Mark B. Thompson, III - From Volume 7, No. 1 of Guajalotes, Zopilotes, y Paisanos

  10. BulletHillsboro and Las Animas Mining Districts by Joe Diel - From Vol. 6, No. 4 of Guajalotes, Zopilotes, y Paisanos

  11. BulletMaterial Supporting Joe Diel’s Article in Guajalotes, Zopilotes, y Paisanos


RELATED ENTRIES


  1. BulletA video interview with Federico Antonio Chavez Luna, born in Hillsboro in 1919.  He mined on both sides of the Black Range.

  2. BulletOur Geology of the Black Range section is obviously pertinent.

  3. BulletOur Trails of the Black Range section contains trail descriptions in mining areas or to particular mine(s).


 

A Melding of Natural and Human History