Lincoln Mine - Goodsprings Mining District

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This page last updated on 12/03/2018
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Directions: Leaving from the Stratosphere, get on the I-15 South. Go 24 miles and take NV-161 (Exit 12) toward Jean/Goodsprings. Leaving Jean, head west on Route 161 towards Goodsprings. Continue through Ivanpah Valley on the left and Goodsprings Valley on the right, until you reach a unnamed 4WD road opposite the Goodsprings Bypass Road on Nevada 161, about a half mile before Sandy Valley Road. Turn left onto this road. Refer to (Fig. 02). You will be able to see the the Goodsprings Energy Recovery Station in the distance.

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Area Description: For a more detailed description of the Goodsprings Mining District, go to my page ... Goodsprings Mining District - Summary PageThere are literally dozens of prospects, mines, shafts and adits in the Goodsprings' Mining District in the southern end of the Spring Mountain Range south of the town. The majority of these are accessed from two 4WD roads that run off of Sandy Valley Road and Nevada 161. Table Mountain Road which runs south off of Sandy Valley Road, provides access to, among others, the Surprise, Columbia, Argentena, Lookout and Mountain Top mines.  An unnamed 4WD road opposite the Goodsprings Bypass Road on Nevada 161 runs south through the Goodsprings and Ivanpah Valleys', and provides access to the Crystal Pass Mine, Lincoln, Ireland, Houghton, Star, Monte Cristo, Portor, Accident, Bullion and Valentine mines, as well as dozens more prospects, adits and unnamed mines. The vast majority of the mines in this portion of the Goodsprings Mining District are in the Spring Mountains west of Porter Wash as seen in the (Fig. 03) below.

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Description of the Lincoln Mine: The Lincoln Mine (Fig. 01), is located on a low ridge adjacent to Ivanpah Valley and before the Porter Wash (Fig. 03). Five of the seven claims found here were located by E.W. Lincoln and others in 1905. Its total production has been estimated around 60 tons of ore. Most of the ore shipped has contained about 12 per cent of copper and 15 ounces of silver to the ton, but one lot of 2,700 pounds shipped by J.A. Egger in 1917, contained 97 ounces of silver to the ton. The principal working is an inclined shaft 350 feet long, which begins with a slope of 16 degrees, but attains a maximum of 35 degrees near the end.

Note: Malachite, a.k.a. Molochites, Green Copper, Mountain and Green Malachite, is the most common secondary mineral found in the oxidized zones of copper deposits. Its color is Bright green, with crystals deeper shades of green, even vary dark to nearly black; green to yellowish green in transmitted light. Not a hard ore, it has a tenacity to be brittle. It is closely related to Azurite, another secondary copper mineral frequently found in the oxidized zones of Copper-bearing ore deposits. Azurite is typically found as tabular to prismatic crystals of a deep "azure blue" color with resplendent vitreous faces and is found throughout Lincoln Mine site (Figs. 04 thru 06).

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12/01/2018 Trip NotesAmazing as it seems, the BLM had not yet blocked up this mine. As you can see from (Fig. 07) you could enter a good distance into the mine, even though you had to keep low so as not to bump your head. As you climbed down into the shaft from the opening, almost from the start you begin to encounter a vein of Malachite that the miners appeared to be following. All of the pictures in (Figs. 04 thru 06 above) were found near the front part of the mine. The picture in (Fig. 08) is a shot of Jim taking a picture of me as I was crawling out. If you click on and zoom into (Fig. 09) you can see hundreds of small pieces of the blue-green Malachite scattered around the edges of the opening, The tailings directly in front of the mine (Fig. 10) was also filled with the same (Fig. 13).

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09/06/2013 Lincoln Mine Notes
 Because we didn't have a light, it was impossible to determine how far in the adit (Fig. 11) traveled in. To right of this mine we found a couple of level foundation areas (Fig. 12) that may have been used for platformed miner's tents. Along the sides of the large tailing pile we found the largest pile of Malacite (see NOTE above) that we have ever seen anywhere (Fig. 13).

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