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EL PASO HERALD
Thursday, November 7, 1912 13
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REVIVAL OP OLD TIE ACTIVITY
IN 01UI CMP E BEEN STARTED
Once Famous Camp Proving
Greater Treasure House
Than Early Miners Imagined.
(By L. II. Davit.)
With W. H. Paul and J. H. Searle.
both mining engineers. I have visited
Strange thoughts arose as I revisited
the old scenes. The old granite peak
of San Augustine towered up 6850 feet
and old Organ peak reared its dome
like head 910S feet above the valley,
and nestled below San Augustine pass
was the old mining camp of Organ.
Just as in 181-2. when a wild ex
citement over the discovery of silver
caused a rush which nearly depopu-,
lated the then sleepy adobe town of
.Las Cruces and the new railroad town
of El Paso.
The old familiar names still cling to
many of the claims and mines, such
as the Memphis, the Merrimac, the Lit
tle Buck, Jim Flsk, the Bennett, the
Stevenson and the Modock, and the old
open cuts, tnnnels, shafts and dumps
mark the mountain sides as of yore;
But nearly all the old timers are dead.
KxpeettaR Revival of Boom.
Where once was a wild, frenzied
crowd of red-shirted miners, a half
dosen saloons and gambling hcuses, is
now a quiet village, peaceful, but ex
pectant of a revival of the gay and
flush times when silver was worth over
Jl an ounce.
As we climbed up the mountain side
from Merrimac canyon, we found one
old pioneer miner working all alone
in a tunnel on a four foot vein of
copper on his new Copper Bullion and
Iron Mask claims. He discovered the
ramous Torpedo mine many years ao
and sold it for a pittance a mine that
a dozen years afterward yielded half a
million dollars. He invested his money,
$10,000. from that sale in city lots, but
lost it through defective title; and
now in his old age, is confident he will
make another stake. On the road we
met Pat Breen, another famous pio
neer, discoverer of the Mountain Chief.
the richest gold mine ever found in
tnose mils, who made a fortune in a
week lost it in sheep, and now is
delving again to extract another stake.
Only one other pioneer remains in
camp, Jim Robinson, an invalid con
fined to his bed
"Work of the Early l'rojecterx.
The amount of development work
done b the argonauts of 1888 is won
derful They were nearly all "chlo
rtder!, ' or pocket miners, and many
a rich pocket they took out, single
pockets yielding from $10,000 to 2,
00 They were also exclusively silver
hunters in those days; and so when
silver declined in price, the mines
closed down. Little did they think the
day would come when the despised
sine, lead and copper and low grade
ores which they threw over the dump,
would -in the future prove to become
the great mineral resources of the oM
Organ district. But sueh is probably
Probably the day is not far distant
when the 0gan mountains will be
the scene of far greater activity than
ever before The early timers only
skimmed the cream from the surface.
The-future miners will gather the un
limited stores of milk, the great ore
deposits of low grade which exist in
the great contact extending from
south to north for over a score of
tniles along the west side of the
range. And this is only -40 to 60 miles
north of here, almost at EI Paso's
All of the riches of the Organ moun
tains are not confined to the great west
side contact. For in the main granitic
core of the range aqd on the eastern
side are rich vein., and deposits of
silver, gold and conper, which some day
will swell the flood of mtnesal pro
duction. This must depend on devel
opment, and treatment or concentra
tion of the ores as well as cheaper
The Organ mountains, so called from
the granite spires which In the dis
tance resemble the pipes or a gigantic
organ, form a link in the long chain
of mountains extending from the
Fraklin mountains of Texas north to
the end of the Sandia range near Al
buquerque, X. M.
The mass of the Organs form a point
about four miles north of the San Au
gustine pass to a point 10 miles south,
is composed of a coarse, granitic rocks,
porphyritic in structure, 'which have
intruded through the sedimentary rocks
which are visible along the western
side of the range. ,
The mineral deposits of the Organ
mountains are of three kinds,:
One Fissure veins in the intrusive
granites and porphyries, most of which
are on the east side of the range. Some
of these accompanying dikes of syenite
porphyry, or a dark basic horn blende
rock, which the miners used to call
diorite dikes These veins carried ga
lena, zinc blende and copper, and in the
gold camp carried gold more or less
associated with DVrite
Second Replacement deposits in i
limestone, such as the ore of the Ste-
phenson-Bennett mine, containing sil- i
Third Contact metamorphic depos
its, carrying chiefly copper, which oc- '
cur for several miles along the main
contact or qu&rts-monsonlte and lime
stone from the Torpedo mine at Organ
northward. They form irregular
masses roughly following the stratifi
action, and the primary chalcopyrite
is intimately associated with a gangue
of yellowish green garnet, some epi
dote, quartz, calcite and specularite.
Zinc blende to present in places. This
third type of veins, as a rule, contain
lttle gold and silver.
Generally copper and sine deposits
I in the Organs are at the contacts: the
jeau-suver uaposiis axe usually some
distance from the intrusive contact.
The cold and silver were deposited
chiefly in quartz veins m the intrusive I property is again Jn operation.
stone. Gopher holes have been sunk
from the top of the hill down to the
canyons. Some bunches of ore faon
lously rich in native and chloride of
i depth, flowing 150 gallons a minute.
j silver and quartz, hung together with
wires or gold, were extracted it has
been worked bj chloriders and leasers.
Some of them took out pockets worth
$10,000 to $20,000. The total produc
tion, says Mr. Bentley, has been about
$100,000 Underlying the lime strata
is a dark shale or slate. A tunnel has
been driven in the line of this contact.
Across the canyon and adjoining the
Little Buck to the northeast is the Jim
Fisk. Here we found an inclne tun
nel with a car track about 200 feet
long following a seam of lead and zinc,
which swells occasionally into good
pockets. This property lies in the
same mineral zone as the Little Buck
and is said to have yielded considerable
Higher up the hill, on the same ridge,
is the Black Prince, a rich zinc and
silver-lead mine, extensively developed.
It is owned by John Thompson, of El
Paso, who is one of the old pioneers
of the Organs. In the tunnel is a. vein
of solid zinc blende about two ffet
thick This mine has a record of high
From the above mentioned properties
we went back south, to the town of
Organ. Just west of the road and north
of town in the foothills is the I'hila
delphla mine, on which are two hoists
and large dumps. These claims were
operated first about 25 years ago and
rich silver-lead was produced. The
Has Had Rich Ostsnt.
No one knows how much ore has
been produced in the Organ district
One estimate places the total yield at
$2,600,000 prior to 1900. of which $1,
2E0.000 came from the lead-silver ores,
$1,000,000 from copper ores and $250,
000 from silver and gold ores It will
be noticed that the chief production in
that dstrict has been from the lead
silver veins in limestone and from the
copper in.t contact-metamorphic de
posits. "- '
"prd Maes Vf sited.
We visited a number of the old
mines and several prospects on the
western side of the range. W de
scended the Excelsior mine, which is
now idle. This property is situated
a mile and a quarter north of the town
of Organ. It is owned by the estate
cf Gedrge K. Wood, of Chicago The
main shaft is about ISO feet deep, and
inclines to the west about 60 degrees
According to L. N. Bentley, the as
sayer and mining geologist of Organ,
the Excelsior has produced and shipped
over 100 carloads of ore running from
12 to 25 percent copper. It belongs to
the contact-metamorphic class of de
posits. The ore eTMCsdtt occurs in a
garnetizeA stratum. Jtjnating with
coarsely crystalline magfaesian lime
stone. The mineraUMd- body is over
20 feet wide. Tns-'strike of the vein
at the shaft is north and south and
the granite contact lies a little east.
The minerals are malachite, chalcoclte
ana cnaicopynie, me jasi mieruuirai
with garnet. There has been consider
able atoping in the lower levels There
is a large dump of low grade ore that
would run from three to five percent
copper. On the property is a gasoline
hoist and several frame houses.
This mine was discovered in the early
days and then called the Jay Gould, and
-was owned by Lige Davis and associ
ates. In 1899 R. T. Anderson, of EI
Paso, and William Hayden, of Organ,
operated it and skipped a large amount
of -good copper ore, and transferred the
mine to an eastern company.
At the Excelsior the contact swings
eastward and the next property of note
is the Ruby, one-fourth mile from the
Excelsior. The development is slight
and the ore is similar in character to
that of the Excelsior.
A little east of the Excelsior, in the
granite, is the Big Three mine. owned
and now in active operation by Lerch
en and Johnson, who have Just shipped
a carload of high grade ore to the smel
ter running 100 ounces silver and 30 to
50 percent lead. It is developed by a
100 foot shaft. The vein is a fissure,
two "to four feet wide, constantly wid
ening with depth
Northeast of the Excelsior about a
mile is the old Merrimac mine, in a
ridge from the main range along the
Merrimac canyon. It is said to be
owned by Mrs. Felter, of Las Cruces.
There is a vertical shaft over 140 feet
deep which penetrated zinc blende and
chalcopyrite. From this shaft was
taken out very high grade siher ore.
In a shallow tunnel is a stratum of zinc
carbonates. The croppings are copper
stained. Two hundred feet south of
the shaft is the granite contact.' The
zinc occurs tot a gametic rock.
Henry Fay's Claims.
Ascending the canyon, we came to a
spring, and followed up the contact
southeastward 500 feet higher up the
mountal nto the Copper Bullion and
the Iron Mask claims, owned by Henry
Foy. On this are two parallel veins,
when he is developng by three tunnels.
These veins run east and west. In
the tunnel where Foy is working the
vein is three and a hair to four feet
wide and the ore runs nine percent
copper. It looks like a mighty fine
prospect. The ores are oxidised.
Across the canyon and immediately
north of the Copper Bullion is the Apex
mine, owned by L. B. Bentley, of Or
gan, and H. X. Bowman. This is a
onact vein of lead-silver ore between
granite and lime. It is developed by
tnnnejs and shafts and is a very prom
Down the ridge, west of the Apex, is
the famous Little Buck mine, which
also adjoins the .Merrimac on the north
oast. It is owned bv Duncan and Me
Cowan, of Organ. This mine is a cu
riosity. The ore occurs in irregular
streaks and pockets, following a purple
quartz and fluorite through the lime-
itONI LEADS 1 PR
OF GOPPEB IN YEAR OF
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Entire Output of Country;
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Washington, D. C, Nov 7. Arizona
leads in production and the year 1911
was one of prosperity for the copper
Industry, both smelter and refiners
outputs being the largest ,n its history,
according to a report just issued by the
United States geological survey.
The average price of copper for 1911
was 12.5 cents a pound, slightly below
the price of 1910, but near the close of
the year the price advanced, the aver-
&JTA for TWotnlup KaIvii 19 71 Mnta o
I pound. Metal market conditions con
I tinued to improve till the average price
naa risen, in July, iiz, aoove it cents
a pound, the highest price since the
panic of 1907
The smelter production of copper in
the United States in 1911 was L07,232.
749 pounds, or 56 percent of the world's
production, but while the production
surpassed that of 1910 by 8, 995, Jit
pounds, the value of the 1911 output
was but $137,154,092, compared with
$137,180,257 for 1910
The following: taDle shows the mine !
and the smelter outputs, in pounds, at
nine leading copper producing states
and Alaska for 1911:
. . 85,561,015
. . 4.514,116
Arizona Far In Lead.
In 1911, 21 states and territories con
tributed to the copper production, but
the three leading states, Arizona, Mon
tana and Michigan, produced 72 percent
of the total output Arizona produced
more than .'7 percent of the output for
i the year, Montana slightly less than 25
percent, and Michigan nearly 20 percent.
Utah took fourth place, with an output
of nearly 13 percent of the 1911 produc
tion. The six leading states in in 191,
Arizona. Montana, Michigan, Utah, Ne
vada and California, produced 94.4 per
cent of the output for that year, and
the same states have produced 95 per
cent of the total outpnt since 1845.
Alaska produced the highest grade
ore in 1911, the average yield being
19.77 percent of copper; California was
second, with 3.67 pereent; Arizona was
third, with 3.57 percent, and Montana
was fourth, with 3.13 percent
The report gives both a geologic and
metallurgic classification of copper de
posits, summarizes the geologic occur
rence of ores, briefly discusses the con
dition affecting production in the prin
cipal districts of the country, and gives
the tenor of the ore from the chief pro
The report on the production of cop
per for 1910 contains a map showing all
the principal copper producinig districts
of the United States and the location of
the principal reduction plants.
Arizona . .
Nevada . .
Alaska . .
POWHR HOUSE WILL
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Hayden. Ariz., Nov. 6. The Kelvin
Sultana Mining company, located near
Kelvin, Ariz., has taken preliminary
steps toward tue erection of a power
nouse near Kelvin.
from where power
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The Memphis Mine.
Next comes the Memphis mine, which
lies north and south along a ridge on
which the contact Is exposed all along
the claim, the sedimentary series con
sisting of alternating beds of coarsely
crystaline limestone and heavy copper
bearing garnet rock, over 300 feet
wide. There is a shaft in this 200 feet
deep This property, was very active in
1883-4- under the superintendence of
Mr Cunningham. At that time ther
was a smelter on the property which
turned out a considsrable tonnage of.
copper. It then- tar ' idle till about
eight years ago and was again worked
by C. R. Anthony and associates. It is
.now owned by the Organ Mountain
Mining company which also owns the
Stephenson-Bennett mines. The vertical
shaft intersects ore bearing strata
One stratum is said to have been 10
feet thick and at the 200 foot level is
a five foot vein of ore rich in chal
copyrite galena and zins blende. The
ore higher up is oxidized and contains
carbonates The ore carried 15 to 20
percent iron, nine to 20 percent copper
and six to 15 ounces silver per ton.
Fanem .Torpedo Mine.
Just south and across tie main street
of Organ town lies the famous Tor
pedo toppo mine. This mine was dis
covered over 20 years ago by the Foy
brothers, who, year by year, did only
assessment work They appar
ently cared only for silver,
ignoring the copper. Thousands
of people, like .myself, drove by
their old tunnel within 100 feet or the
road, never deigning to look at the
blue stained rock on the dump At
last along came a keen-eyed mining
man. Maj. R. T. Anderson, and instant ly
reccgnlzed its possibilities as a. copper
mine of magnitude. So in 1899 he and
William Hayden, who then were oper
ating the Excelsior, bonded and leased
the Torpedo from Henry Fyrfor $10,
000 It is said to have produced since
then over 1000 carloads of ore averag
ing 10 to 16 percent copper from above
the 200 foot level.
The ore body is a large mass of
chryscolla or copper silicate ore, with
only two ounces silver. It lies be
tween the limestone and the granite.
The ore looks like a soft kaollnised
and brecciated material stained with
blue and black copper. In 1905-1947
the mine was worked by lessees, and
man shipments were made. The mine
is developed by a tunnel and three
shafts, one 150 feet, another 240 feet
and the third 300 feet deep. A heavy
flow of water was struck, at 4 feet
Two pump are bartod -under tBe Waiter
and it is now Idle It is unJer 90
days' option to George E. Fitzgrarald,
of Massachusetts. There are also two
hoisting and pumping plants. Every
one in Organ is anxious to see this
great mine in operation again.
Most prominent and famous of all
the mines of Organ district is the
Stephenson-Bennett mine, one and a
half miles south of Organ City. It was
discovered in 1849 by Mexicans. The
Stephenson mine was owned by J. F.
Stephenson, of Las Cruces. A smelter
was erected in Las Cruces in 1854 to
treat the lead and silver ores of this
property. Up to the beginning or the
Civil war it had produced about $106,
000. It was owned at one time by mil
itary officers. Ex-Gov. Thornton oper
ated it several years ago. It is reputed
to have produced nearly $1,000,000. It
is owned now by the Organ Mountain
Mining company, which is represented
by J. L. McCullough, secretary, of El
Paso. A. L. Hurley is local manager at
The present ore bodies are in the
lime in well defined fissures, accom
panied in two instances by porphyry
There are three ore shoots, each in
a separate fissure. One of these, the
Bennett, has been followed to a depth
of 400 feet A tunnel has 'been run
3000 feet long, which taps the mine at
300 feet depth, and not only unwaters
it, but all the mines along the same
Still a Prospect.
Although with a record of $1,000,000
production, the Stephenson-Bennett is
still in the prospect stage. Its pros
pective ore bodies have scarcely been
scratched. These have steadily
widened with depth At the water level
the ore body widened to 20 feet, and
at 400 feet depth they are said to be
40 feet wide. Several thousand feet of
development work has been dane in
drifts, crosscuts, shafts, stopes and tun
nels. Concentrates from the mill,
amounting to 20 carloads, ran from
$1195 to $2745 per car, carrying from
14 to 3$ ounces silver and from 44 to
57 percent lead.
There are two compressors and ma
chine drills, three 85 horsepower boil
ers, a 100 horsepower engine and a
250 ton concentrating mill. On the
property are numerous houses, giving it
the appearance of a large mining
The primary ore consists of galena,
with some yellow zinc blende pyrite
and molybdenite, and occur below the
ground water level. The secondary ores
aDove water level were lead carbonates
and abundant wulfentte, all carrying
good silver values. An elaborate and
interesting description of this proper
ty was made by G. A. Martin last Feb
ruary for The Herald.
Another property is the Modoc, four
miles south of the Stephenson-Bennett
The first mention of this mine is
by Antisell. the geologist, in 1854. It
is sa,d to be owned by the estate of
George E. Wood, of Chicago, owner of
the Excelsior. There is a concentrat
ing mill at the creek level and higher
up the hill. 700 feet is the mine, the
mine is developed by an incline 185
feet long, following the dip of the de
posit, and a tunnel cutting the shaft
at a depth of 100 feet A
rope tramway connects with
the mill. The ore occurs in
contact metamorphic rocss-. The lime
stone has here been converted to a
crystaline rock consisting of quarts
and calcite filled -with prisms of yellow
epidote, in which occurs galena scat
tered through for large areas, and ac
companied by a little pyrite and zinc
blende. About 20 years ago Prof. J. C.
Carrera operated this mine, clearing
over tzu.uvu aurinpr a snort lease, xne
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SOI.I1 TO COPPER 41KKV
Naco , Ariz., Nov. 6 It is reported
that the Santo Nino propertj. recently
bonded from George Gross by a Mr
Brown, fro-n V pbee, and on which a
rich copper strike was made after three
shifts' work by Mr Brown, has been
sold to the Copper Queen interests for I
the sum of J150.000 of which 19 pereent
will be cash Mr Gross bonded the
property for JIO.OOq about a month ago
concentrating The lack of water is
its great drawback.
Railroad a Possibility.
-V survey was made at Organ from
El Paso a few years ago for a rail
road, by some El Paso capitalists. It
was estimated that there was an enor
mous tonnage of low grade ore in the
Organs that would make the railroad
ery profitable There has recentlv
been a revial of the project With
such a load, it is said that the old
Organ camp could profitably mine and
ship from 500 to 1000 tons per day
Headquarters, wholesale and retail, for
Inersoll $1 (W and $' 00 watches at
Klin s Curio fctore. Little Plaza.
m MINES IN
Canauea Consolidated In
creases Its Output; C. &
A. Adds Night Shift.
Cananea So nor a Mel , No. 7 That
renditions in Sonora are becoming bet
ter is sua in tht increasing number of
properties in operation at present, com
pared with the number four or five
weeks aso In the country tributary
to Douglas is this especially .o o
noted, as many small properties, and
some fairly large ones, too, which were
forced to discontinue operations during
the rebel disturbances, have resumed
operations and are again producing.
imontr the properties resuming are the
follow ing Minneapolis company, San
Nicolas, Fcrtuna. San Pablo, El Tem
blor. Maria, La Mexicans, Agua Buena.
El Rosario. Piedad, Caridad. and Fly
injr Dutchman The majority of these
properties have been idle for two
months or more.
Caaanea Han laerease.
The v'ananea Consolidated
compani shows j. gain in production, j
the total for October being 7,460.00
pounds of blister copper, approximate
ly. Of this amount, about 4.500,00
pounds represent the company's ow
ores, the remainder being the produc
from the concentrates of the Miam
company. As a rule, the Miami outpu
averages 3,000,000 pounds.
The November output promises to b
an increase over October and by th
time the new converters are installer
the smelter will probably be producin
10 000,009 pounds monthly Four Grea
Falls type converters will be lns'alle
before the first of the year, replacin
the old pattern now in use In Octobe
copper i .
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