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DeSoto and Swatstika Mine In Arizona

The DeSoto Mine was discovered 1890. Produced Cu-W-Ag-Au-Pb-Zn-Fe from 1890-1972. Workings include a main tunnel 600 feet below the outcrop; a total of 4 tunnels (1928). Production was 180,000 tons of ore averaging 3.75% Cu & 1 oz. Ag/T plus 0.02 oz. Au/T.
The Swatstika Mine was discovered in 1874 by T.N. Alexander, W. Cole, E.G. Peck, and C.C. Bean. Its name comes from the pattern of tunnels if viewed from a height as the tunnels are in the shape of a swatstika. Main production period was 1907-1940. Workings include shafts (125 feet deep), drifts and tunnels. Workings include several shafts and drifts plus a tunnel nearly 400 feet long. The shaft is 400 feet deep. Production was some $40,000 of Ag (1883)(period values), and 600,000 oz. Ag (1910-1915). Production was $480,000 of silver (1875-1908)(period values). Ore assayed at 113 oz. Ag/T. This info referenced from Mindat.org. This ATV trip was a great ride and not too difficult to get to. The Desoto Mine is extremely dangerous as much of the over reaching rocks and dirt have fallen into the main area of the mine shafts creating a 60 degree incline into the shafts. Dropping a rock into the 600 ft. shafts generated sounds for up to a minute. Be very careful near this mine.
Desoto & Swatstika Mine Map
Desoto & Swatstika Mine Map
Starting Out on the Crown King Rd
Starting Out on the Crown King Rd
Town of Cleator, Arizona
Town of Cleator, Arizona
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ATV Meet at the Cleator Bar
ATV Meet at the Cleator Bar
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Just a Few Things I Need
Inside the Cleator Bar
Inside the Cleator Bar
Beginning of FR 259
Beginning of FR 259
Old Mine Relics Before Desoto Mine
Old Mine Relics Before Desoto Mine
Machinery Buried in Effort to Close Old Mines
Machinery Buried in Effort to Close Old Mines
Jay
Jay
t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755200.pxVZIBLM.jpg A Shute Valve Used to Regulate the Flow of Ore to a Truck
A Shute Valve Used to Regulate the Flow of Ore to a Truck
Abandoned Mine Shaft
Abandoned Mine Shaft
View From the Top
View From the Top
First Glimpse of the Desoto Mine and its Many Shafts
First Glimpse of the Desoto Mine and its Many Shafts
t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755206.bLJzUo2a.jpg The Two Main Shafts - 600 Feet Deep
The Two Main Shafts - 600 Feet Deep
t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755208.bByPSkM4.jpg Jay Climbing Up
Jay Climbing Up
Shallow Digging
Shallow Digging
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Caved In End
Caved In End
Large Excavation Area
Large Excavation Area
t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755214.OM9mmhtq.jpg Jay Looks at Another Shaft
Jay Looks at Another Shaft
Going Back Down
Going Back Down
Another Shaft
Another Shaft
t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755297.tYgyejh2.jpg Near the Swatstika Mine
Near the Swatstika Mine
Mine Shaft with Rails for Ore Cars
Mine Shaft with Rails for Ore Cars
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About 100 Feet In
About 100 Feet In
Collapsed Building
Collapsed Building
Processing Relics
Processing Relics
Swatstika Mine
Swatstika Mine
t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755314.J3ZZvKHx.jpg t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755317.8Yu3R2oA.jpg Ladder to Upper Tunnel
Ladder to Upper Tunnel
Looking Back at Main Shaft Opening
Looking Back at Main Shaft Opening
Jay Climbing to Upper Tunnel
Jay Climbing to Upper Tunnel
Taking a Break on a Chair We Found Inside
Taking a Break on a Chair We Found Inside
t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755322.1JCXCm65.jpg Shaft Meanders at Great Length
Shaft Meanders at Great Length
Pete
Pete
Small Room Off Adit
Small Room Off Adit
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View From FR89
View From FR89
Silver Prince Mine Building
Silver Prince Mine Building
Rock Shop
Rock Shop
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t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755511.qHJky27S.jpg t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755513.PchFKNGt.jpg Rock Rolled Down Cliff into Truck
Rock Rolled Down Cliff into Truck
Silver Prince Mine
Silver Prince Mine
Inside Silver Prince Mine - Flooded with 6 Inches of Water
Inside Silver Prince Mine - Flooded with 6 Inches of Water
t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755516.6RT6Uqbz.jpg Heading for the Peck Mine but it Turned Out to be Private
Heading for the Peck Mine but it Turned Out to be Private
Livestock Water Tank
Livestock Water Tank
Heading for Home
Heading for Home
t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755524.IZWRi0Am.jpg t3%2f63%2f548463%2f4%2f122755526.MIgGsveI.jpg Vertical Shaft
Vertical Shaft
Vertical Shaft at Least 200 Feet Deep
Vertical Shaft at Least 200 Feet Deep