Silver Valley, California
City of Daggett
San Bernardino County, California
Ord Mountain Quad – USGS
Lease Number: 302674-302683
The Silver Valley claims, located in the Newberry Mountains near Daggett, consist of ten contiguous registered and fully owned claims. An abandoned mine is located on one of the claims. The claim sites lies in the western Mojave Desert of southeastern California and are arid, consisting of steep-sided canyons, rugged ridges, sandy washes, and alluvial fans.
Situated between the Great Basin Desert to the north and the Sonoran to the south, the Mojave, a rain shadow desert, is defined by a combination of latitude, elevation, geology, and indicator plants. It occupies about 25,660 square miles of southeastern California in the southern Basin. Elevations are generally between three and six thousand feet. Common rock substrates include Precambrian granites and slopes are often composed metamorphic rock such as gneisses.
The Newberry Mountains consist of rugged volcanic mountains and deep, maze like canyons. Topography ranges from 2,200 feet in the north to 5,100 feet in the south. Deep canyons are incised into sinuous crest of the range along the northern and eastern flanks. The south side of the mountain range is more gently sloping, with tributaries flowing into Kane Wash, which separates the Newberry Mountains from the Rodman Mountains.
The site has been used as a mining site for many years. Mining claims from the 1930s were discovered in old monuments constructed on the site. It appears that most mining was done by hand methods. Several mine adits and test pits were identified on the claims. It appears that most mining activity occurred in volcanic rock that has been metamorphosed to some degree. Production was likely from secondary mineral deposits along veins and structural features such as faults and contacts.
Rocks encountered on the hills were predominantly igneous or meta-igneous and included a number of volcanic rocks. Visual evidence of likely faulting and hydrothermal action was noted. Rocks were often fractured. Prominent faulting oriented roughly east-west and north-south at nearly 90 degrees to each other was also noted. Alluvial materials were primarily encountered lower on the northern, western and southern slopes, and in the valley.
The mine entrance (adit) located in the central portion of Claim 8 is referred to as the Azucar mine. The Azucar mine has been the site of minor gold production along gold bearing quartz veins. Altered rocks and veins were noted, particularly in the area of the Azucar mine. Iron, silver, gold and copper have historically been the most noteworthy metallic mineral products of the surrounding region (Cox, et al). The area appears to have potential for undiscovered mineral resources.