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    Default Old Mine At Salt River Canyon, Arizona

    Returning from a camping trip I stopped at Salt River Canyon to take some photos. On the southern edge and looking across the road is this old mine. Does anyone know anything about this mine? I believe that the pathway to it is closed off.



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    A former asbestos mine located in sec. 13, T4N, R17E, about 1 miles SSW of the highway 60-77 bridge. Phillips gives the location as sec. 35, T5N, R17E. Opened in 1921, reopened 1928-1930 and 1936-1938.

    Mineralization is a vein deposit with a linear ore body hosted in the Mescal Limestone. The ore zone is 0.08 meters thick. The asbestos is in 2 zones that are 14 feet apart. These zones are in a sliver of Mescal Limestone, 35 to 40 feet thick, overlain & underlain by thick diabase sills.http://www.mindat.org/loc-47528.html
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    So it was an asbestos mine; think that I did hear or read somewhere that it was such, but nothing more about it.
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    For years I've noticed that mine up there, and followed the road with my eyes figuring a route... But then we get back in the car and move on up the canyon...

    Cool to know a little history about it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campp View Post
    For years I've noticed that mine up there, and followed the road with my eyes figuring a route... But then we get back in the car and move on up the canyon...

    Cool to know a little history about it now.
    I think this gate to a pathway from Hwy60 after it turns SW heading for Globe is the one that goes to the mine, but not certain. The gate is closed and locked.
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    I don't have any recollection of ever having been to this mine, but a friend of mine says that we were there many years ago when my folks were camped at the nearby Seneca Lake campground. He remembers that there was quite a bit of equipment remaining around the mine opening. I would be interested in returning but do not know if I want to pay the high dollar special use permit that may be required by the San Carlos tribe(does it fall within the Black River/Salt River special permit area?). I have heard that folks have recently been hassled for permits to cross to Mule Hoof nearby. So it may not be a good idea to be wandering around the area without one.

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