The Lake Valley Mining District

Mines and mining districts are ill defined.  Geographic coverage and names have varied over time.  In general, the mines listed here are to the vicinity of Lake Valley, New Mexico - Tierra Blanca to the north and Macho to the south.  

The following is a listing of the mines of the Lake Valley Mining District, the minerals that were taken from the mines, information about the mines, and links to other material about the mines.  Entries which are dates (e.g. March 23, 1883) are links to that issue of The Black Range newspaper.

Lake Valley Patented Claims


The patented claims of the Lake Valley District are shown in this diagram from page 72 of Bulletin 37 - Geology and Mineral Deposits of Lake Valley Quadrangle, Grant, Luna, and Sierra Counties, New Mexico by Henry L. Jicha, Jr. 1954.  Unfortunately the mining sites of the Lake Valley Mining District are on private land and are closed to entry.  The mines there produced significant amounts of silver and other minerals and were the basis for enormous mining scams.

Lake Valley ca. 1905 by Henry Schmidt


The photograph shown above was taken by Henry A. Schmidt in 1905 (subject of last Friday’s post).  It shows the town of Lake Valley at that time.  Note that the railroad spur from Nutt was still active at that time, as indicated by the train shown at the center right of the photograph.


MINES OF THE LAKE VALLEY, TIERRA BLANCA, AND MACHO MINING DISTRICTS


ANNIVERSARY SHAFT (MACHO DISTRICT)

  • Minerals:   Anglesite    Calcite    Cerussite    Chert    Galena    Hemimorphite    Limonite    Psilomelane    Pyrite    Smithsonite    Sphalerite    Vanadinite    Wulfenite


ARGUS CLAIMS (TIERRA BLANCA DISTRICT)


BELLA CHUTE (SIERRA BELLA GROUP - LAKE VALLEY)


BERRENDA CREEK PROSPECTS (TIERRA BLANCA DISTRICT)

  • Minerals:   Quartz    Scheelite


BRIDAL CHAMBER STOPE (SIERRA GRANDE MINE - LAKE VALLEY)


BUNKHOUSE STOPE (SIERRA BELLA GROUP - LAKE VALLEY)


CAROLINA MINE (SIERRA GRANDE MINE - LAKE VALLEY)


COLUMBIA (SIERRA BELLA GROUP - LAKE VALLEY)


EMPORIA INCLINE (SIERRA BELLA GROUP - LAKE VALLEY)


HARRISON MINE (SIERRA BELLA GROUP - LAKE VALLEY)


LAKE VALLEY

  • Minerals:  Sanidine


LAST CHANCE (SIERRA BELLA GROUP - LAKE VALLEY)


LATHAM MINE (TIERRA BLANCA DISTRICT)

  • Minerals: Hematite


LOG CABIN MINE (TIERRA BLANCA DISTRICT)


LOOKOUT MINE (TIERRA BLANCA DISTRICT)


MIDNIGHT CLAIM (TIERRA BLANCA DISTRICT)


OLD BRIDAL CHAMBER MINE - SEE: BRIDAL CHAMBER STOPE


OLD DUDE SHAFT (MACHO DISTRICT)

  • MINERALS:   Anglesite    Bayrte    Calcite    Cerussite    Chalcocite    Chert    Galena    Hemimorphite    Limonite    Psilomelane    Pyrite    Smithsonite    Sphalerite    Vanadinite    Wulfenite


PIERCE CANYON IRON DEPOSIT (TIERRA BLANCA DISTRICT)

  • Minerals:   Chlorite Group    Glauconite    Hematite


SIERRA APACHE GROUP - LAKE VALLEY


SIERRA BELLA GROUP - LAKE VALLEY


SIERRA GRANDE MINE - LAKE VALLEY


SIERRA PLATA - LAKE VALLEY


SILVER KING MINE (TIERRA BLANCA DISTRICT)

  • Minerals:   Acanthite


STRIBY MINE (SIERRA BELLA GROUP - LAKE VALLEY)


THIRTY STOPE (SIERRA GRANDE MINE - LAKE VALLEY)


TWENTY-FIVE CUT (SIERRA GRANDE MINE - LAKE VALLEY)


VICTORY CLAIMS (MACHO DISTRICT)


WAUSA CLAIM (TIERRA BLANCA DISTRICT)


 

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