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LauraA
09-13-2007, 09:02 AM
We were told about and went to an old Fluorite mine yesterday. The locals called it the Zadora Mine, but I haven't been able to find any information about it. It's in the McFadden mining district (Gila County, AZ) and the road to it is just a few hundred feet from mile marker #288 on Hwy 288 heading toward Young. We've passed it many times but didn't know there was a mine there, only about a mile and a half off Hwy 288. (4 wheel drive for sure!) I've tried several different spellings, Zee Dora, Zadora, etc., but still no luck.
Has anyone ever been there or have an idea where else I can look for information? I've already tried the usual sources, Mines and Minerals map, Mindat.org, etc.
No, I don't have the GPS coordinates for it ... I'm STILL living in the dark ages and change doesn't come easily for me. :o
We didn't go into the mine, still too snakey here for me, but we'll go back this winter and see what's inside.

Here are few pictures we took.


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Toysx2
09-13-2007, 04:10 PM
Hi Laura!

I don't know if I will be any where close on this one, but the info that I have only shows one flourite mine in the McFadden area. On the topo, it looks to be west of the Young road and southwest of the McFadden lookout. The names given for the mine are: McFadden Peak Fluorspar Mine(Western Fluourspar Mine; Mack group, Mack claims, Jerky group....Plugging that info into Mindat shows that the mine was active from 1975-1979.

Co-ordinates given are N 33.906 and W 110.989


HTH

Toysx2

LauraA
09-13-2007, 04:30 PM
Toys, Yes, I believe that's the one...matter of fact we could see the mine from the fire tower on McFadden Peak, the towerman showed it to us through his binoculars. I'm thinking that Zadora Mine wasn't the name registered, maybe for some reason it was just called that. It was probably one of the many mines registered to the Mack group. The dates seem right as well, the mill closed in Tonto Basin about that time, and we were told that there was no longer a place for them to take the fluorite to mill it, making it unprofitable to continue mining. It must have been quite extensive judging by the large piles of tailings all over the place.
Thanks for your input! :)

Kelly
09-13-2007, 05:23 PM
Geat post and pics,Laura.:)
I really enjoy looking at old mines. Thanks for sharing.;)

brian10x
09-13-2007, 08:23 PM
Really creepy looking mine there Laura! (Thats a good thing) Please take more pictures when you go back!

bad bob
09-13-2007, 08:37 PM
Toys, Yes, I believe that's the one...matter of fact we could see the mine from the fire tower on McFadden Peak, the towerman showed it to us through his binoculars. I'm thinking that Zadora Mine wasn't the name registered, maybe for some reason it was just called that. It was probably one of the many mines registered to the Mack group. The dates seem right as well, the mill closed in Tonto Basin about that time, and we were told that there was no longer a place for them to take the fluorite to mill it, making it unprofitable to continue mining. It must have been quite extensive judging by the large piles of tailings all over the place.
Thanks for your input! :)


Now how could such an easy solution escape so many brilliant minds back then?
Seems to me when they ran out of places to take the flourite, they should have just called Betty Crocker. I'm sure she would'a taken it. :o

LauraA
09-14-2007, 02:17 AM
Really creepy looking mine there Laura! (Thats a good thing) Please take more pictures when you go back!

Brian, I've got a few more pictures and short write up in my journal. McFadden Peak & Zadora Mine (http://journals.aol.com/lpleas3333/AdensAdventures/entries/2007/09/12/mcfadden-peak--zadora-mine/730)

brian10x
09-14-2007, 04:33 AM
Brian, I've got a few more pictures and short write up in my journal. McFadden Peak & Zadora Mine (http://journals.aol.com/lpleas3333/AdensAdventures/entries/2007/09/12/mcfadden-peak--zadora-mine/730)

Great pictures, Laura. Were there any goodies in the storage shed, or are you leaving that for next time?

Brian

LauraA
09-14-2007, 05:03 AM
We were so paranoid about rattlers we didn't even check inside. They were everywhere, probably snacking on the abundance of ground squirrels in the area. We'll head back during the cold winter months to check further.

speedy
09-14-2007, 07:42 AM
Great pics, Laura. Thanks................Speedy

LauraA
09-17-2007, 04:37 PM
We went back to the mine on Sunday with a friend. Two Jeeps are always better than one. It's an interesting place. We're speculating that they found a natural cave while they were digging the mine...or perhaps it was a cave then they discovered mineral and mined it. Either way, there are some stalactites and stalagmites in the tailings piled up outside.
Here's a picture of one of them that we took home, along with a couple of more pics if the mine.


Stalactite
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You can see the tracks in this one
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Vertical shaft with an old ladder leading down. (or UP depending on where your perspective) :D
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Gravelrash
09-17-2007, 04:54 PM
Laura - those old mine props don't inspire ANY confidence!
Looks like a good time was had by all though.

azpete
09-17-2007, 06:10 PM
Laura,
Here's some additional poop on yer newly found mine:

McFaddenPeak Fluorspar Mine

(REP_NAME) WELLS, TINA M.;ORRIS, GRETA J.
(REP_DATE) 10/01/92;11/01/93
(SITE_NAME) MCFADDEN PEAK FLUORSPAR
(CONTINENT) NA
(COUNTRY) US
(STATE) AZ
(COUNTY) GILA
(DISTRICT) SIERRA ANCHA MINING DISTRICT
(QUAD_250K) MESA
(QUAD_24K) MCFADDEN PEAK
(LAT_DMS) 33-54-06N
(LONG_DMS) 110-58-03W
(LONG_DEC) -110.9675
(LAT_DEC) 33.9017
(COM_TYPE) N
(COM_PRESEN) F
(ORE_MATERI) FLUORITE
(NONORE_MAT) QUARTZ, CALCITE
(HRCK_NAME) QUARTZITE, HORNFELS
(HRTYP_NAME) DRIPPING SPRINGS QUARTZITE
(MODEL_NAME) FLUORITE VEINS
(DEP_TYPE) VEIN
(OWNROPER) ESTATE OF WOODIE NICHOLS (1982)
(REFERENCE) PEIRCE, H.W., 1990, ARIZONA GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDUSTRIAL MINERAL CARD FILES.;SAWYER, M.B., GURMENDI, A.C., DALEY, M.R., AND HOWELL, S.B., 1992, PRINCIPAL DEPOSITS OF STRATEGIC AND CRITICAL MINERALS IN ARIZONA: UNITED STATES BUREAU OF MINES SPECIAL PUBL

Sounds like a couple of gals are the reps for the Nichols estate as owners.

-- Pete

LauraA
09-18-2007, 03:36 AM
Laura - those old mine props don't inspire ANY confidence!
Looks like a good time was had by all though.

Those rotten supports were outside of the main entrance. Exposure to the elements and termites caused them to deteriorate fast. The Az. Dept. of Mines probably errected the wooden structure in an attempt to keep people out of the mine. The areas around the mine were posted with the usual "Stay out, Stay Alive" warning signs. Funny thing is, the "safer" adit is posted with warnings, but the vertical, much more dangerous shafts, have no warnings at all. :rolleyes:
Here's another shot, showing things looking more secure inside.


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Pete, Thanks so much for the further information. Woodie Nichols was well known in this area. He was an entrepreneur among other things. He owned huge chunks of land out our way. He built Roosevelt Resort and also subdivided the area we live in.
Folks around here called him Wooden Nichols, or Slick Nichols in reference to some of his dealings I suppose.
The mine is now owned by the Forest Service and I suppose it'll go the way of the Dodo bird before too long and be "reclaimed". :(

speedy
09-18-2007, 05:38 AM
Really nice pics, Laura. Thanks for posting them.......Speedy

GaryB
09-18-2007, 08:18 AM
Cool find Laura.

I never really knew about fluorite till recently when I was researching some local mines. Seems their biggest down fall was the cost of shipping from point A to B. The discovery of closer resources to the West Coast steel and concrete plants further hampered them, as well as the decline in US steel production.

I guess for us, they cool thing is that many fluorite mines were working up to the last 10-15 years or later, so their history (ruins) is still fresh for us to get a glimpse of.

LauraA
09-19-2007, 04:06 AM
The downfall of the Fluorite mines here was the closing of the local mill to process the ore. It turned out to be too costly to take it to Texas where the nearest mill was located. If you ever get a chance to go into a Fluorite mine, try to take a florescent light with you. Once inside and away from exterior light, turn it on. It's quite a sight to see as the walls fluoresce with all different sparkling colors.