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Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Pink Lady Gold Mining Claim for Sale or Lease. This is a 20 acre lode mining claim for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The Claim is located on the east side of the Spor Mountain range and has been properly staked and marked at all corners. All Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. claims have been meticulously surveyed, mapped and researched. Field work is completed by our own experienced, well versed Mine Survey Team.
The Pink Lady is located in the epitome of Utah’s West Desert wasteland. The terrain is rough and rocky, there is no water, and no other resources. This IS NOT the mine for the armchair prospector. If you can brave the hostile conditions and make yourself comfortable out here, you will be rewarded. The mines are deep, expansive and contain some of the most brilliant colors of purple, pink and red fluorite you will find. There is also a history of “irradiated beryl”, which sounds a lot like Topaz Mountain to the east. Historical documents simply discuss a dark red form of beryl that has low levels of radiation.
Images of the Claim and underground.
Surveyor inside the open stope of the Pink Lady.
The name is obvious when looking at the rock.
Beautiful, exposed body of fluorite.
Looking down at the open pit, surveyors for scale.
Lower adit leads into the bottom of the lower pit.
Looking up into one of many drifts and tunnels in the mine.
Inside the upper adit.
Inside the lower adit.
A stunning example of what you are looking for!
Geode type formation underground.
More rich fluorite deposits.
Hydrothermal formation is pretty obvious.
Entire walls of dark, rich colored fluorite.
Fluorite and calcite.
Deposit under UV light.
UV light exposes the fluorite.
The fluorescence is stunning.
Even under bright light, the fluorescence is seen.
Ore bins in the lower adit.
There are an estimated 1300′ of workings between at least 7 different levels and one large, open stope.
The history is well documented and shows a clear chain of custody.
Accessibility and Location
Location is very remote and in harsh, desert country. The access is very easy and the mines can be accessed with a good 4×4.
The value of this mine is in the gems and specimens. Gems and specimens can be easily sold through many outlets which gives this mine a very high value.
There are no resources. Everything you need, you will need to pack in. Water, wood, shelter.
Weather data from nearest city – Delta
USGS information on the mine(s)
Disclaimer: This MRDS information is provided for reference only and does not represent the actual mine or the current state or mineral content or value. It should not be perceived as accurate or definitive. MRDS information should not be relied on as decision data, the MRDS system has not been updated in over 20 years. The US Bureau of Mines, who was responsible for mining site assessment was disbanded in 1994. USGS and MRDS information has not been updated in over 66 years.
Discovery year: 1941 Discoverer: George P. Spor (Delta, Ut) Year of first production: 1944 1956 Owner-Operator: Spar, Chad and Ray Delta, Ut. 1975 Owner: Spar, Chad and Ray 123 South 200 East Delta Utah 84624
Alternate or previous names: Original Spar
- Fluorine-Fluorite – Primary
- Uranium – Tertiary
- Beryllium – Tertiary
Comments on the workings
Workings consist of a large open pit, an incline shaft, a vertical shaft, and 2 haulage adits
Comments on development
(circa 1976) The fluorite (Pink Lady) mine was the first mine to be operated in the district. The 130 ft long upper adit intersects the ore pipe 40 ft below the surface. The lower adit 275 ft long, cuts the deposit aprox. 80 ft below the surface.
Comments on the Geology
Chief impurities are montmorillonite, cream colored dolomite & quartz
Result Between 1944-1948 Avg. CAF2 content was 77.5%. The first carload in 1944 contained 95% CAF2, & 1% SIO2. 1948-1951 AVG. 85.4% CAF2 surface sample (1964) = .008% U3O8, .021% U3O8, .025% U3O8, 49.5% CAF2 upper adit level (1964) = .015% U3O8, 66.8% CAF2 1951: .015%, .005% U3O Result 1976 averages 65 – 70 % fluorite
Materials – Type of material
Fluorite – Ore Bertrandite – Gangue Carnotite – Gangue
Ore body information
General form – Pipe-Like Plunge 77 DEG
Ore control descriptions
Along Pipes And Veins In Favorable Replacement Carbonates & In Brecciated Fault Zones
Host Rock type: Sedimentary Rock- Carbonate- Dolomite Rock unit name: Fluoride Dolomite; Fish Haven Dolomite
Mining District Overview
Spor Mountain Mining District:
The Spor Mountain mining district is about 35 miles northwest of the town of Delta in central Juab County. It can be reached from Delta by traveling northeast on U.S. Route 6 to State Route 174. Turn west on State Route 174 and continue northwest on the paved road for approximately 50 miles. The road becomes a well-groomed gravel road and immediately forks when it enters the district. The fluorspar and uranium mines are located to the north and the beryllium mines are located directly to the west at the fork.
From 1944 to 1980, the district yielded 350,000 tons of fluorspar ore. Park (in preparation) reports total production of 260,000 tons of fluorspar ore from the Lost Sheep mine, the district’s largest producer. Uranium production for Juab County from 1948 to 1970 was approximately 105,000 tons of uranium ore, and over 95 percent originated from the Yellow Chief mine. Beryllium ore production from 1970 to the end of 1992 was approximately 2 million tons. In 2000, over 100,000 tons of beryllium ore was mined, but in the past few years, production has been significantly less due to lack of demand and the processing of stockpiled ore.
The Spor Mountain district experienced three mining booms for three different commodities: fluorite, uranium, and beryllium. The fluorite boom began in the late 1930s and continues today. The uranium boom began in the early 1950s and lasted until the early 1960s. The beryllium boom began in the 1960s and continues today. Chad and Ray Spor discovered the district’s first fluorspar (fluorite ore) in 1936 at Spot Mountain. Composed of fluoride and calcium, fluorite is chiefly used as flux in the manufacture of steel and in making hydrofluoric acid. In 1941, George Spor and his sons staked the Fluorite claim at Spor Mountain. Ore shipments began in 1944. Other claims were located (Fluorine Queen, Bell Hill, and Lost Sheep mines) and produced ore. Albert and Earl Willden staked the Lost Sheep claim in 1948 and began production that year. The Lost Sheep mine was still active as of 2005. It is the largest fluorite deposit in Utah and has been mined to a depth of 372 feet. In 1953, prospectors using hand-held Geiger counters discovered uranium on the east side of Spor Mountain. The Yellow Chief group claims were immediately located and shallow prospects dug. No more work was done for several years until the Topaz Uranium Company leased the claims. In 1959, the company began developing an open pit to uncover mineable ore. When mining ended in 1962, the over-all size of the pit was 1200 feet long, between 300 to 500 feet wide, and 150 feet deep. In 1959, Dr. Norman William, a University of Utah geology professor, discovered beryllium in mineralized volcanic tuffs at Spot Mountain. This discovery was made by accident; a fluorspar sample was unintentionally placed near a beryllometer, a new instrument designed to detect trace amounts of beryllium. Unexpectedly, the beryllometer started clicking, indicating the presence of beryllium. News of the discovery spread throughout the west and many individuals as well as companies flocked to the area to file mining claims. The Brush Wellman Company was one of these companies. Brush Wellman, determined to be a major player in beryllium production, began acquiring properties, such as the Vitro claims in 1964. Mining began in 1968 and the construction of an off-site mill in Millard County was completed in 1969. In 1980, Brush Wellman bought the Anaconda claims and became the lone producer of beryllium in the Spot Mountain district. Today, Brush Wellman still remains the only producer of beryllium in Utah.
The Spor Mountain district consists of faulted and tilted Paleozoic (500 to 360 million years old) marine sedimentary rocks overlain by Tertiary (42 to 21 million years old) volcanic flows and volcanic tuffs. For millions of years, large volcanic eruptions deposited ash flow tuffs (fused volcanic ash), volcanic breccias (angular volcanic fragments fused together), and lava flows. Then, approximately 21 million years ago, volcanic eruptions and erosion of the older volcanic material deposited the Spor Mountain Formation (mainly composed of tuff, rhyolite, sandstone, and conglomerate). Mineralized fluids from an underlying magma body migrated up preexisting faults, encountered a favorable host rock (the Beryllium Tuff Member of the Spor Mountain Formation), and deposited the beryllium ore. The Beryllium Tuff is a perfect host rock because it is porous and contains carbonate fragments, which react with the mineralizing fluids to precipitate beryllium. Many of the carbonate fragments were replaced by other minerals, forming nodules having an outer rind rich in beryllium and a core containing fluorite, opal, chalcedony, manganese oxides, and other minerals. The fluorspar deposits of Spor Mountain also formed from mineralized fluids from an underlying magma source that moved up pre-existing faults. The host rocks are the Ordovician Fish Haven and Fluoride Dolomites and the Silurian Bell Hill, Harrisite, Lost Sheep and Thursday Dolomites. Many of these deposits are pipe-like in form and contain 60 to 95 percent fluorite (Bullock, 1981a). The uranium deposits on the east side of Spor Mountain were deposited in the volcanic tuff, sandstone, and conglomerate of the Spor Mountain Formation. These deposits were formed either by the erosion of a uranium-rich fluorite body and later concentration of uranium by ground water, or by precipitation from hydrothermal fluids rich in uranium rising up along faults and fractures. Relatively recent volcanic eruptions (8 to 6 million years ago) deposited the Topaz Mountain Rhyolite in the nearby Thomas Range. Topaz, pseudo-brookite, bixbyite, red beryl, hematite, and garnet are found in this rhyolite at Topaz Mountain in the southern Thomas Range.
Primary ore minerals include bertrandite, fluorite, uranophane, and weeksite. Bertrandite is the primary beryllium-bearing mineral found in the Beryllium Tuff. Bertrandite cannot be seen with the naked eye and can only be identified with the aid of an x-ray microscope. The fluorite is rarely crystallized and tends to occur in earthy masses at many of the fluorspar mines. Small purple fluorite crystals have been found in some of the nodules at the Brush Well-man mines. Uranium ore from the Yellow Chief mine contains the minerals uranophane and weeksite. Uranophane is a pale to orange-yellow uranium mineral that fills pore spaces in the sandstone and coats individual sand grains. Weeksite is a yellow mineral that occurs in a limestone conglomerate above the uranophane mineralization. The Spor Mountain district is near Topaz Mountain, a wonderful area for the mineral collector where topaz, red beryl, bixbyite, pseudobrookite, garnet, and other minerals can be found. Current/Future Operations: In 2005, fluorspar is being mined on the Lost Sheep mine property. Brush Wellman continues to mine beryllium ore (which is shipped to a treatment facility in Millard County) and has 50 to 70 years of open-pit ore reserves remaining.
Ege, C. L., & Utah Geological Survey (2005). Selected mining districts of Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Geological Survey.
Thomas Range Fluorspar District
bertrandite, fluorite, uranophane, and weeksite