METEOR MINE

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CHRONOLOGY:

September 17, 1897:   A VERY PROMISING STRIKE of high grade ore was made on the Meteor a few days ago and it is rumored that the claim has been bonded for $50,000.  The Meteor joins the Minnehaha.” – Daily Californian

October 04, 1897:  “T W. KELLEY and B. H. PRICE, who recently disposed of the Meteor mine, have established a mining brokerage office.” – The Herald

October 04, 1897:  “RUMORS ARE AFLOAT that the Meteor mine at Randsburg was bonded for $50,000. A very promising strike of high grade ore was made in the Meteor a few days ago and the reported bond on the property is probably true. ” – The Herald

October 17, 1897:  The Meteor mine has been bonded for $25,000 by the owners, Messrs. Carpenter, Price and Kelly, to McGrew & Ellis. Stephen and Robert Price and J. W. Kelly have purchased the Combination an extension of the Meteor, for $2000 cash.” – The Herald

October 31, 1897:  “THE METEOR. Adjoins Minnehaha on the west, is owned by Messrs. Kelly & Carpenter—bonded to Messrs. Ellis and McGrew for $35,000. Working bond expires May Ist. They are now running a tunnel to cross cut the ledge 60 feet from hanging to foot wall—ledge 6O feet wide, have about 30 tons of ore on the dump; ore assays $12 to $200; Just started a shaft from summit of claim (October 21st), at 8 1/2 feet depth milling test shows $100 to the ton. ” – The Herald

January 08, 1898:  “H. Page Minor, a mine owner of Williams, Ariz., is here to inaugurate the Meteor, of which he and C. H. Belcher of Garlock and others are owners. He is stopping at Hotel St. Elmo.” – The Herald

 

This Mine Was Described by McPherson As The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread. As McPherson Was a Real Estate Agent, It is Assumed That He Had the Listing On It.

September 18, 1898:  “There are several low-grade propositions, with wide ledges, in the district. One of these is the Meteor, located on Government peak, half a mile from the Rand group of mines. This mine is opened up by about six hundred feet of work, mostly in tunnels, as it is particularly well adapted to that manner of working. The top of the hill is covered with small stringers leading down to the main lode. A ledge thirty feet wide, of rock running from $6 to $12, has been uncovered, and in places ore in small quantities has been found which went as high as $300 per ton. As this mine lies in the same ore belt as the Rand group, it is probable that with more development it would step out of  the ranks of low-grade propositions into that of high grade. It is thought the ore could be handled to advantage by placing a crusher and cyanide plant on the property. — The Herald

March 1899:  “UNLESS ALL PREDICTIONS FAIL, and unless all indications go for naught, the Meteor Mine, is destined to occupy a prominent place among the large properties of the Rand Mining district.

Located as it is about two miles west of the town, adjoining the Minnehaha, and in what is known as the backbone of the great gold bearing region, the Meteor has all advantage in its favor for becoming what its enterprising owners firmly believe one of the best producers in the district.  Being heavily interested in other properties throughout the camp the owners have only recently commenced work on the Meteor, but development thus far accomplished is sufficiently encouraging to warrant them in devoting their entire attention to it.

Tunnel No. 1 is in over 100 feet, at which point they are drifting on the vein both ways in good ore.  Tunnel No. 2, which starts on the Mail mine and runs into the Meteor, is in 260 feet, reaching the ledge.  From this point they have taken some very rich ore.  They are now drifting on the vein from this point.  When first encountered the vein was only two feet in width, but as depth is gained the ledge is gradually widening.  A short time since a milling test was made which gave a result of $30 to the ton.

Shaft No. 3, which is down forty feet, is on a large-sized vein which assays $12.50 per ton.  Parts of the vein, however are very rich, and the entire ledge will no doubt improve as the workings go deeper.

The Meteor is in the very heart of the gold-bearing zone, on the same system of veins as the celebrated Yellow Aster properties, and with the extensive ore deposits which are known to exist in that great ridge, the mine should with systematic development, not only prove a bonanza to its owners, but one of the big producers of the camp.

The owners of the Meteor are, Stephen Price, one of the pioneers of the camp, J. W. Kelly, formerly of Garlock, and Mrs. Martha Carpenter. 

Messrs. Kelly and Price are both miners of experience and have done much in the way of development on their several properties in the district.  They are the kind of men who believe in work and not words, and are showing by their deeds.  They are successful miners in all that the term implies, having been part owners at different times in some of the present noted mines in the camp.

Messers.  Price, Kelly and Mrs. Carpenter are also the sole owners of the Mail Quartz claim, the Bird and Wedge claims adjacent to the Meteor.

By all those who have made a personal examination of the Meteor it is predicted that it will become one of the great properties of the Rand.  It has all the so-called ear marks, and since depth on mines extensively operated has been attained, showing the ore goes down, anything at all favorably located is considered almost a sure prospective payer.  That the ledges go down, and that they preserve their surface qualities, has been demonstrated in scores of instances.  In some cases, as has happened in probably all mining sections of the world, the veins are faulted, but by the display of good judgement and careful prospecting they have been regained, and when retrieved they have invariably shown up richer than before the fault.

The gold product during this time has steadily grown.  From $500,000 in 1897, it increased to $1,200,000 in 1898, and judging by the returns that are coming in for the month of January, 1899, it will double that amount (in) the present year. And with the contemplated opening up of many of the low-grade properties which have heretofore been idle, and the means of reducing their ores profitably on the ground, there is no exaggeration in the statement that within three years the Rand Mining district will lead all others in the production of the yellow metal, and the owners of the Meteor are firm in their belief their mine will help swell to a great extent the general output.

Accompanying cut represents one of the openings on this promising claim.  When further development has been done it is expected that the owners, following the example of the Yellow Aster, will erect their own mill, thus handling, not only the rich ore, but that which is now on the dumps of the Meteor, both high and low grade is practically free-milling, and it is expected that the time is not far distant when ore running higher than $5 per ton will be worked at a profit.”  – McPherson

AUBREY, LEWIS E., REGISTER OF MINES AND MINERALS, KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, STATE MINING BUREAU, JANUARY 1904

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