Sadler Mine

Abandoned Mine marker for the Saddler Mine Adit.
Saddler Mine Pony Hills, New Mexico

Saddler Mine Adit, Pony Hills, New Mexico

The Sadler Mine (Saddler Mine, in some sources) is located at the southeastern end of the Pony Hills (Fluorite Ridge), northeast of Deming.  At about MP 6, turn north off of NM-26, on to Greenleaf Road (Green Leaf Road and/or County Road 16, or A016 in some sources).  When you reach the Pony Hills Ridge, which are the hills on the left of the road as you approach from the south, there will be several structures on your left.  These structures were part of the Greenleaf Mine complex.  The road to the Saddler Mine is more or less obvious, high clearance is recommended.

Sadler Mine map

The abandoned mine marker for the Sadler Mine adit is shown at the top of this page, the marker for the Sadler Mine Stope, as well as the stope, is shown below.  An adit is what I grew up calling a mine, it is a horizontal hole dug in the side of a mountain.  A stope is a hole, it can have a number of configurations depending on the method of mining which is used.  To be a stope, the ore/mineral/etc. must have been excavated from the area to create the hole (vs. a shaft or adit which may be dug to get to a body of ore etc.).

Saddler Mine, Pony Hills, New Mexico

Saddler Mine Stope, Pony Hills, New Mexico

Fluorite was the object of mining at Greenleaf and Sadler, an especially important commodity during the Second World War.  That is why the Federal Government built the access road into the area.  See New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Bulletin 21 - Fluorspar Resources of New Mexico - prepared by the US Geological Survey. pp 123 - 142 (Fluorite Ridge Mines) for more information about this area, including an excellent write-up of the mining and mining history of this site.

Saddler Mine, Pony Hills, New Mexico

The Sadler Mine is the oldest fluorspar mine in the Fluorite Ridge area.  It was developed on the Susan No. 1 claim in 1909 by the American Fireman’s Mining Company.  Before being abandoned it was operated by several other entities, including G. M. Sadler.  Some of the surface structures are still visible at the Sadler Mine (photo above and below).

Saddler Mine, Pony Hills, New Mexico

The view east, from the mine, is shown below.  The San Juan workings are at center left and the Greenleaf complex is in the upper center of the photograph.  Additional photographs from this site have been added to the Mines of the Black Range photo gallery.

Looking east from the Saddler Mine (Greenleaf Mine in center of photo), Pony Hills, New Mexico

Saddler Mine, Pony Hills, New Mexico

Saddler Mine, Pony Hills, New Mexico

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