Old Dick Sulfide Mine - Economical Mining Deposits of the Bagdad Area.
Bagdad, Arizona, United Stated had rather became a major importance of lead, zinc, copper, gold, and silver sulphide ores. This importance as an economical area had spark a lot of interest within the later part of the 1880s. Following these discoveries, it became reported that the Old Dick Mine was one of these copper, lead, zinc, gold and silver mines to come into production. Prior to this, its commonly known to be located 2 an half mile south-southwest of the small unincorporated community of Bagdad, and 1 an half mile south of the Copper King Mine. It was at this time when a short truck road had connected the mine site with the Copper King-Bagdad-Hillside Road.
The very first discovery on the historical Old Dick Mine was first discovered by William Waters in 1882. No work was done on the property at the time as it was soon purchase by John Lawler in 1891. This newly undeveloped property had become patented by the following year of 1892. At the time, it became stated that Mr. Lawler who became pronoun in the area of Bagdad had added this to mine to his holdings. However, the Old Dick Mine was never place into production or developed at this time period of being place on hold.
Most of the mines within the Bagdad area were place into production within the early parts of the 1940s. It was by 1943, when a lease was made to E. G. Green and Associates for further exploratory work. Encourage by the increasing copper prices the mine was rather short lived when it was place into production from 1944 to 1945. It was at this point in time when oxidized copper ore was taken from the Old Dick Property, and became mined from a stope on the north-east end of the mineralized zone. Far more channel sampling along with bulk sampling was taken from an open-cut for millhead assaying. By this time the company had additionally package 500 tonnes of ore that was chemically processed, and roasted. From these processing phases the company was able to obtain a millhead assay of 10% copper (Cu), 3.9% Zinc (Zn), and 0.55 ounces of silver (Ag) per ton.
The Old Dick Mine was serviced with exploratory development within the early parts of 1940. For the most part, this development project had included the sinking of two prospect shafts. Most of this development work had included sinking these two shafts to a depth of 50 and 67 feet below the surface. Prior to this, an adit had also become driven in order to connect with the most southerly shaft that became the No. 1 Shaft. It was at this point in time when the No. 1 Internal Winze was sunk at an additional 68 feet from the adit level. Within 1944, the upper Adit was officially started but was soon abandoned when massive sphalerite was encounter at a distance of 100 feet from the portal. No additional mining was done by the company as arsenic became intersected within the development stage. Production within 1943, had amounted to 3 ounces of Gold (Au), 90 ounces of Silver (Ag), and 25,950 pounds of copper (Cu). By 1944, the company was well off with this mining project when it had produce 4 ounces of gold (Au), 150 ounces of Silver (Ag), and 66,841 pounds of copper. Most of these recoveries were also taken from a low scale production that did not process more then 30,000 tonnes of ore annually.
By 1947, the Old Dick Property had rather went under new ownership once again, and became acquired by the Goodwin Mining Co. Exploratory work on the Adit level was undertaken, and resulted in massive lenses of zinc sulfide that was located 120 feet north-east of the No. 1 Internal Winze Shaft. Mining of the zinc sulfide ore was undertaken immediately, and it wasn’t till October, 1950, when the property was place under new ownership. Within 1950, the Old Dick Mine was acquired by S. R. Hullinger, and F. G. McFarland. Mining operations at the historical Old Dick Mine had resumed on March, 1951, and had sold the mine after to the Manhattan Consolidate Mines Development Co, on October, 1951. Production for the operating year of 1947, had amounted to 1 ounce of gold (Au), 139 ounces of Silver (Ag), 28,096 pounds of copper, 1,242 pounds of Lead (Pb), and 189,930 pounds of Zinc (Zn). Within 1948, the total recovery from production amounted to 32 ounces of gold (Au), 8,168 ounces of silver (Ag), 351,845 pounds of copper (Cu), 180,785 pounds of Lead (Pb), and 2,320,000 pounds of Zinc. It was in 1949, when the total recovery of sulfides was 22 ounces of gold (Au), 4,207 ounces of silver (Ag), 496,475 pounds of copper (Cu), 39,412 pounds of Lead (Pb), 3,173,038 pounds of zinc (Zn). Once the mine had gone under new ownership in 1950, the new owners had produce 85 ounces of gold (Au), 2,915 ounces of silver (Ag), 173,900 pounds of copper (Cu), 53,300 pounds of lead (Pb), and 2,033,200 pounds of Zinc (Zn).
Mining operations at the Old Dick Mine had continued to progress by the Manhattan Consolidated Mines Development Co. It was rather in continuous operation from April, 1951 to the present July, of 1952. Other reports from the company had reported that a total of 23,509 tonnes was produce from March, 1951 to June, 1952. Ore that was produce had rather average a millhead of 15.76 to 22.22% Zinc, and 2.22 to 3.45% Copper. There was also a lower grade average of ore that was produce within a three-month period from the higher levels. By 1951 the company had continued to sinking the No. 1 and 2 Shaft to 245 feet, while establishing new levels. Development along with mining was additionally confined to the adit level, 50, 100, 150, and 225-foot levels. By this time the company had also prepared to extend the last two levels on the 150 and 225-foot levels in order to connect them with the No. 2 Shaft. Ore which was mined from the Old Dick Mine had also trended northeast in foliated lava flows that were in an embayment of the Bridle Formation and into the Dick Rhyolite. Much of the ore zone of massive sulfide is known to outcrop on the surface, and is indicated by heavy gossan near the Dick Rhyolite. Upon examination of the lower levels it became evident that the Dick Rhyolite was within the south-eastern margin of the ore-zone. For the most part, this ore zone is commonly known to consist of separated lenses of massive Sulfides, in which some are vertical, and others are known to steeply dip westward. The massive sulfide lenses that dip westward are also controlled by foliation dipping westward I the lava flows, and some faults are parallel to this foliation. In addition to this, the massive vertical segments of sulfides are known to be controlled by a fault zone along the southern margin of the Bridle Formation.
Ore within the Old Dick Mine is strongly known to have plunge to the south at an angle of about 35 degrees. Massive Sulfides within the underground workings are known to also overlap to some extent over the strike of the ore zone, and in places are replace with waste rock. Additionally, the width of the massive sulfides is known to be 35 feet in which becomes much thinner closer to the edge. Development which was undertaken on the 225-foot level had extended the workings for 300 feet into the ore-body. Not only do the massive sulfides occur in lenses but they also are known to be disseminated in rock to the west of the massive sulfide lenses. Under present conditions it was reported that the disseminated sulfide rock was to low in grade to be worth mining, but represent a future reserve of zinc (Zn) and Copper (Cu). Most of the whole entire belt of intensively altered volcanic rocks to the west of the Diabase is a potential area for exploration. The way how this area become potential is because similar altered rocks are known to also contain the massive sulfide ore-bodies of the Old Dike Mine. A wide section of the belt is also known to contain no gossan formed from sulfides but the presence of disseminated pyrite is indicated by abundant limonite in cavities. This possibility is known to also indicate the presents of possible massive sulfides lenses that may be present, and are not cut by the present erosion surface. By the end of 1951, the company was able to recover a total of 61 ounces of gold (Au), 6,100 ounces of silver (Ag), 617,545 pounds of Copper (Cu), 83,940 pounds of Lead (Pb), and 4.984,850 pounds of Zinc (Zn). From all recoveries made the Old Dick Mine Produce 228 ounces of gold (Au), 22,563 ounces of silver (Ag), 1,791,055 pounds of copper (Cu), 358,840 pounds of Lead (Pb), and 13,651,048 pounds of zinc (Zn).