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The Illinois-Kentucky fluorite district.

The Illinois-Kentucky fluorite district has been famous for fluorite and associated minerals since the early 1800's. Over 200 mines in the area have yielded a total specimen production probably numbering in the millions. With the recent closing of the last mine, the flow of beautiful minerals from this amazing district has finally come to an end, but specimens today grace almost every important museum and private collection in the world.


Most mineral collectors have, at one time or another, owned at least one specimen of fluorite labeled "Cave in Rock, Illinois." Although sometimes used as a generic name for any of the occurrences, "Cave in Rock" is really just a small (but important) part of the district. The many individual mines, over 200 in number, all have their histories and their particular geological backgrounds.

The Illinois-Kentucky fluorite(1) district is one of those rare mineralized areas that have produced countless beautiful specimens steadily over the course of several generations. Like the zeolites of India, or the calcites from the Tri-State area, people come eventually to take the apparently unending supply of specimens for granted. The price of fine specimens remained consistently modest, and the remarkable beauty of the specimens was underappreciated by many.

In 1995 the last operating mine in the district came to a close, ending over 175 years of specimen production in the district. The best of the specimens saved during that period are true mineralogical classics, gracing almost every important museum collection in the world, and also a huge number of private collections. To commemorate the ending of an important era in mineralogy and mineral collecting, it is appropriate to take a look back at the long history of this remarkable mining district, and to review its individual mines, their geology and their mineralogy.


Prehistoric Indians were aware of the occurrence of fluorite in the area prior to the arrival of European explorers. Its bright colors and softness made it suitable for carving into ornaments; fluorite artifacts today are highly sought after by archeological collectors. Indians most likely found the bulk of their fluorite lying loose on the surface, so mining was unnecessary.

Ores (galena and fluorite) were recognized in the district by settlers as early as 1812 (Ulrich and Smith, 1905). In 1819, Henry R. Schoolcraft (1793-1864) reported mineral deposits ("fluate of lime") at a place three miles back of Cave in Rock, and 15 miles below Shawneetown, Illinois. Parker Cleaveland (1780-1858), in his second edition of Elementary Treatise on Mineralogy and Geology (1822), reported as follows:

FLUATE OF LIME . . . In Illinois, Gallatin County, on Peter's Creek, 17 miles from Shawneetown, and at the three Forks of Grand Pierre Creek, 27 miles from Shawneetown, and is also found occasionally on the soil for 30 miles S.W. from Cave in Rock on the Ohio [River]. It occurs massive, and in cubes, either perfect or truncated, solitary or aggregated, and is associated with galena, etc. in alluvial deposits, or in stone. At Peter's Creek it is almost always in crystals, sometimes several inches in diameter, presenting very rich and beautiful colors. Though sometimes limpid, and sometimes nearly black, its more common colors are some shade of violet, purple, red, or yellow. The limpid and yellow crystals are sometimes invested with a thin violet or red coat. At the Forks on Grand Pierre Creek, it occurs on the surface of the soil in masses which are sometimes several feet in diameter; its colors are violet, rose and green.

Documented specimens of fluorite and other minerals from the district in its "pre-mining" period are very rare. The Troost mineral collection, housed at the Louisville (Kentucky) Science Center in Louisville, contains several specimens.

The earliest mines were sunk to recover the silver in galena (although the amount of silver is very low). The first mines were opened in 1835. President Andrew Jackson was a part owner of the Columbia mine near Marion, Kentucky. The Columbia mine's main shaft is within 100 yards of the original shaft. The Royal mine (also known as the Royal Silver) was opened near Smithland, Kentucky, at about the same time (Ulrich and Smith, 1905).

The first occurrence of lead in Illinois (other than Peter's Creek) was found while sinking a well on the farm of Mr. James Anderson in 1839. Two years later, a second well sunk nearby encountered additional ore. This was to become an important orebody over the next century.

In 1842, Mr. William Pell discovered fluorite and galena on his farm about one-half mile northwest of Rosiclare, Illinois. He started the first Illinois mine, which operated for the next eight years. The Rosiclare mining district was the center of activity during the mid-1800's (Bastin, 1931). At that time, the Cave in Rock area was not being actively mined.

In the early history of the district, virtually all mining was for galena. Fluorite was considered a useless gangue mineral (Bastin, 1931). The Civil War brought increased production of lead from both Illinois and Kentucky mines; however, in the following decade, the lack of adequate transportation facilities and the depreciation in market value of lead closed most mines. Kentucky mines suffered the most, due to the distance wagons carrying ore had to travel. The Rosiclare mines, located near the Ohio River, continued to operate successfully (Ulrich and Smith, 1905).

In the 1880's, new steel-producing methods which incorporated fluorite flux were used, causing a rejuvenation of mining (Weller et al., 1952).

After 1900, the mining of fluorite became more intense, and activity in the district increased. The heart of activity was in Rosiclare, with mines operated by the Fairview Fluorspar and Lead Mining Company (Weller et al., 1952). Major Kentucky mines include the Hodge, Memphis and Yandell mines (Ulrich and Smith, 1905).

World War I brought an unprecedented demand for fluorite and an expanded search for new orebodies. No new large deposits were found, though many small mines opened.

Disaster struck in the Illinois portion of the district in 1923 when virtually every mine along the Fairview-Rosiclare vein was flooded. A mine extension had encountered water from the Ohio River, flooding level after level. Eventually the entire mine complex was affected. Pumps removing 3,000 gallons per minute operated while equipment was salvaged from the mines. By the beginning of the following year, several adjoining mines on the adjacent Blue Diggings vein were dewatered. Mines on the Fairview-Rosiclare vein were not dewatered until 1940 (James Bradbury, personal communication). While these important mines were closed, activity shifted to the Hillside and Daisy mines and to mines in Kentucky (Weller et al., 1952).

In January 1937, the Ohio River rose to the highest level ever recorded (over 54 feet above normal); virtually all mining activity was brought to a halt for eight weeks as surface buildings were damaged and roads, mines and towns were flooded. Transportation and communication were reduced to boat and shortwave radio (Weller et al., 1952).

The Cave in Rock district became most important after World War I. The Spar Mountain escarpment was extensively mined along its flank from 1919 to 1939. Deeper into the escarpment, mining was carried out until the mid-1970's. The famous Crystal mine operated from 1934 to 1976 (Gill Montgomery, personal communication).

Major district mines of the past 100 years are listed in table 1 (Currier, 1923; Pinckney, 1976; Ulrich and Smith, 1905; Weller et al., 1952; and G. Montgomery, personal communication).

The Illinois-Kentucky fluorite district has been, by far, the largest producer of fluorite in the United States. More than 90% of the domestic production in 1985 was from this district (G. Montgomery, personal communication). There are other districts, some associated with volcanics in the western U.S., but because they are far from centers of use and do not have the ease of transportation as does the Illinois-Kentucky district. These other fluorite sources will remain of minor importance for the foreseeable future. Fluorine resources are widespread in the United States, but very few deposits are economically significant.
Table 1. Major Illinois and Kentucky fluorite/galena mines.

Illinois mines                Kentucky mines

Annabel Lee #1, 3             Babb
Blue Diggings                 Big Four
Crystal #1                    Blue & Marble
Daisy                         Columbia
Davis-Deardorff #1, 2         Haffaw
Denton #1, 3                  Hickory Cane #2
Gaskins #1                    Hodge
Good Hope-Extension           Hutson #2
Hillside                      Klondike
Jefferson                     Lafayette
Minerva #1, 4                 Mary Belle
Rosiclare                     Memphis
Spivey                        Pygmy
Victory #1                    Yandell
West Green #1

(1) Producers of crystal specimens for collectors (in part, Weller
et al., 1952) (2) Major zinc producers

(3) Active at the time of writing

(4) Reopened in 1989 as the Ozark-Mahoning mine #1

Large quantities of zinc, as well as some lead and barite have been produced at some mines, usually as by-products of fluorite production. Road gravel made in heavy-media milling operations was also an important by-product; with purple pebbles here and there, some country roads (and almost all mine roads) are interesting to walk over. Silver can be recovered from galena, and cadmium and germanium from sphalerite. From 1880 to 1979, over 12 million tons of fluorite have been shipped from the district. More than 7 million tons of that total have come from the Illinois side (Trace, 1974a).

To describe the individual histories of each of the more than 200 mines in the district would be impractical here. The 17 mines discussed below were important producers or were of special interest. (See Table 3 and Figure 13 for a more complete list of the various mines and their locations.)

Annabel Lee mine

The Annabel Lee mine, located north of the Rock Creek Graben, was the last mine to be opened in the district and produced many beautiful specimens for collectors. The headframe sat on the Palestine sandstone; the shaft is 996 feet deep. Ore was produced from the Downeys Bluff limestone (beneath the Bethel sandstone), the Joppa member and Spar Mountain member (the "sub-Rosiclare horizon") of the Ste. Genevieve limestone (E. Livingston, personal communication). These are the same horizons exposed in the surface mines on Spar Mountain, 4 miles south. The name "Annabel Lee" was derived from Edgar Allen Poe's poem of the same name (J. M. Fowler, personal communication).

The shaft was sunk 900 feet south of one orebody and 1500 feet north of another. The north and south orebodies were separated by a fault associated with the Rock Creek Graben, hence their different elevations. As is the case with most of the Cave in Rock mines, the Annabel Lee is in bedding replacement deposits. Mining is carried out by the room and pillar method.

Insomuch as the owners, Ozark-Mahoning, were the only domestic producers of fluorite due to the cheap price of imported ore, they were effective in maintaining the costs of operations by establishing the mine, most mining equipment and mine structures utilizing "in-house" personnel (Evans and Hellier, 1986). The Annabel Lee and No. 1 mines were the last active fluorite mines in the United States; both closed in 1995.

Babb mines

The Babb fault system has been intensively studied and mined from the beginning of this century to the present. The three largest mines (as of 1950) had produced a total of about 138,000 tons of fluorite (Swanson and Starnes, 1950). Later work by E B. Moodie, III on the Eagle-Babb and Barnes properties indicated the potential for an additional million tons of ore (Moodie and McGrain, 1974).

The Kentucky-Babb mines utilized four shafts to remove an estimated 56,000 tons of fluorite. Extensive stoping was carried out as deep as 550 feet. Although veins ranged from 10 to 30 feet wide, fluorite lenses were generally less than 12 feet wide. Many of the fluorite pockets were essentially free of calcite, while calcite rarely contained more than 10% fluorite (Hardin, 1955).

Work carried out in late 1971 to early 1972 included the drilling of some 45 holes in order to determine the potential ore deposits on the Eagle-Babb and Barnes properties. Data obtained indicated vertical fissure fills with an average width of 9 feet, and height varying from 200 to 400 feet. The hanging wall of the Babb fault was followed for more than 5,000 feet. As is typical with vein mines in the district, the best ore deposits were found in the St. Louis and Ste. Genevieve limestones. A shaft was later sunk, although no information is available. If mining resumes in Kentucky, it is likely to be here.

Big Four mine

Located on the Big Four fault system, the Big Four mine was opened in 1898 by J. C. Miller (Fohs, 1907). Until 1905, zinc-bearing "gravel spar" was mined from an open cut. In 1917, A. H. Reed, Sr. expanded operations by deepening the surface mine and sinking two 100-foot shafts (the Big Four and Airlift). The mine closed following World War I, but reopened from 1922 to 1924, organized as the Big Four Fluorspar and Ore Company (Hardin and Trace, 1959). Drifts were established on the 100-foot level.

In 1924, mine ownership was transferred to the Lafayette Fluorspar Company, which deepened the Big Four shaft to 200 feet, then closed the mine. In 1944, Perry and Loyd acquired a lease on the Big Four mine, and established a cross-cut to the vein and set a drift at the 160-foot level. From this level, a raise was driven above to the 100-foot level. The next year, the Woods shaft was sunk 400 feet southwest of the Big Four shaft and connected to the 100-foot level of the Big Four shaft.

The Big Four mine produced over 35,000 tons of fluorite prior to 1946. Lead and zinc (not abundant anyway) were not mined due to inadequate milling facilities.

Blue Diggings mine

The Blue Diggings mine tapped into the Blue Diggings vein via major shafts including the Fairview, Blue Diggings and Last Chance. The deepest was the Fairview shaft at 800 feet. Drifts and stoping were carried out extensively along the Blue Diggings vein.

The Blue Diggings vein lies 900 feet west of and generally parallel to the Rosiclare vein. Unlike most veins in the district, this one dips 65 [degrees] eastward. It is rather narrow, averaging less than 3 feet in width, with occasional swells to 8 feet. Significant fluorite deposits were found at depths of nearly 750 feet. Major drifts were made at the 300, 400, 500, 650 and 750-foot levels. The 800-foot level was for the most part barren of fluorite. The deeper levels of ore were found in the 1940's by extensive diamond drilling.

Columbia mine

Located in Kentucky, the Columbia mine has the distinction of being the oldest in the district. A company owned by Andrew Jackson sank a shaft 40 to 60 feet deep, searching for argentiferous galena. About 30 years later, the Columbia Silver Mining Company purchased the mine and deepened the shaft to 80 feet. In 1873 or 1874, the mine was leased to Halliday and Green who, in the course of 15 months, ran a drift at the 50-foot level. The Glass family took an option in 1875 and deepened the shaft slightly, running drifts and setting up facilities to sort and smelt lead. The operations closed the following year due to the decline in the value of lead. Operations resumed at the turn of the century, sinking a shaft now 140 feet deep, with major drifts at the 80 and 135-foot levels.

The Columbia mine is developed on the Levias-Crittenden Spring fault system, with Ste. Genevieve limestone on the footwall and Chester-age shales and sandstone on the hanging wall. Most ore occurs in the footwall, with deposits of calcite and brown fluorite, and replacement of limestone by sphalerite. Galena also occurs sporadically. There is very little secondary mineralization, except for occasional coatings of greenockite. Department of the Interior reports for 1944 estimate that 35,000 tons of fluorite, sphalerite and galena have been removed from the property. Property owner Bill Frazier is presently (summer 1996) exploring the Columbia, Hutson and Old Jim mines for ore.

Crosson Cave prospect

The Crosson Cave prospect is interesting because its occurrence is atypical in the fluorspar district. While the Ste. Genevieve limestone occurs throughout the district (in a patchwork pattern due to faulting), and while caves are relatively common in this limestone formation, caves with mineralization (fluorite, etc.) are very rare. The Crosson Cave prospect is a cave that intersects two veins of fluorite. According to Ulrich and Smith (1905):

The surface is a broad sink hole about 10 feet deep, at the bottom of which are two openings into the cave. In this, so far as explored, there are two chambers, an upper and a lower. The first floor is 11 feet below the entrance . . ., the other is 42 feet below this floor. In the lower chamber there is a stream of flowing water. The two surface openings, 14 feet apart, have been formed on a vein with a course of N10 [degrees] W. The single opening which joins the upper and lower chambers has formed in the obtuse angle between this vein and a second with a trend of N37 [degrees] E.

Both of these veins fill fissures due to faulting, although in both cases the amount of faulting is small. The throw of the northwestern fault, as seen on the north wall of the upper level, is 2 feet 11 inches, while that of the northeastern fault, seen at the same level, is a little over 7 feet. The northwestern vein dips toward the east at an angle ranging from 70 [degrees] to 81 [degrees] at the upper level to approximately vertical at the lower level. Its width varies from about 8 inches to a little more than 2 feet; it is composed of fluorite, calcite, and some barite. The northeastern vein has a southerly dip ranging from 65 [degrees] at the upper level to about 84 [degrees] at the lower. Its width is nearly 3 feet in the lower chamber, while it pinches in the upper. This vein, like the other, is composed of fluorite, calcite and barite.

Daisy mine

The Daisy mine was operated by the Rosiclare Lead and Fluorspar Company on the Daisy vein. This vein lies some 600 feet west of the northern part of the Rosiclare vein. It was rarely wider than 8 feet, although it was reported to be wider than 20 feet in a few places (Bastin, 1931).

In 1926 the mine shaft was over 400 feet deep, with drifts at the 180, 300 and 412-foot levels. A winze led to a drift near the 500-foot level. Before the mine was closed in 1941, an 800-foot level was worked, a result of lateral diamond drilling from the Rosiclare mine (Weller et al., 1952). The southern part of the vein was mined out from the adjacent Blue Diggings vein. The largest ore shoot was 2,000 feet long, 250 feet high, and averaged 3 feet in width (Grogan and Bradbury, 1967).

The west (hanging) wall of the Daisy vein shows evidence of fault movement post-dating the deposition of fluorite. Fractures due to faulting were found to traverse and brecciate the fluorite and calcite in some places (Bastin, 1931). Slickensides indicate movement occurred at different times. In addition, evidence of wall rock replacement has been found.

Denton Mine

The Denton mine, like the nearby Annabel Lee mine, was operated by the Ozark-Mahoning Company in the relatively recently developed Harris Creek district. The deposits here, on the up-thrown north side of the Rock Creek graben, are all stratiform replacement bodies; they have been exploited along three major horizons known as the Bethel, Rosiclare, and Sub-Rosiclare levels. Eric Livingston (personal communication, 1996) reports several 100 to 150-foot collapse features in this mine which are similar to possible conduits for ore-forming solutions described by Brecke (1962, 1982).

Production began at the Denton mine in November of 1979 (Lillie, 1988), and ceased with the depletion of ore reserves in 1993. During its brief period of operation the Denton mine was one of the most important specimen producers in the Illinois-Kentucky fluorite district, yielding not only thousands of fine fluorite specimens but also the greatest variety of calcite crystal habits and associations of any mine in the district.

Dyers Hill mine

Located 3.5 miles north of Smithland, the Dyers Hill mine might be considered an outlier in the district. It was established after numerous diamond drill cores were taken along the hanging wall of the Dyers Hill fault. Exploration began in 1950 and was completed by 1952. Tibbs (1974) reported that "the main Dyers Hill fault was found to be mineralized with fluorspar for a distance of 4,200 feet overall, and varied from 1 foot to over 30 feet in width. It had an economic minable depth of about 400 feet."

Dominant components in the main vein are fluorite, calcite, sedimentary rocks, and aragonite (?). Barite was found in minor concentrations near the top of the deposit, some 200 feet beneath the surface. Sphalerite and galena are minor components (less than 3%). Very little crystalline fluorite was found. It is mainly massive and colorless to brown. At the northeast end of the mine, voids containing dogtooth calcite crystals up to 18 inches in length were found (Tibbs, 1974).

Ore was mined by shrinkage stoping at the 350, 520 and 690-foot levels. Production of 85 tons a day was reached in 1956, and a maximum of 550 tons per day was reached in 1965. By 1968, the mine had become unprofitable and was closed.

Eagle-Watson mine

Capt. D. G. Hearne began prospecting the Eagle-Watson property in 1917 (Starnes and Hickman, 1946). "Gravel spar" deposits were found throughout the property at depths of up to 120 feet. The Moore Hill fault system crosses through the property, with a network of vein-bearing smaller faults. Weathering left a large concentrate in the residuum. Starnes and Hickman noted that more than 90% of the estimated 200,000 tons of fluorite produced was mined at depths of less than 200 feet. They reported that in drifts at the bottom of the 300-foot Main shaft, a 7-foot vein was found. A two-inch streak of fluorite was visible, the remainder consisting of calcite.

In addition to the 300-foot Main shaft were the 260-foot No. 2, the 250-foot Red Headframe and 260-foot Green Headframe shafts.

Hickory Cane mine

The history of the Hickory Cane mine property, located along the Commodore fault zone, dates back to about 1901. Shafts have produced both fluorite and zinc; the deepest on the property is the Rock shaft, 240 feet deep. The Rock shaft has levels at 25, 60, 120, 155, 160, 200, and 240 feet. Between the 60 and 160-foot levels a considerable amount of stoping was done. A 4 to 5-foot zone of galena occurred from the 160 to the 240-foot levels. Between 7,000 and 8,000 tons of smithsonite was removed from the Hickory Cane mine between 1924 and 1925 (Trace, 1954a, b).

The dump of the Rock shaft contains smithsonite, galena, sphalerite, small amounts of cerussite and hemimorphite. Calcite is, by far, the most abundant mineral found on the dump. Leaching has formed white botryoidal-like calcite deposits. Fluorite is very sparse.

On the southern part of the property, the 35-foot-deep Maddox shaft was sunk in late 1941 and early 1942 to remove "gravel spar" (about 215 tons of fluorite). The shaft was later deepened to 60 feet. A crosscut was made to a fluorite vein on the Commodore fault. In 1945, a vertical raise was cut, called the Yandell shaft. The fault zone in this area contained mud, gouge, calcite, fragments and veins of fluorite and disseminated sphalerite and galena (Trace, 1954a, b).

In 1944 the Null shaft was sunk to a depth of 44 feet. A property line dispute halted operations.

Hillside mine

The Hillside mine taps into the Hillside vein, containing a deposit of fluorite that was continuous for more than 1,600 feet. The nearly vertical vein trends in a north-south direction and varies from 5 to 35 feet in width (Bastin, 1931). This is one of the widest vein widths in the district.

In 1920, the Hillside Fluorspar Mines Company sunk the Hillside shaft to extract ore. Production began two years later. The shaft was 6 by 20 feet across and 520 feet in depth. It needed to be concrete-lined, due to weathering of bedrock, to a depth of 182 feet (Bastin, 1931). Major drifts were at the 170, 250, 350, 450, 550, and 650-foot levels. The 350-foot level follows the vein for 1,600 feet. A 450-foot-deep 6 x 12-foot shaft was placed 900 feet north of the main shaft, connecting with the 250 and 350-foot levels. It provided ventilation and ore hoisting. Operations ceased in 1937 when ores in the 500 and 650-foot levels were depleted (Weller et al., 1952).

Vein contacts throughout most of the mine were said to be "firmly attached to both limestone walls" (Bastin, 1931). Slicken-sides were minor. Visual inspection within the mine shows little evidence of replacement of wall rock. The appearance of stylolites in both ore and wall rock indicate that replacement may have been important.

Lead concentrates were shipped to the National Lead Company to be smelted. Silver in the galena averaged 5 ounces to the ton.

Hutson mine

The Hutson (or Hudson) mine was worked for fluorite along with the Pierce prospect before 1900. Ulrich and Smith (1905) reported a caved shaft and open cut abandoned at the time of their visit (about 1903). They reported fluorite in a vein 6 inches to 4 feet thick.

Currier's report some 20 years later discusses operations by the American Fluorspar Company as involving 2 shafts and a 200 x 150-foot, 75-foot-deep open cut. The pit, crossed by two lamprophyre dikes, consisted at that time of a body of smithsonite. Before being abandoned, the open cut measured 400 x 200-feet.

Oesterling (1952) gave the most detailed account of the Hutson mine: Between 1914 and 1945 about 30,000 tons of smithsonite and 23,000 tons of sphalerite were extracted. In 1946, Alcoa purchased the property and, three years later, sunk a 523-foot shaft. Drifting at the time of Oesterling's paper was taking place on the 300 and 425-foot levels. The older drifts on the 90, 140 and 200-foot levels had been abandoned. The 90-foot level contained a 105 x 145-foot stope beneath the open cut. An 800-foot-long drift intersected a raise to the stope at the 90-foot level. About 1,450 feet of drifting was done on the 200-foot level.

The lamprophyre dikes at this mine are separated by 110 feet at the 200-foot level and by 84 feet at the 425-foot level. Both have been affected by faulting. The west dike is 8 to 9 feet wide at the 425-foot level and is of a dark green color. At the same level, the east dike is considerably narrower, and is a pale green color.

The ore from the Hutson mine varied from 9.8 to 39.2% metallic zinc. Sphalerite was found as both vein and bedding replacement deposits. In areas where sphalerite was mined, fluorite was absent. Marcasite was found in sizable quantities, apparently emplaced prior to, and with the sphalerite.

This mine is unique in showing almost a complete sequence of geological activity that is generally seen only piecemeal elsewhere throughout the district.

Mary Belle mine

The Mary Belle mine is located a quarter mile south of the Columbia mine, and is associated with the same fault system. The sulfide minerals were subordinate to fluorite here.

Small diggings were reported from the middle 1800's, but it was not until the turn of the century that the first shaft was sunk, yielding over 500 tons of fluorite within the first nine months (Ulrich and Smith, 1905). Although the history of the mine is sketchy, by the late 1920's the main shaft was 350 feet deep. Drifts were located on the 200 and 250-foot levels. The vein was reported to vary from 4 to 10 feet wide for over 700 feet without the dramatic pinches and swells common in other mines. Department of Interior reports for 1944 indicate that 65,000 to 75,000 tons of fluorite have been mined.

Minerva No. 1/Ozark-Mahoning No. 1 Mine

Located north of Cave in Rock, this mine tapped the largest bedding replacement orebodies ever found in the United States, a structure some 20,000 feet long. This orebody, discovered by chum drilling in 1940, also has the distinction of being one of the few deposits ever discovered in which sex played an essential role in the find. According to retired mine manager Gill Montgomery, the drill operator in 1940 had chosen to work the third (late) shift so that he would be able to sneak out unseen for romantic liaisons with his girlfriend while the drill ran. Time went by, however, and no ore was found. Management was consequently preparing to pull out of the area, a move which would deprive the drill operator of his convenient nightly opportunities for rendezvous. In order to stave off this problem he took several buckets of high-grade fluorite ore from stockpiles at the mill and "salted" his chum cuttings in order to create the hint of a new find. The geologists were fooled, and ordered another hole to be drilled. That was the hole which first penetrated the Minerva No. 1 orebody!

The Minerva Oil Company sunk a 640-foot shaft in 1942, and extraction began the following year on the southwest orebody. In 1944 operations began on the northeast orebody. In 1975 Allied Chemical Company purchased the mine, but closed it down the following year. Seaforth Minerals and Ores Company purchased the mine in 1982, and sold it to the Ozark-Mahoning Company in 1988. Pumps operating around the clock required nearly a year to remove an estimated one billion gallons of water (Eric Livingston, personal communication). Ore removal finally began again in 1989, and continued until 1996 when the pillars on the 1,600-foot level were robbed and the mine was shut down.

Although the strataform deposits are roughly flat-lying they have been tilted to some degree by Hicks Dome. The shallow southeast orebody contained all of the significant sphalerite deposits; fluorite became dominant where the strata were replaced at greater depths. Inclined shafts were required for access to the deeper Rosiclare and Sub-Rosiclare levels. When the price of fluorite would decline, mining activities shifted to concentrate on the large sphalerite deposits. This flexibility permitted the mine to stay in operation continuously for 33 years.

Because of the change in ownership of the mine, mineral specimens recovered before 1977 are generally identified as having come from the Minerva No. 1, whereas specimens found after 1988 are labeled Ozark-Mahoning No. 1. This orebody provided some of the most spectacular specimens ever found in the district: worldclass examples of fluorite, witherite, benstonite, strontianite and barite.

Old Jim mine

Located about 4,000 feet south of the Columbia mine is the Old Jim mine, one of the three most noteworthy zinc mines in the Kentucky portion of the district. The zinc orebody was discovered in 1900 and mining began the next year; it was near-surface, and predominately smithsonite, though hydrozincite and disseminated sphalerite were also extracted in modest quantities.

A noteworthy feature of the Old Jim mine was its association with a narrow but continuous lamprophyre dike. The Hutson mine, located 11 miles to the southwest, exploits a similar though more extensive deposit and is also associated with lamprophyre dikes.

The mine consists of two open cuts. The northern cut is 400 feet in length and 37 feet deep. The southern cut is only 140 feet long. Smithsonite replaced the Ste. Genevieve limestone in the form of bedding replacement. Even chert nodules had some zinc content.

The southern cut trends to a sink hole containing a small cave. The walls of the cave were covered with typical calcite speleothems (cave formations), but behind the cave walls were residual deposits rich in smithsonite. The cave was mined out.

Pygmy mine

Five miles east of the Yandell mine, on the Tabb fault system, is the Pygmy (or Pigmy) mine, actually a series of shafts and open cuts. Abandoned now, this mine is perhaps the best-exposed fluorite/barite mine in the Kentucky portion of the district. In addition to material on the dumps, exposures of steeply dipping strata on the Tabb fault system are visible. The writer observed an open shaft during a Spring, 1986 visit which was not exposed during a visit three years earlier. This points out the need to exercise caution when visiting old mines. Current regulations require a thick concrete cap over the shafts, as well as the dismantling of headframes. Older shafts frequently were insufficiently covered or left open. The Pygmy area is fiddled with no fewer than 14 shafts.

The Pygmy area was first mentioned by Ulrich and Smith as the "Myers prospect." It consisted at that time of several open cuts and shallow shafts that exposed a 200-foot-wide residuum zone of barite and minor fluorite. Hoeing (1913) described a 100-foot Pygmy shaft, with drifts at the 60 and 100-foot levels.

In 1915 the property was purchased by the Rosiclare Lead and Fluorspar Company. A single 150-foot shaft with a 300-foot drift was reported (Trace, 1985). Two shafts, the No. 1 and No. 6 were sunk to 220 and 300 feet, respectively. The No. 1 shaft was reported to have a 680-foot drift and a 200-foot-long crosscut at the bottom. Additional drifts were at the 50, 90 and 150-foot levels. The No. 6 shaft had crosscuts and drifts at the 110 and 330-foot levels. Operations were discontinued in 1919 after removing 15,000 tons of fluorite.

Henry and Frazier reopened the Pygmy briefly in 1928-1929, removing 2,000 tons of ore from five shafts (Trace, 1985).

J. S. Frazier sunk six shafts of varying depths (50 to 150 feet) on the property from 1936 to 1941. Additional shafts were sunk later, but no information is available. Total production from 1936 to the early 1950's could have been as much as 73,000 tons.

The property was leased to J. W. Crider in the mid to late 1950's. The main operation was an open cut mine which continued intermittently until 1973. Crider's strip mine followed the fault zone for 1,500 feet. Draglines removed an estimated 15,000 tons of fluorite and an additional 15,000 tons of barite from shallow deposits 100 to 200 feet wide. These cuts are readily visible today.

Rosiclare mines

The most productive vein mines in the district have been associated with the Rosiclare vein, which extends from beneath the Ohio River northward for about 2 miles. The southern part of the vein was mined by the Franklin Fluorspar Company (Alcoa). The Good Hope and Extension were two major shafts, with additional ore removed through the Annex, the New and the No. 4 shafts. Widths at this part of the vein varied from 4 to 12 feet, with a maximum of 20 feet near the surface.

The northern part of the vein was mined by the Rosiclare Lead and Fluorspar Mining Company. On this section of the vein were the Rosiclare shaft, Rosiclare Plant shaft, and the Air shaft. Maximum vein widths were 25 to 30 feet, but averaged 5 to 6 feet. The vein was mined continuously for 4,850 feet (Grogan and Bradbury, 1967).

As was typical for the vein deposits in this area, fluorite in the Rosiclare vein pinched out at depth, becoming calcite. The depth at which the fluorite "bottoms out" into calcite varies from about 300 to 720 feet in depth.

The town of Rosiclare is still today dominated by the old mill of the Rosiclare Lead and Fluorspar Company, now just a rusting hulk. Earlier in the century it was a hub of activity.

Spar Mountain mines

Spar Mountain is a ridge of Mississippian limestone overlain by a cap of resistant sandstone, located about 3.5 miles northwest of Cave in Rock, Illinois. Prospecting for lead was carried out there for many years prior to the first mining.

Around 1900, the Cleveland-Illinois Fluorspar Company operated a lead mine (also recovering fluorite) at Spar Mountain (Bastin, 1931). In 1919, the Spar Mountain Mining Company of New York mined fluorite there. Fluorite was actively mined by the Benzon Fluorspar Company between 1925 and 1939. The "Benzon mines" consist of the Oxford-West Morrison open cut, the Austin (Lead or Lead Adit) mine, the Cleveland mine, and the Green-Defender mine. With the exception of the open cut, the Spar Mountain deposits are overlain by the sandstone caprock. Ore was generally removed through shallow shafts or adits in the hillside.

Today, the Spar Mountain area remains as the only locality where bedding replacement deposits can be readily seen on the outcrop. Mineral collecting is discouraged because exposures are unstable and dangerous. The present owners have sporadically mined fluorite, but have turned their attentions to products utilizing the Ste. Genevieve limestone and Rosiclare sandstone. The most recent workings were those in the Oxford-West Morrison open cut. The deeply weathered deposits with slumping and confused bedding makes mining difficult, at best. Fluorite specimens up to 40 pounds, with crystals over 3 inches on an edge, were collected during the course of mining operations in 1986.

Yandell mines

The Yandell mines are located on the western part of the Tabb fault system, which has produced the most fluorite in the Kentucky portion of the fluorspar district. The history of the mines here dates back to the 1850's when the first prospect hole was dug for fluorite and galena. Prior to 1873, when Henry Glass shipped fluorite, the Dycusburg Lead Company mined galena there. In 1874, the Cincinnati Fluorspar Company took over mining operations, removing several hundred tons of fluorite. Spar was hauled 5 miles to Dycusburg and shipped by barge from the Cumberland to the Ohio River. In the early 1900's, the Kentucky Fluorspar Company operated the mines. Later, mining operations moved eastward along the fault system.

About 1,100 feet of the Tabb fault system has been mined in the Yandell area. By 1905 there were 24 shafts (the deepest at 115 feet) and three open cut mines. Deeply weathered rock occurs along the vein walls to depths of 85 feet and greater. Vein widths vary from nil to 10 feet, typically 5 feet.


Prospecting Methods

The first deposits in the district were found by accident. However, it did not take long to determine where to mine. Certain areas carried abundant mineral fragments in the soil, and these "gravel spar" deposits were mined well into the 20th century. Such deposits are formed from the residuum of a fluorite vein at the surface, where at least one vein wall is composed of limestone. Fluorite does not weather away as readily as the surrounding wall rock, accumulating as a concentrate on or near the surface. Intense weathering of bedrock has left "gravel spar" deposits as deep as 250 feet (Thurston and Hardin, 1954).

"Gravel spar" deposits have actually played a role in locating orebodies. The techniques used over the past 80 years are similar to those used in other mining districts. The most common techniques are diamond core drills, churn drills, augers, and (to a lesser extent) test shafts and prospecting pits. Electrical earth self-potential surveys and electric logs have also been used to locate fault zones and orebodies (Weller et al., 1952). Trenches, prospect shafts, tunnels and adits have also been used in seeking orebodies, in vein or bedded deposits. Obviously, these are only useful for near-surface deposits.

Core drilling in areas with the potential for containing orebodies is the most common and economical method used today. It costs less per foot/depth than the other aforementioned techniques. For shallow exploration, auger drills have proven effective because they are fast and easily moved along a fault line. Churn drilling is effective, especially in prospecting for bedding replacement deposits, but is slow (J. Baxter, 1986, personal communication).

The diamond core drill is the most widespread method used during the last 40 years. Cores can reveal, with great accuracy, the location and thickness of a fluorite vein or bedded deposit, as well as the relative displacement of rock strata along fault lines. Multiple coring is essential because vein deposits fluctuate in thickness from greater than 50 feet to less than an inch along the strike of a single fault. Cores have been drilled to depths greater than 1,500 feet, but usually only go to less than 500 feet. Angle holes, 70 [degrees] to 45 [degrees] from vertical, are drilled from the surface. The angle chosen depends on the dip of the fault being prospected and the depth to the favorable stratum (J. Baxter, 1986, personal communication). Today, as shallow deposits are worked out, deeper drilling is necessary. The diamond drill has been utilized from within the mine in order to extend underground workings (both horizontal and vertical directions).

Mining Methods

Most of the Illinois-Kentucky fluorite has been produced from underground mines. Surface workings, such as those in the Cave in Rock and Empire districts, are used to exploit smaller deposits or to fully exploit previously worked orebodies.

Detailed descriptions of early mining techniques in this district are scarce. J. T. Worth (1938) describes mining as follows:

Men at first mined ore very crudely. The mine was a hole in the ground. They reached the bottom by ladders on the side. To keep the sides from caving in on them as they worked, heavy timbers were placed so as to hold these sides perpendicular. Planks were nailed to these timbers to prevent small stones from falling from the sides and hitting the miners below. The ore was hauled up by a bucket which was connected by a rope to a windlass at the top. This arrangement was very similar to that used in wells to raise water. It often took the combined effort of two men to raise the bucket. Holes were driven into the ore by hand steel drills. They were hammered by men who had to twist the drill every time it was hit, so as to crumble the rock and enable them to put powder in. Long fuses were attached and lighted, and the men ran up ladders to safety before the explosion.

Modern mining techniques have involved stoping in vein deposits and room-and-pillar methods in bedded deposits. In vein mining, a vertical shaft is emplaced adjacent to the vein, then a cross-cut tunnel is driven horizontal to the vein. A drift (a horizontal tunnel following the vein) is driven to provide ore, haulage ways and to serve as a starting point for shrinkage stoping and ventilation. The stope is excavated upward by blasting. When a vein is narrow, timbers or bolts are used to support walls as ore is removed. When a vein is too wide, an arch of vein material is left for support. Additional mining levels may be driven above or below the initial level, usually at 100-foot intervals. Ore was hoisted by buckets in earlier days. New safety regulations and good economics required the use of skips (G. Montgomery, 1986, personal communication). Miners are transported in "cages" atop the ore skips.

Minor vein deposits located near the surface have typically been mined by conventional stripping methods. Overburden was removed and the vein was dug out. Often these small deposits were mixed with soil. Ore had to be cleaned in log washers before gravity processing.

Bedded deposits were usually mined by a modified room-and-pillar method. This method is called open stoping. When deposits were found on a hillside, an adit was driven into the hill and room-and-pillar methods were used immediately. Most orebodies were not easily accessible and required a vertical shaft either adjacent to, or directly into the orebody. The shaft was used to haul ore out of the mine (Bradbury et al., 1968). The Crystal mine utilized both shafts and adits to remove ore (G. Montgomery, 1986, personal communication). In most recent times all mining was done through vertical shafts. Small-scale mining in the Spar Mountain area was done with strip mining, removing up to 100 feet of overburden, and also removing old mine pillars.



The fluorite district is in a region consisting of mostly northeast-faulted sedimentary rocks with scattered narrow mafic intrusions. Sedimentary rocks are from Middle Devonian to Early Pennsyl-vanian age. In addition to the rock strata, unconsolidated sand, gravel and clay of Cretaceous and Tertiary age as well as loess and alluvium of Quaternary age are present, particularly along the Ohio River and the southwestern part of the district.

The stratigraphic column of southern Illinois is shown in Figure 3. The western Kentucky stratigraphic nomenclature is slightly different, and is illustrated in Figure 4. The productive areas are found in the Meramecian (= Valmeyerian) Middle Mississippian to Chesterian, Late Mississippian-age rocks.

Dikes, Sills and Breccias

About 50 narrow, highly altered mafic and ultramafic dikes and (rarely) sills of Permian age are known in the fluorite district. Several plug-like bodies of breccia have been found punctuating the Illinois Paleozoic rocks, notably on and around Hicks Dome. The dikes have been identified as either mica-peridotites, lamphroites or lamprophyres (Koenig, 1956; Heyl, 1989, personal communication). Most trend northwest, parallel to the axis of the Tolu Arch. With a few exceptions, they are highly altered with serpentine and calcite replacing the original olivine and pyroxene. They contain a holocrystalline, porphyritic and fine-grained to medium-grained groundmass. Minerals occurring in the intrusions are listed in Table 2.

The few reported sills in Illinois and Kentucky occur as bedding plane intrusions, generally not far from the parent dike (Koenig, 1956).

The mafic rocks were intruded as a crystalline mush of a moderately low temperature. The temperature of the intrusions was about 600 [degrees] C as determined by the Illinois State Geological Survey (A. V. Heyl, 1989, personal communication). Rocks adjacent to the dikes show slight contact metamorphism. Generally, the effect is not noticeable beyond a foot from the intrusion. The dikes weather to resemble surrounding sedimentary rock and are only visible to the trained eye. The exception is the Claylick dikes in Claylick Creek, Crittenden County, Kentucky, which are continuously washed clean by running water.

Bradbury et al. (1955) reported analyses of the Robinson dike, near the apex of Hicks Dome, and the Fowler dike near Salem, Kentucky. The former contains anomalous concentrations of rare earths, niobium, zirconium and beryllium.

The breccias (diatremes) and breccia "dikes" in Illinois have been discussed by Baxter and Desborough (1965), Baxter et al. (1967), Brown et al. (1954), and Clegg and Bradbury (1956). Baxter and Desborough (1965) described the breccias as consisting of:

Angular to subrounded fragments of sedimentary, metamorphosed sedimentary, and igneous rocks in a matrix of finely ground rock (from wall rock) and mineral fragments. The mineral fragments include quartz, pyroxene, augite, [nepheline] hornblende, apatite, mica [phlogopite or magnesian biotite], and feldspar.

Seven breccia plugs are known, up to 1,000 feet in diameter. They are circular or oval in plan, but the true geometric shape is unknown.

Trace (1960) analyzed a breccia on Hicks Dome which is radioactive. It was found to contain monazite (later reidentified as brockite) and florencite in subordinate amounts. Brockite was found to occur as small (0.1-0.2 mm), soft, earthy, round, brownish yellow grains.

The unusual mineralization was reported, both on the surface and at depths exceeding 2,000 feet, in the breccias at Hicks Dome. Various authors including Brown et al. (1954), Bradbury (1962), Hall and Heyl (1968), Heyl et al. (1965) and Trace (1960), reported thorium-bearing and rare-earth-bearing fluorite with sphalerite, galena, barite, monazite (later found to be brockite), florencite, bertrandite, calcite, quartz, pyrite, brookite, yttroparisite (?), biotite, rutile, xenotime and apatite.


The Illinois-Kentucky fluorspar district is located in the most complexly faulted area of the central United States. The district occurs where the 38th Parallel Lineament - a series of fault zones extending from Virginia to Missouri - intersects the New Madrid fault zone. The latter is the most active fault zone in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. It was responsible for the three great earthquakes of 1811-1812, estimated to be greater than 8.0 on the Richter scale. The origin of the 38th Parallel Lineament is unknown. It is a high-angle zone extending deep into the Precambrian (as determined by gravity and magnetic studies; A. V. Heyl, 1989, personal communication). The New Madrid fault zone is thought to be an aulacogen - the failed arm of a plate tectonic rift system. The age of rifting was Precambrian, so the history of the fluorite district, indirectly at least, goes back over 700 million years.

Fluorite is found in other areas along the 38th Parallel Lineament. The central Kentucky fluorite district occurs where the Lineament intersects the crest of a broad fold structure called the Cincinnati Arch. Fluorite can be found in minor amounts at various limestone quarries through Kentucky, especially in the Mississippian strata.

Located near the intersection between the two major fault zones is a cryptoexplosive structure known as Hicks Dome. This dome is not a laccolith, but rather a large breccia "hill" overlain by an 11,000 to 15,000-foot-thick sequence of sedimentary rocks. The presence of radial and arcuate faults, as well as breccia plugs (described earlier) indicate that Hicks Dome postdates the Paleozoic rocks in the region. The Middle Devonian strata exposed in the center of the dome are found at a depth of 4,000 feet only a few miles away.

The southeastern section of the dome has been truncated by a 4 to 5-mile-long down-dropped block called the Rock Creek Graben. Southward, across the Ohio River in Kentucky, is an extension of a structural high known as the Tolu Arch. The general structural contours in Kentucky reflect a complicated series of horsts and grabens, bounded on the south by the Tabb fault system (Rogers and Hays, 1967).

The faults occurring in the district are largely steeply dipping to vertical, with inclinations rarely as low as 45 [degrees]. Faults are of the normal variety, though the dip of an individual fault and vein may be locally reversed (Hardin, 1955). Along the edges of many of the larger grabens, fault zones consist of several subparallel and sinuously intersecting fractures (Trace, 1966). These zones can be more than 1,000 feet wide.

Evidence of vertical displacement as much as 3,000 feet has been found in the southwest comer of the Burma quadrangle, where Pennsylvanian rocks are abutting Early Mississippian cherty limestone (Trace, 1974a, b). Generally the displacement is between a few feet and a few hundred feet.

Deep core drilling has been very sparse, so the displacement of strata below 2,000 feet is, for the most part, unknown. A few 2,000-foot holes indicate displacements similar to that at the surface.

Horizontal fault displacement has not been extensively studied. Weller and Sutton (1951) indicate that at least some horizontal motion has occurred. Clark and Royds (1948), Heyl and Brock (1961), and Heyl (1972) all suggest that substantial horizontal motion may have occurred. The strike-slip component is not widely published, but is readily apparent to company geologists who spend considerable amounts of time underground (A. V. Heyl, 1989, personal communication).

Geologic History

Although there is no consensus of opinion among geologists, a possible sequence of events leading to the current state of the district has been tentatively developed. The exact timing of individual events and the peculiar geologic features are still being debated. Repetition of both structural and mineralogical events has occurred, confusing the situation. The time interval of these events has been determined to be from Late Pennsylvanian to possibly Late Cretaceous - a span of 200 million years! First came the structural uplift forming the Tolu Arch. The intrusion of mafic dikes and sills may have occurred at this time, as most of them strike parallel to the axis of this arch (A. V. Heyl, 1989, personal communication). Hicks Dome might have formed much later (J. Baxter, 1986, personal communication). Zartman et al. (1967) have radiometrically determined the dikes to be Early Permian age. The Elliott County, Kentucky, peridotite/kimberlites (about 250 miles east) are of similar age. Next came the movement of the northeast-trending faults. Mineral deposition appears to have occurred after the faulting, though fluorite showing slickensides indicates post-mineralization movement of rock. Fluorite appears to have been deposited in post-Middle Pennsylvanian and preLate Cretaceous time. Heyl (1982) indicates that mineralization took place primarily in the late Paleozoic or early Mesozoic, with supergene mineralization occurring in the Cenozoic.

Most mineralogists consider the deposits to be epigenetic, the elements in the ore being carried by hot connate water heated by igneous activity. Some of the minerals may have been deposited by connate brines (Hall and Friedman, 1963).

Heyl et al. (1966) offer a hypothesis for the mineralization in the district using lead isotopes and zonal patterns. All galenas of the district are of the "J" type, being relatively enriched in radiogenic isotopes as compared with ordinary lead. They note that the ratios of Pb206/Pb204 and Pb207/Pb204 show a general rise in values away from Hicks Dome. Pb208/Pb204 also shows this trend, except at Hicks Dome itself (due to Pb208 contamination, since thorium is abnormally high in the intrusive breccia found there).

Additional evidence includes the amount of silver found in galena. The amount tends to decrease in a southeasterly direction from Hicks Dome. Barite tends to be abundant toward the margins of the district. No zonation is apparent in either fluorite or sulfides, although there appears to be a relationship between vein deposits of sphalerite and mafic dikes (e.g. Old Jim, Hickory Cane, and Hutson mines).

In the stratiform deposits near Cave in Rock, the apparent origin of the mineralization can be stated in the following hypothesis (Grogan and Bradbury, 1967): fluorine was emplaced by convection of connate water driven by heat of magmatic origin. The bedding replacement deposits were emplaced as mineralizing fluids entered a network of fractures, rising to where host rock characteristics, hydrologic and other factors combined to favor precipitation of these deposits.

Fluorite deposited by connate water was corroded by a pulse of magmatic water of different chemistry (of the same temperature) which deposited quartz, sphalerite and galena. Changes in internal flow patterns then caused a decrease in magmatic water and an increase in connate water with fluorite, much like the original pulse. Conditions changed so that meteoric waters then deposited sulfate and carbonate minerals.

Others (Amstutz and Park, 1967) consider the origin to be syngenetic, with ore being derived from the sedimentary rocks, without depending on igneous activity. However, A. V. Heyl (1989, personal communication) believes that most of the fluorite in the district occurs in large veins that cannot be ascribed to syngenetic origin.


Detailed studies of mineral paragenesis have been carried out in the Cave in Rock bedding replacement deposits by various writers including Hall and Friedman (1963), Heyl (1982), and Richardson and Pinckney (1984). All but Heyl obtained their information from studying the deposits at the Davis-Deardorff, Hill and Oxford mines. Heyl's work was from a district-wide study.

The earliest mineral to form was rhombohedral calcite, which was deposited after the solution of the limestone host rock. It occurs as veins and crusts between wall rock and fluorite, although most of it was replaced by later minerals (R. D. Trace, personal communication). Some rhombohedrons are intimately associated with yellow fluorite, the first of five major fluorite sequences. Richardson and Pinckney (1984) list nine fluorite sequences (see below). In addition, they consider early rhombohedral calcite to be intergrown scalenohedrons with prominent cleavage planes. (The writer has found crystalline rhombohedral calcite on the dumps at the Rosiclare Lead and Spar Company mill site.) Scalenohedral calcite does not occur until late in the paragenetic sequence.

The earliest fluorite is unquestionably yellow. Most mines studied show yellow fluorite being deposited before any other color. Exceptions occur, but can be explained by the lack of an opening into that particular area in the deposit when solutions were precipitating yellow fluorite.

Yellow is followed by a thin purple zone. Hall and Friedman (1963) describe white and blue following the thin purple fluorite. Richardson and Pinckney (1984) describe a second deposition of yellow fluorite which lacks carbonate inclusions. It also contains chalcopyrite near the contact with the next color zone, and may locally contain quartz inclusions. The contact between the next zone is frequently very porous, almost spongy, with fluid inclusions.

The second purple fluorite zone ("P2") of Richardson and Pinckney (1984) equals the white and blue fluorite of Hall and Friedman (1963). They describe this zone as being pale blue, bluish purple, or pale purple. It may occur within the ragged zone of the second yellow fluorite. They consider the white to be a pale part of the "P2" zone. The "P2" zone may contain inclusions of sulfides, quartz and bitumen. Later zones of purple fluorite grew expitaxially on earlier fluorite and show multiple zoning.

There is substantial overlap of zoning throughout the district. Richardson and Pinckney (1984) described five more purple zones (totaling seven purple) interspersed with colorless bands. They describe the white zones as occurring between two purple zones (i.e. white zone between "P5" and "P6"). This is Hall and Friedman's late purple stage.

Hall and Friedman (1963) found three stages of chalcopyrite deposition. The first within yellow fluorite ("Y2" of Richardson and Pinckney, 1984), the second within white/blue/early purple ("P2" as above), and the third following most quartz, sphalerite and galena (later purple fluorite is also included).

Bitumen is found to be present continuously from the yellow through late purple stages. Petroleum zonation is very distinct in crystals when examined with an ultraviolet lamp. Black masses of bitumen commonly coat fluorite and sphalerite.

Hall and Friedman (1963) and Richardson and Pinckney (1984) give contradictory information about the later mineral paragenesis. The earlier writers found overwhelming evidence that the deposition of quartz, sphalerite, galena and late fluorite occurred under conditions oscillating near equilibrium (between precipitation and solution) over a long period of time. They noted that delicate zoning observed in crystals often shows evidence of leaching at the zonal boundaries. Richardson and Pinckney (1984) noted sharp boundaries with solid inclusions crossing zonal borders, with little evidence of dissolution during quartz and sulfide deposition!

The paragenesis of the vein deposits in the fluorite districts has not been studied in the same detail as the bedding replacement deposits. Figure 10 is a simplified diagram based on four diagrams in Bastin (1931) from the Rosiclare and Hillside veins. Overall, it is very similar to Hall and Friedman's diagram. Early work was done by studying specimens from the mine dumps and, to a lesser extent, detailed examinations from within the mine.


The deposits of fluorite occur in three forms: veins, bedding replacements, and breccia pipes. Vein deposits are vertical or near vertical, while bedding replacement deposits are horizontal or slightly dipping. Ore-bearing breccia pipes occur at low places in the bedded orebodies along controlling faults. They were not mined at depth because company engineers did not know how to do so (A. V. Heyl, 1989, personal communication). All are fault-related, the latter less conspicuously.

The vein deposits are the most widespread in the district. Most veins are found in predominant northeast-trending faults. Veins are of variable thickness, pinching and swelling erratically. Typical vein thicknesses are between 3 and 10 feet, occasionally swelling to as much as 40 feet. Ore shoots may be in excess of 400 feet long and 200 feet high. The fluorite veins most frequently occur as fissure fillings along faults. Occurrences in fault breccias and replacement of vein calcite and wall rock are common. A few have small bedding replacement deposits extending out from the feeding fault veins (A. V. Heyl, 1989, personal communication).

Trace (1974a) notes that "fluorite varies from fine and medium crystalline in small, commonly purple, veinlets to coarsely crystalline in commonly brown, white or colorless, more massive veins." Veins are commonly brecciated and/or sheeted. Locally, rough banding occurs parallel to vein walls. It is not unusual to find bits of carbonaceous shale in vein deposits. Material from the 1,000-foot deep Henson mine shows this shale gouge. The shale is undoubtedly derived from Chester-age strata.

The bedding replacement deposits are located in the vicinity of Cave in Rock, Illinois, in the northeastern part of the fluorite district. Other deposits are located near Joy, Kentucky, across the river from Rosiclare. Deposits follow minor faults and fractures that trend in a northeast direction. Both run parallel to long grabens. Substantially continuous deposits of approximately 20,000 feet in length are known, although most are much smaller. Widths of the deposits are typically 50 to 200 feet, and 5 to 20 feet thick (Grogan and Bradbury, 1967).

Certain rock strata are prone to bedding replacement. Major replacement deposits occur in the Downeys Bluff Limestone (lower Chester age) which is overlain by the Bethel Sandstone (often called the "sub-Bethel"), the Joppa member of the Ste. Genevieve Limestone which is overlain by the Rosiclare Sandstone (often called the "sub-Rosiclare"), and the Spar Mountain member of the Ste. Genevieve Limestone, overlain by the Karnak member. The overlying strata generally have an impermeable shale layer at their base. Minor bedding replacement occurs in the Levias member of the Renault Formation and the Karnak member of the Ste. Genevieve, beneath localized shale occurrences. The underlying St. Louis Limestone does not have shale seams in known positions as does the Ste. Genevieve Limestone. Fluorite occurrences in this formation are widely scattered.

The shales acted as dams for rising mineralizing solutions. With a shale cap rock, solutions spread out laterally from the feeding faults and fractures, forming crescentic or wedge-shaped deposits (Grogan, 1949; Brecke, 1962). Eric Livingston (personal communication, 1996) reported seeing several 100 to 150-foot diameter collapse features in the Denton mine and several similar but less distinct structures in the Annabel Lee mine. The limestone was replaced by fluorite at the time of deposition. Scattered solution-collapse features indicate that localized caving occurred. Selective replacement of crystalline calcite occurred along the periphery of deposits and in the Rosiclare Sandstone. Curious fluorite-replaced fossils can be found at these points, although perfect preservation is uncommon. Bastin (1931) notes fossil echinoderms wholly or partially replaced by fluorite. The writer's collection includes well-preserved solitary and colonial corals, crinoid columns and calices, bryozoans, and blastoids, including a rare Diploblastus wholly or partially replaced by fluorite.

In several bedding replacement deposits, large breccia pipes were found. Brecke (1962) describes two such pipes about 250 feet in diameter and in excess of 500 feet in vertical dimension. The total depth of mineralization is unknown. Strata had slumped as much as 100 feet. The mineralized zone of the breccia pipe of the North Green mine spanned the St. Louis Limestone to the Cypress Sandstone (Brecke, 1982). No alteration of wall rock was noted beneath the contact collapse zones. No effort was made to locate the lower limit of mineralization in that pipe. Arguments over whether these breccia pipes represent the source of fluorite activity have met with no general agreement. They undoubtedly represent areas of high solution activity. Brecke (1982) and Heyl (1989, personal communication) consider these pipes to be primary conduits of ore solutions for the bedding replacement deposits. The ore-forming fluid removed a greater volume of rock than was replaced by fluorite, causing the development of open cavities and sagging beds (Grogan and Bradbury, 1967).

Bedding replacement deposits are noted for their "coon-tail" ore, consisting of rhythmic banding of fluorite (as evidenced by multiple colors) or other minerals. Grogan and Bradbury (1967) indicate that these ores were formed in "backwater" areas where conditions were quiescent. High-grade coon-tail ore is nearly impossible to find in worked mines. On the periphery of the ore deposits, low-grade coon-tail ore consisting of alternating bands of fluorite/barite or fluorite/limestone may be found. Fluorite/sphalerite and sphalerite/quartz have been reported in the Deardorff mine (Brecke, 1982). The Lead Hill and Cave in Rock mines both reported banded fluorite/quartz (Weller et al., 1952).


The vein and bedding replacement deposits contain virtually the same minerals. Calcite is more abundant in vein deposits, though not insignificant in bedding replacement deposits. Brecke (1964a) found concentrations of barite in areas most remote from the source of solution. Barite occurs on the periphery of single orebodies, around centers of mineralization, and throughout the district as a whole.

Sulfides occur throughout the district and have been economically significant in several orebodies. Zinc in the form of sphalerite (and, to a lesser extent, smithsonite) has been found in economic deposits in both Illinois and Kentucky. In several of the Cave in Rock district bedded deposits, the zinc mineralization was essential to the economics of various orebodies. The sale of zinc concentrates was often more rewarding than the sale of fluorite (G. Montgomery, 1986, personal communication). Heyl (1989, personal communication) considered this area as one of the most important zinc-producing areas in the United States. The value of lead was less important.

This was especially true of the large orebody at the Minerva No. 1 mine, north of Cave in Rock, where most of the production came from the replacement of the Renault Limestone. In the northeast ends of the parallel ore leads, zinc was important in three levels of the Fredonia member of the Ste. Genevieve Limestone (G. Montgomery, 1986, personal communication). Sphalerite containing germanium was a major ore in the Deardorff mine, and the only ore in the Hutson mine across the river in Kentucky.

Galena has not been found in exclusive deposits, although it was abundant at the Patrick lead mine west of Cave in Rock, where the ore was sold for lead-silver concentrate (Heyl, 1989, personal communication). All other sulfides, sulfates and carbonates (excluding calcite and barite) occur in minor amounts and are of little or no economic value except to the specimen collector.

Hall and Heyl (1968) report the fluorite in the district to be remarkably free of impurities, except for that found around Hicks Dome, which contains thorium and rare-earth elements. The green fluorite contains trace amounts of yttrium. This may account for the bright blue fluorescence of the fluorite found around Hicks Dome, whereas the fluorite (excluding petroleum inclusions) in other areas of the district is not fluorescent.

The following species have been reported in the literature from deposits in the fluorite district, or have been found on hand specimens. Detailed analytical work has generally not been carried out, but most species are easily identified megascopically.

Alstonite CaBa[(C[O.sub.3]).sub.2]

Alstonite is a rare mineral which has been reported from the Minerva No. 1 mine as very small (ca.1 mm) sharp, white, pseudohexagonal dipyramids associated with benstonite, calcite and witherite. This is the only known North American occurrence of alstonite.

Anglesite PbS[O.sub.4]

Anglesite is very rare in the fluorite district, occurring as a weathering product of galena. Only one locality has been reported in the literature, the Patrick lead mine (Weller et al., 1952). However, there are several other localities where anglesite may be found, including Conn's mine in the Empire district, the W. L. Davis-Deardorff and Minerva No. 1 mines in the Cave in Rock district, and the Columbia, Hickory Cane and Hutson mines in Kentucky.

Ankerite Ca(Fe,Mg,Mn)[(C[O.sub.3]).sub.2]

Ankerite has been reported from the Old Jim mine in Kentucky, at the edge of the Old Jim lamprophyre dike. The mineral occurred as a crystalline aggregate of a whitish pink color, with curved rhombohedral cleavage faces (Ulrich and Smith, 1905). Other occurrences have been reported in the district, but some mineralogists classify it as a ferroan dolomite. All material analyzed by Heyl and others was ferroan dolomite, except a little along the dikes (A. V. Heyl, 1989, personal communication).

Aragonite CaC[O.sub.3]

Aragonite has been reported from the Dyers Hill mine (Tibbs, 1974); as coatings on calcite and as flos ferri in the Minerva No. 1 and other mines (T. Huizing, personal communication); and coating rhombohedral calcite crystals in the Davis-Deardorff mine (James Below, personal communication).

Asphaltite hydrocarbon

Asphaltite/grahamite are mineralloids occurring throughout the district. The host rock in the region contains significant petroleum reserves, producing thousands of barrels of oil each year (especially in areas north and east of the district). It is probable that the district was a major oil dome in the Permian period, before the northeast faults formed (A. V. Heyl, 1989, personal communication). These mineralloids can be found as inclusions, especially in fluorite, calcite and quartz and/or as coatings. They commonly occur in mineral fractures. Strong petroliferous odors are often noticeable when breaking masses of fluorite, other minerals, and host rock.

Ulrich and Smith (1905) reported pockets of oil in the Bonanza mine in Kentucky. Liquid petroleum is abundant in early yellow-stage fluorite fluid inclusions (A. V. Heyl, 1989, personal communication). The Hill mine, north of Cave in Rock, had an unusual occurrence of asphaltite/grahamite: B. L. Perry reported a 3 by 10-foot cavity, 1 to 1.5 feet high, half filled with asphaltite. The bituminous material was mostly vitreous, with a 3-cm-thick layer of a dull frothy material at the top (Grogan and Bradbury, 1968). In the Minerva No. 1 mine (G. Montgomery, 1986, personal communication), in the period from 1970 to 1975, live crude oil was a serious nuisance, appearing in cavities in the fluorite-zinc ores of the Renault Formation. It had to be collected in barrels and hoisted to the surface. Crude oil was harmful to fluorite flotation in the mill, as it caused excess frothing and loss of concentrate. Sometimes some of the oil could be floated off the surface of thickeners before flotation of fluorite or sphalerite. Unfortunately, there was not enough crude oil to be considered economically interesting.

Azurite [Cu.sub.3][(OH).sub.2][(C[O.sub.3]).sub.2]

Azurite has not been reported in the literature, although Richardson (1925) predicted its occurrence. The writer has found what is believed to be azurite in microscopic grains in association with malachite from the dump at the Minerva No. 1 mine.

Additional azurite may have been found on the dumps adjacent to the heavy media mill and the Annie L No. 45 shaft in the Cave in Rock district. Brecke (personal communication) reports finding small amounts of azurite as films on quartz at the Patrick lead mine.

Barite BaS[O.sub.4]

Barite is widespread throughout the district although, as mentioned earlier, it tends to become most prominent toward the periphery of the district. Sources of good barite crystals are numerous, including the Minerva No. 1, Denton, and Annabel Lee mines all producing outstanding specimens with colors ranging from white, to brown, yellow, orange and blue (Lillie, 1988). The Gaskins mine also produced some interesting straw-yellow barite (Carlon and Winchell, 1975). Historically, the Crystal and Victory mines produced beautiful barite specimens.

Barite crystals are typically from microscopic to over 3 cm in length; they occasionally reach lengths of 10 cm (e.g. at the Gaskins and West Green mine; Carlon and Winchell, 1975).

Barite is thought to be near the end of the paragenetic sequence, though this may not be completely true. This writer possesses a fluorite cast after barite. The fluorite appears to be from the "P2" zone of Richardson and Pinckney (1984), having a pale purplish blue color. The original barite crystal was nearly 10 cm in length and slightly more than a centimeter thick. Additionally, this writer frequently finds barite inclusions in yellow fluorite, as well as yellow crystals over barite in deposits along Spar Mountain in the Cave in Rock district. These may result from barite replacing earlier fluorite.

Barite has been found in stalactitic form in several localities including the Annabel Lee mine. One pocket discovered in this mine in 1988 contained barite in a stringy meshwork. Barite has also been found in casts after witherite and celestite at the Minerva No. 1 mine, the Annabel Lee mine and at the old Cleveland mine.

In addition to the mines mentioned above, there are other mines which contained large barite deposits. The Ainsworth and Mico mines, southeast of Cave in Rock (in Kentucky), produced substantial tonnages of barite, though no unusual specimens. The Pygmy mine area near Mexico, Kentucky, also produced large quantities of barite. Numerous "gravel spar" deposits of barite were reported in the Kentucky portion of the district (Anderson et al., 1982).

Benstonite [(Ba,Sr).sub.6][(Ca,Mn).sub.6]Mg[(C[O.sub.3]).sub.13]

Benstonite is a rare double carbonate that has been found at the Minerva No. 1 mine. White and Jarosewich (1971) reported it as occurring "as flat, unmodified rhombohedral crystals which appear to be arranged epitaxially around spinelike crystals of calcite." The color ranges from pale yellow to pale yellowish brown. Specimens not intimately associated with calcite tend to form crusts of saddle-shaped rhombs less than 1.2 cm across. Barite sometimes forms a white coating over benstonite. Benstonite and witherite tend to occur within 500 feet of the main shaft at the Minerva No. 1 mine (G. Montgomery, 1987, personal communication).

Calcite CaC[O.sub.3]

Calcite is the most common mineral in the fluorite district, occurring in virtually every known deposit. It is especially abundant in the veins, occurring as white to pale gray (rarely pink), opaque masses. The early rhombohedral calcite rarely forms terminated crystals and is usually intergrown and highly fractured. In these deposits, scalenohedral crystals measuring 8 to 10 cm have been found, though 2 to 5 cm is more common. Tibbs (1974) reported crystals up to 45 cm (18 inches) from the Dyers Hill mine.

In the bedding replacement deposits, early rhombohedral calcite is rare. Most calcite crystals are in the late-forming scalenohedral class. According to Lillie (1988) the Denton mine has produced the finest calcites of any orebody in the district. Many calcite associations are distinctive from specific orebodies. Annabel Lee mine calcite from the southern orebody is distinctively honey-brown in color, frequently doubly terminated, and twinned on (0001). Calcite from the Annabel Lee north orebody is pale yellow to white and of a very acute scalenohedral habit, similar (but not identical) to that found in the Minerva No. 1 mine.

One interesting specimen found by this writer is a microscopic, doubly terminated calcite in the form of a first-order prism capped by a negative rhombohedron perched on a sphere of bitumen. Calcite may be coated with barite, bitumen or (at one location on Spar Mountain) gypsum. Calcite frequently precipitates on one side of a crystal face (due to gravity or solution flow) forming a snowy appearance.

Richardson and Pinckney (1984) detailed the paragenesis of three calcite forms from the Deardorff mine.

Celestine SrS[O.sub.4]

Celestine is very uncommon in the district, having only been reported four times. The Jameson prospect, 8 miles north of Salem, Kentucky, was the first published occurrence. Hardin and Thurston (1945) reported celestine from a vein at this location. Miners found pale sky-blue, distorted, tabular crystals about 2 cm wide and 5 mm thick, They were in crystal aggregates at a depth of 30 feet. In 1972, pale blue tabular crystals up to 3 cm were reported in the Barnett mine. Crystals with chisel-shaped terminations were intergrown in flat plates 7 to 10 cm across (Lillie, 1988).

G. Montgomery (1986, personal communication) reported celestine in the Minerva No. 1 mine, occurring with strontianite and witherite from the west orebody.

The Annabel Lee mine has been the most productive source of celestine in the district. Crystals have been found in a variety of forms including doubly terminated barrel shapes, disks and crusts, with individual celestine crystals as large as 3 cm. Associated minerals include fluorite, barite, calcite and (to a lesser extent) sphalerite. Barite casts after rhombic prisms have also been found.

Cerussite PbC[O.sub.3]

Cerussite is sometimes found with galena in drusy coatings, as tiny gray or chalky white acicular or colorless tabular crystals, and as dull, earthy, compact masses. Cerussite is much more abundant than anglesite, but is still quite scarce in the district. This mineral occurs where galena has been deeply weathered, as at the Patrick lead mine and Conn's mine in Illinois and the Hickory Cane mine in Kentucky. E. A. Brecke (1989, personal communication) observed this mineral on Lead Hill and at the Patrick lead mine, where galena has altered to secondary lead minerals. Some pure white, glassy crystals were found attached to chert. Attempts to obtain matrix specimens were frustrated, as the crystals broke off with blows of the pick.

Chalcopyrite CuFe[S.sub.2]

Chalcopyrite is one of the more common sulfides, though never found in economic quantities in the district. Crystals form simple tetrahedrons on or in fluorite, and also occur as nail-shaped inclusions. Most crystals are 1 to 3 mm in length. Bastin (1931) reported a 4-pound mass occurring in white fluorite at the 250-foot level of the Hillside mine. This was an exceptionally large mass. The dumps around the Rosiclare Lead and Spar Company mill contain larger masses of chalcopyrite (as evidenced by their alteration to malachite), in fluorite and other matrix, than will be found on mine dumps in the Cave in Rock area. Selective coating of chalcopyrite on fluorite was noted at the Hillside mine. It occurs at other mines as well. Nail-shaped crystals of chalcopyrite in fluorite are common in the bedding replacement deposits. Crystals are usually oriented at right angles to the fluorite cube face, with points toward the center (Weller et al., 1952). It is frequently present as inclusions along color zone boundaries (see discussion under "Paragenesis").

Copper Cu

Copper was reported by Bain (1905) as small flakes in "Rosiclare ores" resulting from the reduction of chalcopyrite.

Cuprite [Cu.sub.2]O

Cuprite occurs as a weathering product of chalcopyrite in vein deposits. It is not conspicuous, although it frequently accompanies malachite.

Dolomite CaMg[(C[O.sub.3]).sub.2]

Dolomite has been reported fairly recently, as buff-colored, porous, sugary material, not in free crystals but as closely packed rhombohedrons and rarely as a stratified sandy material. It forms replacement alteration halos around the Minerva No. 1 and Deardorff mines and is generally ferroan (Hall and Heyl, 1968). Pearly white, rhombic crystals have been found on "low-grade" fluorite in the margins of the orebodies at Cave in Rock. Veinlets of dolomite and intergrown dolomite-fluorite-calcite have been found, apparently having formed very early in the period of mineralization (Brecke, 1962). This may be the same as the ferroan dolomite, ankerite and siderite reported by other writers, all early in the paragenetic sequence.

This writer has found minor amounts of dolomite in 1-mm pale brown crystals with sphalerite from the Annabel Lee mine.

Epsomite MgS[O.sub.4] [multiplied by] 7[H.sub.2]O

Epsomite was found by the writer as densely packed acicular crystals up to 5 mm in length coating shales in the Victory mines. It was identified by its bitter taste. Specimens removed from the mine environment quickly sublimated. This post-mining mineral has not previously been reported from the district.

Fluorite Ca[F.sub.2]

Fluorite was the primary economic ore, and the mineral of most significance to the collector. Untold thousands, perhaps millions of specimens have been removed by miners and collectors and have found their way into public and private collections around the world. Fluorite crystals are of the cubic habit, though sometimes rather distorted; elongated or flattened cubes are fairly common. Minor modifications include the tetrahexahedron on the (100) face or beveled crystal edges. Very rarely, a crystal will show etching on the (111) corner, forming an octahedral face. This modification can be easily differentiated from a cleavage face by its etched, frequently "stair-step" pattern. Bain (1905) first noted this form on fluorite.

Miners and hobbyists take advantage of the perfect octahedral cleavage on (111) to create "fluorite diamonds" or cleavage octahedrons. Bain (1905) noted cleavage octahedrons adorning local cabinets even back then. The technique was learned by this writer from a miner who recommended using a small chisel. (Nearly every candy dish in my house is filled with octahedrons of various sizes.) Chipping fluorite is dangerous (as you will quickly find out)! Cleavage chips with a "Mercedes"-pattern three-pointed star are fairly common, especially with purple fluorite.

Dissolution of fluorite gives a dull luster to the crystal face. In the extreme, dissolution may completely obliterate the original crystal form, leaving a spongy mass in its place. Fluorite showing dissolution is found throughout the district, though it is seldom sought by collectors and as a result is not seen on the market, unless with another marketable mineral (e.g. witherite).

Fluorite in the district comes in a wide variety of colors and an even greater number of hues and tints. The earliest yellow crystals are not especially common. As previously discussed, they are often etched and overgrown epitaxially with later generation(s) of fluorite. Yellow fluorite with mirror-like crystal faces is consequently very rare. Occasionally, yellow fluorite crystals can be found with a very thin overgrowth of purple fluorite. Yellow shades vary from pale to dark amber. Chalcopyrite coating yellow fluorite crystals represents the "Y2" generation of Richardson and Pinckney (1984).

Colorless or white fluorite occasionally occurs as crystals. Francis (1982) speculated that one reason it is not seen is because it is not as marketable as colored specimens, and as a result dealers do not stock it. During field collecting, this writer has very rarely seen white or colorless fluorite crystals. Lillie (1988) reports optically clear fluorite from the Crystal mine. White fluorite is more common in vein deposits.

Blue fluorite occurs widely throughout the district. Color tinting varies from very pale blue to bright blue to gray blue. Blues have been described as robin's-egg-blue (Francis, 1982) to aqua and sky-blue (from the Denton mine) by Lillie (1988).

Purple fluorite varies from very pale lavender to almost black. Multiple zoning of purple crystals is prized by collectors. Crystal sizes from 1 to 15 cm on an edge are common, though larger (30 cm) crystals are found in the most intense areas of mineralization. Those have often been shattered by explosive charges during mining.

A bit of luck and diligence has netted this writer rarer colors, including green and pink fluorite. The former was found as massive or botryoidal masses on the dumps of the Rosiclare Lead and Spar Company mill; the latter was found as a pair of 1-cm cubes on corroded galena at Conn's mine. Heyl (1983) reports that the green fluorite in the district contains some yttrium. It appears to be restricted to the breccia pipes and to the Rose mine at the foot of Hicks Dome. The green fluorite recovered by the writer was probably mined elsewhere and milled in Rosiclare.

Galena PbS

Galena occurs as cubic, cuboctahedral and octahedral crystals, and also as weathered, corroded masses. Galena in the district is slightly argentiferous, varying from 14 ounces of silver per ton at Hicks Dome to 2 or 3 ounces per ton in outlying deposits near Princeton, Kentucky. The galena at Cave in Rock contains about 6 ounces of silver per ton; Rosiclare galena typically contains twice that much.

Crystals of galena typically vary from 1 to 8 cm across, but the Annabel Lee and Denton mines have produced a few larger (30 cm) specimens. Galena associated with late-forming purple fluorite forms attractive specimens. Usually galena occurs disseminated as grains and cleavage masses with limestone, fluorite and sphalerite.

Galena has been reported in nearly every fluorite mine in the district. It tends to be less common in the larger barite deposits. The Davis-Deardorff mine contained an exceptionally large galena deposit (locally amounting to 10% of the ore), the crystals having an octahedral habit (Brecke, 1967).

Although lead was the economical ore of choice for the first 40 years of mining in the fluorite district, galena later became merely a by-product.

Greenockite CdS

Greenockite is a rare mineral in the district, occurring as a greenish yellow to orange-yellow crust on sphalerite. It also colors crystalline and botryoidal smithsonite. E. A. Brecke (1989, personal communication) observed that it can also stain calcite. Ulrich and Smith (1905) noted that its occurrence is widespread, wherever weathered sphalerite deposits are found. Despite this statement, greenockite is scarcely mentioned elsewhere in the literature. Brecke found greenockite as a film on the interior of vugs of sphalerite at the Red mine in the Empire district, Pope County, and at the Commodore mine in Kentucky. The writer has observed sphalerite with orange-yellow coatings but analyses have not been done to determine whether it is greenockite or some other alteration product.

Gypsum CaS[O.sub.4]-2[H.sub.2]O

Gypsum has been described as an uncommon mineral in the district, having only been reported in good-sized crystals in pockets in the upper levels of the Hillside mine near Rosiclare (Bastin, 1931). This writer has found gypsum in druses coating fluorite and calcite at the old Austin lead mine at Spar Mountain, and in minute orange rosettes on chert at the Hickory Cane mine dump. Not mentioned previously in the literature was replacement of limestone by gypsum. A specimen from the Minerva No. 1 dump thought to be limestone and sphalerite was found, upon treatment with muriatic acid, to be substantially gypsum. E. A. Brecke (1989, personal communication) has found large crystals in vugs in limonite at the Klondike mine, Livingston County, Kentucky, and in the Guill mine north of Salem, Kentucky. Needle-like crystals up to 4 cm were observed on the 330-foot level of the Deardorff mine, Cave in Rock.

Hemimorphite [Zn.sub.4][Si.sub.2][O.sub.7][(OH).sub.2] [multiplied by] [H.sub.2]O

Hemimorphite is a rare weathering product of sphalerite found in only a few mines in the district. Crystals occur in small, colorless, hemispherical and sheaf-like aggregates. Ulrich and Smith (1905) reported hemimorphite from the Hodge and Evening Star mines and the Clement shaft (all in Kentucky). The writer has found aggregates of hemimorphite in 1-mm clusters with cerussite on galena on the dump of the Rock shaft, Hickory Cane mine.

Hydrozincite [Zn.sub.5][(C[O.sub.3]).sub.2][(OH).sub.6]

Hydrozincite is, like hemimorphite, a weathering product of sphalerite and is very rare in the district. Ulrich and Smith (1905) report it as a white, dull, fibrous incrustation associated with smithsonite. It sometimes occurs mixed with smithsonite. Hydrozincite was only reported in sizable quantities at the Old Jim mine. It has been found sparingly at the Drescher open cut mine. This mineral probably can be found in small amounts at other zinc mines, but has not been reported from Illinois.

Kaolinite [Al.sub.2][Si.sub.2][O.sub.5][(OH).sub.4]

Kaolinite was noted by Ulrich and Smith (1905) as a white to cream-colored, very frae-grained aggregate, sometimes with a tinge of red. It has been found at the Asbridge mine and the No. 6 shaft of the Blue and Marble mine (both on the Tabb fault system) as "patches in clay adjacent to fluorite veins." It also occurs in minute particles in the red clays of other Kentucky mines. Bain (1905) reported evidence of a large body of kaolin removed from near the Pittsburg mine in Illinois. At that time the "Old Clay Pit" had been abandoned for over 50 years.

Limonite hydrous Fe oxides

Limonite is a common weathering product of decomposing marcasite and pyrite in clays and (rarely) in areas adjacent to veins, as dark brownish masses. Bastin (1931) suggests limonite is pseudomorphic after siderite because traces of rhombic form and cleavage faces persist. Limonite has been found with the barite deposits at Spar Mountain, as stalactitic forms in the Stewart and Hillside mines, and as botryoidal masses at Conn's mine. Bain (1905) mentions an early abundance of limonite which lead to the erection of the Martha iron furnace and the Illinois iron furnace. Limonite occurs intimately admixed in the Rosiclare Sandstone at the Green-Defender mines at Spar Mountain.

Malachite [Cu.sub.2]C[O.sub.3][(OH).sub.2]

Malachite forms as a weathering product of chalcopyrite, sometimes with cuprite. It commonly occurs as films or crusts and rarely as acicular sprays, and as pseudomorphs after chalcopyrite. Ulrich and Smith (1905) note an occurrence in the Wilson copper shaft (Kentucky). The writer has found malachite at many mine dumps, including the Minerva No. 1 (with azurite), the Annie L No. 45 shaft, the Henson mine (as inclusions in fluorite), Conn's mine, and in barite at Spar Mountain. Bain (1905) noted it as a greenish stain, particularly at the so-called "copper vein" near Elizabethtown. Bastin (1931) reported malachite being found sparingly in the Rosiclare area. Heyl (1989, personal communication) reports it as coatings on chalcopyrite at the Rose mine. E. A. Brecke (1989, personal communication) noted malachite in all of the shallow mines in the Cave in Rock district, especially at Lead Hill. In addition, an interesting occurrence was found in the Indiana mine. It consisted of small groups of bright green acicular crystals in vugs in vein calcite. It forms rapidly and is abundant in the parking lot of the Rosiclare Lead and Spar Company mill site.

Marcasite Fe[S.sub.2]

Early writers made little distinction between marcasite and pyrite occurrences. Weller et al. (1952) noted pyrite as being the dominant iron sulfide, whereas Brecke (1967) called marcasite more common than either pyrite or chalcopyrite. Oesterling (1952) observed quantities of marcasite with the sphalerite at the Hutson mine in Kentucky.

Two generations of marcasite have been identified. The first formed simultaneously with fluorite and is found as inclusions. The second generation formed at the end of the mineralization period and is associated with scalenohedral calcite and barite. It occurs as crusts, stalactites and as a cementing material in brecciated fluorite (Brecke, 1967). Both the Henson and Annabel Lee mines have produced beautiful wiry overgrowths and spear-shaped crystals (Lillie, 1988). Marcasite is common on the dumps of the Henson mine.

Paralstonite BaCa[(C[O.sub.3]).sub.2]

Paralstonite was reported by Robbins (1988) from the Minerva No. 1 mine. Thomas Bee (1988, personal communication) reported that the mineral had been identified by X-ray diffraction by a European mineral dealer. A specimen he provided was tested by Dr. George Lager, University of Louisville, using a Guinier X-ray diffraction camera, and its identity was confirmed. Other specimens were identified by their orange fluorescence under shortwave ultraviolet light (distinguishing it from alstonite). Paralstonite has also been found at the Annabel Lee mine, on yellow fluorite (Harvard specimen).

Pyrite Fe[S.sub.2]

Pyrite occurs as disseminated grains throughout the district. A concentration of pyrite was found replacing a 15 to 30-cm bed of limestone at the Old Jim mine, possibly directly associated with the lamprophyre dike at this exposure (Ulrich and Smith, 1905). Bastin (1931) reported pyrite at the Hillside mine, both as inclusions and as overgrowths on fluorite. In a wall of the Argo vein, Bastin reported a cavity 60 feet long, 30 feet high and 15 feet wide which was lined with pyrite of radiating structure, overlain by calcite and a second layer of pyrite. A second, larger cavity reported in the Argo mine had 1-cm-thick crusts of pyrite with calcite crystals. Fluorite was not associated in either pocket. The Fairview-Rosiclare vein dumps contained pyrite stalactites, possibly from similar cavities. Worm-like overgrowths over yellow fluorite have also been reported from the Annabel Lee mine (Lillie, 1988).

Pyromorphite [Pb.sub.5][(P[O.sub.4]).sub.3]Cl

Pyromorphile is a relatively rare weathering product of galena. It occurs in tiny to microscopic translucent green crystals, both singly and in aggregates. Ulrich and Smith (1905) noted small quantities on fluorite from the Tabor and Wheeler mines, and fluorite druses at the Kentucky No. 4 shaft. Brecke (1967) reported pyromorphite in well-developed crystals in small vugs and fractures in chert at the Patrick lead mine. He described a doubly terminated 2-mm crystal in an internal cast of a brachiopod in chert (1989, personal communication). Brecke also notes specimens from the Lacy mine, a little shaft on the south slope of Hicks Dome and near the Davenport mine in Kentucky. That specimen was found on an old dump on the main fault foot wall. The Davenport mine was very deeply oxidized; soft ground was mined to a depth of 320 feet. Pyromorphite was reported in a large sheet at Spar Mountain (Dick Atwood, 1989, personal communication). It has also been found by this writer in microscopic apple-green crystals associated with glassy cerussite crystals, corroded galena, quartz and tetrahexahedral purple fluorite from a single sandstone boulder on the dump of the Rosiclare Lead and Spar Company mill.

Quartz Si[O.sub.2]

Quartz crystals are usually very small, found in druses on wall rock and in fractures (especially where the matrix is sandstone). Forming late in the mineralization sequence, it is occasionally found coating fluorite, galena and calcite. Bastin (1931) reported crystals up to 6 mm at the Hillside mine dump. Brecke (1962) noted silicification at the Davis-Deardorff mine, in places developing a banded structure. Crystals up to 2.5 cm were found associated with pale purple fluorite, galena and sphalerite (Lillie, 1988). Highly acicular, doubly terminated quartz crystals (0.1 x 3 mm) occur as inclusions and as overgrowths on purple fluorite at Conn's mine. Crystals are abundant in the residual soil around excavated vein deposits. Quartz is not especially abundant in the district as a whole, but is significant in local concentrations.

Quartz often carries petroleum inclusions which give it a smoky color. This "smoky" quartz has been mentioned rarely in the literature. Bain (1905) described jet-black quartz; Bastin (1931) mentioned brownish quartz; Brecke (1967) noted smoky quartz from the Hill mine. The writer has collected smoky quartz from the dumps of the Minerva No. 1 and Hickory Cane mines and smoky quartz in calcite at the Rosiclare mill site. The largest crystals are about 6 mm long. In addition to the smoky color, the petroleum inclusions cause the quartz to be exceptionally fluorescent.

Siderite FeC[O.sub.3]

Unaltered siderite has never been reported from the district, but Bastin (1931) suspected it to be the progenitor of rhombic limonite pseudomorphs. (Ferroan dolomite might also have produced such pseudomorphs.) Richardson and Pinckney (1984) list it in the paragenetic sequence without discussion.

Smithsonite ZnC[O.sub.3]

Smithsonite occurred as locally common deposits early in the history of mining in the district. It is now quite rare, as virtually all known near-surface zinc deposits have been mined out.

At the Old Jim mine, smithsonite was the chief constituent of the ore, with only minor amounts of sphalerite. At the Hutson mine, a sizable deposit of sphalerite was found beneath a 50 to 75-foot-thick mantle of smithsonite. It has been reported rarely in crystals, but is generally in a massive form. Ulrich and Smith (1905) note:

Crystals are generally light colored and translucent; they are always small, found singly and in aggregates on the walls of cavities, and are usually short rhombohedral, with curved rough faces. They also occur doubly terminated, spindle-shaped, and with club-shaped terminals, frequently aggregated in masses. Reniform, botryoidal and stalactitic aggregates are more common in cavities in the more massive granular varieties.

Smithsonite replacing limestone is dark gray in color with a granular texture. Bain (1905) described it as "rusty-looking material, not unlike some of the weathered chert in appearance, but distinguished by its weight." Where greenockite occurs with smithsonite, it appears as the well-known yellow "turkey fat" variety. The most significant smithsonite deposits historically include the Old Jim, Hutson, Commodore, Mann-McDowell, Lady Farmer and Hickory Cane mines in Kentucky and the Patrick lead mine in Illinois. Bain (1905) reported smithsonite from the Empire district, though not in economic quantities. E. A. Brecke (1989, personal communication) noted smithsonite in the shallower part of the A. L. Davis mine in the Cave in Rock district. Smithsonite can still be collected at the Old Jim mine, with travertine.

Sphalerite ZnS

Sphalerite occurs throughout the district as a common sulfide. It is found in both vein-type and bedding replacement deposits. Unlike galena, sphalerite has been mined as a primary ore. In Kentucky, the Hutson mine was the largest producer. The Davis-Deardorff and the Minerva No. 1 were major producers in Illinois. Beautiful crystals up to 2 cm in size were common over the feeding faults in the Deardorff (A. V. Heyl, 1989, personal communication). In fact, during times when the demand for fluorite was low, mines concentrated on the zinc-rich areas to maintain profitability (G. Montgomery, personal communication). Despite the quantity of zinc at these two Illinois mines, sphalerite was subordinate to fluorite in relative abundance. The Old Jim and Hutson mines had only non-economic quantities of fluorite.

Sphalerite occurs as crystals and crystal aggregates in colors ranging from yellow to red to black, and also as disseminated grains. Sphalerite in the district is enriched with cadmium, germanium and traces of gallium. Fluorite and sphalerite in alternating bands were reported from the Cullen mine near Salem, Kentucky. Sphalerite crystals up to 4 cm across can be found in massive rhythmite barite on the dumps of the Minerva No. 1 mine. In fact, sphalerite can be found on many mine dumps in the district, attesting to its abundance. In the south orebody of the Annabel Lee mine, sphalerite beds form a layer resembling sandstone several feet in thickness. The sphalerite is associated with galena and dark purple fluorite. The luster of sphalerite varies from adamantine to submetallic. Richardson and Pinckney (1984) noted that sphalerite from the Deardorff mine showed internal sector zoning (not continuous banding) in cross-section. The interior of the crystals tends to be darker than the exterior layers.

Stibnite Sb[S.sub.2]

Stibnite was reported by Bain (1905) and Currier (1923) in the Fairview mine in Rosiclare. Neither actually saw the purported specimen, however, nor did they find additional specimens either in Illinois or Kentucky. Bain also mentions a specimen considered to be jamesonite from a Mr. Eilers, also from the Fairview mine. Both species remain unconfirmed.

Strontianite SrC[O.sub.3]

Strontianite is a rare mineral that has been reported from several mines in the Illinois portion of the district, including the Henson, Minerva No. 1, West Green, and West Vein mines. Crystals typically form radiating spheres or bow-ties. Colors range from white to pink and brown. Associated minerals include barite and fluorite from the Minerva No. 1 and West Green mines, stalactitic marcasite from the Henson mine, and scalenohedral calcite from the West Vein mine (Lillie, 1988).

Sulfur S

Sulfur was reported by Ulrich and Smith (1905) at the Brown and Kentucky No. 4 mines, as yellow crystals in partially weathered galena. Brecke (1967) noted occurrences of sulfur (with gypsum) in the Edgar Davis mine after the removal of [H.sub.2]S-charged water. It apparently precipitated out on the walls during low-oxygen conditions. The writer has observed very small quantities of sulfur in the Victory mines, as yellow smears consisting of minute grains, and as crystals on brown calcite in cores at the Victory mill dump.

Vaesite Ni[S.sub.2]

Vaesite was reported in microscopic grains at the W. L. Davis-Deardorff mine, with pyrite and nickeloan pyrite in the "coon-tail" ore in alternating beds of fluorite and sphalerite (Park, 1967).

Wad Mn oxides

Wad occurs in disseminated grains, scattered in clay and occasionally with barite. Ulrich and Smith (1905) noted an abundance of wad at the Givens mine in Kentucky. Analysis indicated wad from this locality contained 2% to 17% cobalt and nickel. The writer has observed wad with quartz and chalcopyrite from the dump of the Minerva No. 1 mine, and with galena at Conn's mine.

Witherite BaC[O.sub.3]

Witherite is an alteration product of barite which has been found at the Minerva No. 1, West Green, and Ozark-Mahoning No. 1 mines. Crystals are orthorhombic, but appear hexagonal due to repeated twinning on (110). Francis (1982) noted steep dipyramids as being less common than prismatic crystals, terminated by very shallow dipyramids resembling the basal pinacoid, or by cavernous hopper-like ends. Witherite may also occur as spherical or drusy (botryoidal) masses on limestone, barite, calcite and (often etched) fluorite. Crystals as large as 12 cm have been found (Lillie, 1988), but most are smaller; the color is generally gray to white, occasionally with a yellowish tinge. Witherite is strongly fluorescent under longwave ultraviolet light.


Fluorite mining is no longer taking place in the district. Up until recently there were three major operating mines, all owned by the Ozark-Mahoning Company: the Denton mine (which operated the longest), the Annabel Lee mine, and the Minerva No. 1 mine, now called Ozark-Mahoning No. 1 mine. The Ozark-Mahoning Company operated a mill in Rosiclare with much of their ore being utilized in the production of anhydrous hydrofluoric acid (Evans and Hellier, 1986).

The Henson mine, operated by Ozark-Mahoning, was closed in 1986 due to ore depletion (G. Montgomery, personal communication). Fluorite from this vein deposit was massive and typically deep purple. Compared to other mines, there were relatively few collector specimens recovered owing to the non-vuggy nature of the deposit.

For several years the Inverness Mining Company operated a drying mill at the Minerva No. 1 mine site. Fluorite was imported from South Africa and China to be processed here, until Ozark-Mahoning purchased the property.

Marathon Oil Company, a subsidiary of USX (formerly U.S. Steel Corporation) owns the Babb-Barnes mine and mill near Salem, Kentucky, including a large acreage of favorable land where core drilling has been done in recent years. Several large orebodies, not yet developed, are reported to exist there.

Other substantial drilled reserves in Kentucky are owned by Reynolds Aluminum, Armco Steel, and Ozark-Mahoning. All of these companies have conducted extensive drilling projects in recent years and own the mineral rights (G. Montgomery, personal communication).

Ozark-Mahoning Company has no plans to reopen any mines or do extensive exploration. According to Eric Livingston, Ozark-Mahoning Company geologist, China contains major vein deposits of fluorite located near the east coast that account for 70% of the world's fluorite production. Abundant ore, labor, and convenient shipping provide the lowest cost supply. Livingston compares China's reserves today to those of the United States at the beginning of this century. Currently much of the fluorite from China is sent to Mexico, where it is processed into hydrofluoric acid. Many of Mexico's mines are on "standby" because they cannot operate as cheaply as the Chinese. In addition, arsenic-bearing Mexican fluorite deposits cannot be used in hydrofluoric acid production. Look also for Brazil to be a new source of fluorite in the near future. Consequently, prospects for the resumption of significant mining in the district in the foreseeable future are not bright.

As long as mines continued to operate in the Illinois-Kentucky fluorite district, mineral collectors had an ample supply of beautiful specimens for their collections. That source appears ended. In time, however, other interesting occurrences of minerals from this area may come to light.


Two museums are or will be in operation in the Illinois-Kentucky fluorite district. The American Fluorite Museum (P.O. Box 755, Rosiclare, IL 62982/618-285-3513) is scheduled to open as this issue is going to press. Located in the administration office of the old Rosiclare Lead and Spar Company, this 2,200-square-foot facility will contain mineral specimens, mining equipment, the Ozark-Mahoning Company geology library, and historical materials relating to the miners of the district. Plans call for it to be open several days a week and by appointment. Fluorite-rich dump material may be deposited on the site for visitors to search through for specimens. Later the miners' changing room, engine room and one headframe will be refurbished. Other structures on the property will be dismantled for safety reasons, and the area will be converted to a nature preserve.

The Ben E. Clement Museum, located in Marion, Kentucky, is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is $3. The family of the late Ben E. Clement, a Kentucky fluorite mine operator, donated his personal collection of 10,000 to 15,000 mineral specimens (2,000 of which are on display). Exhibits include fluorescent Franklin, New Jersey minerals, of which Mr. Clement had about 2,000 specimens, and of course many Illinois-Kentucky specimens. Other holdings include 600 historical photographs, 3,000 mine maps and diagrams, and numerous pieces of mining and blacksmithing equipment. The museum currently occupies about 3,300 square feet but has room to expand to three times that size in the future. For more information call the County Judge (502-965-5251) or the Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce (502-965-5015), or write to the Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum, P.O. Box 391, Marion, KY 42064.


This article is the result of continuous field work in the district since 1982. At least once each year, I lead a college group on a field trip into the district. Several field trip guides have been produced (cited in the bibliography). Any geology professor interested in bringing students into the district may contact the writer on departmental stationery and I will assist in either organizing or leading a trip.


This article would not have been possible without a great deal of assistance from others. I wish to thank Don and Bob Hastie for allowing me the opportunity to closely study the Spar Mountain deposits. Assistance in both field work and in drafting this article by Mr. Gill Montgomery has been invaluable. Mr. Robert D. Trace provided additional information on the Kentucky portion of the district that would have otherwise been difficult to obtain, and also reviewed several drafts of this article. Dr. James Baxter, Geologist and Head of the Mineral Resources Group, Illinois State Geological Survey, and Dr. James Bradbury reviewed the final draft and provided additional information. Mr. Ron Yates accompanied the author into the district on numerous occasions and provided specimens for examination. Mr. Chris Anderson offered the use of his macrophotographic equipment to photograph and study many specimens. Debbie Goldstein carefully reviewed this article through development, making many improvements. Dr. William M. Sudduth, formerly with the Louisville Museum of History and Science, and now with Science Place in Dallas, supported work on this article during my curatorial duties. Allen V. Heyl and Erwin A. Brecke reviewed the manuscript and provided valuable, previously unpublished information. Eric Livingston, Ozark-Mahoning Company geologist, provided information about the Denton and No. 1 mines and also about the American Fluorite Museum. Finally, I must thank Dr. Wendell Wilson for his patience in the years of developing and preparing this article for publication, and for arranging for the superb photography by Jeffrey A. Scovil.

The author is interested in receiving further information about district occurrences not mentioned here.

Table 2. Minerals in dikes (Goldstein, 1982).

Apatite Augite Biotite Calcite Chlorite Chromite Fluorite Galena Hematite Ilmenite Leucoxene Limonite Magnetite Muscovite Olivine Orthopyroxene Pervoskite Phlogopite Pyrite Quartz Serpentine Sphalerite Titanite

Table 3. Illinois mines in the fluorite district.

Addision shaft = Victory

Aloca (*)(#)

1. Annabel Lee Annex shaft = Blue Diggings

2. Argo shaft Austin (*) = Benzon = Hastie

3. Austin (near Rosiclare) = Interstate (#)

4. Baker = Eichom (#)

5. Baldwin

6. Barnett

7. Beecher Williams Benzon (*) = Hastie = Austin

8. Berry = Sweat

9. Blue Diggings (*)(#)

10. Blue Valley shaft = Austin (near Cave in Rock)

11. Buzzards Roost shaft Carlos shaft = Victory

12. Cave in Rock (#)

13. Churchill shaft

14. Clay Diggings

15. Clement

16. Cleveland = Austin = Hastie

17. Cobb

18. Cox

19. Crabb, O.

20. Crystal (#)

21. Daisy

22. Davis, A. L.

23. Edgar Davis = Mahoning

24. Davis-Oxford = Oxford

25. W. L. Davis-Deardorff Deardorff = W. L. Davis-Deardorff

26. Defender = Green-Defender = Hastie

27. Denton

28. Dimmick

29. Douglas (#)

30. Dubois (#)

31. East Green Eichhom = Baker

32. Empire (#)

33. Eureka (#) Extension shaft = Blue Diggings

34. Fairbairn shaft

35. Fairview shaft = Blue Diggings

36. Fluorspar Products

37. Gaskins

38. Gibbons = K & R

39. Good Hope

40. Goose Creek Green = Green-Defender Green Defender = Green + Defender

41. Greene Grischy(*)

42. Hamp (#) Hastie = Austin = Benzon

43. Henson Hicks Branch = Pierce-Hicks Branch

44. Hill = Hill-Ledford

45. Hill (near Cave in Rock)

46. Hillside

47. Hoeb

48. Humm

49. Hutcheson = Rainey

50. Indiana

51. Jefferson K & R = Gibbons

52. Knight

53. Knox = Rose Creek

54. Lacey

55. Last Chance shaft

56. Lead Hill (#)

57. Lead = Austin = Hastie quarry

58. Lee

59. Lost 40

60. Mackey (#) Mahoning = Edgar Davis

61. Martin (#)

62. Miller (on Lead Hill)

63. Miller = TriState Minerva (*)

64. Minerva (#)1

65. New Baldwin

66. New Ghelia shaft

67. North Green Oxford = Davis-Oxford

68. Oxford = Oxford-West Morrison cut = Hastie

69. Ozark-Mahoning (*) (#), No. 16 shaft

70. Palmer

71. Parkinson

72. Patrick (lead)

73. Patton shaft

74. Pell

75. Pierce = Pierce- Hicks Branch

76. Preen Rainey = Hutcheson Recovery shaft = Rosiclare (too close to other shafts to be shown)

77. Red (#)

78. Reed shaft = Reid

79. Ridge

80. Robinson

81. Rock Candy Mountain

82. Rodger's = Underwood Property

83. Rose Rose Creek (*)

84. Rosiclare (*)(#)

85. Shelby

86. Sheldon

87. Slapout (#) South Boundry shaft = Rosiclare (too close to other shafts to be shown)

88. Spivey

89. Stewart shaft

90. Stewart (#) Sweat = Berry Tri-State = Miller

91. Twitchell Underwood Property = Rodger's

92. Victory (#)

93. W. L. Davis (#)2

94. Wall = Hastie

95. Webber Wood

96. West Green West Morrison = Oxford West Morrison cut

97. Williams (#) Winn-Underwood = Rodger's

(#) = More than one shaft or pit, may or may not be listed separately

(*) = Consists of other named mines on the list

Italic = Mine name of most common usage

Table 4. Kentucky mines in the fluorite district.

1. Ada Florence (#)

2. Ainsworth (barite)

3. Asbridge

4. Atlas

5. Atwood

6. Bachelor = Two Bachelors = Delhi-Babb (#)

7. Barnes

8. Beard

9. Bebout

10. Bellman

11. Belt = Ben Belt

12. Benard = Klondike = Klondyke (#)

13. Big Four(#)

14. Billy Owl

15. Blue = Blue & Marble (#)

16. Board

17. Bonanza

18. Bright

19. Brown

20. Butler

21. Butler (near Salem)

22. Carr = Ellis

23. Cartwright

24. Clement

25. Clement = Major Clemens

26. Columbia (#)

27. Commodore (#)

28. Conyer & Settles Prospect

29. Corn (#) = Givens?

30. Craighead = Craighead-Coates

31. Crook

32. Crystal (#) = Perrigen Springs

33. Cullen = Cullen-Eagle = Evening Star

34. Damron

35. Dan Riley = Riley-Eagle

36. Davenport (#) Delhi-Babb = Two Bachelors = Bachelor (#)

37. Drescher

38. Dyers Hill

39. Eagle-Babb (#)

40. Eagle-Watson = Liberty Bond = New Watson

41. Eagle-Wring = Wring

42. Eaton (#)

43. Ebbie Hodge = Ebby Hodge Ellis = Carr

44. Eva Tanguay Evening Star = Cullen-Eagle

45. F. Tyner

46. Ferrall

47. Franklin (#)

48. Fuller Givens = Corn?

49. Glass shaft

(56.) Glendale = Hickory Cane

50. Goering = Woods

51. Gray

52. Green

53. Guill (#)

54. Haffaw (#)

55. Hayshed

56. Hickory Cane = Glendale (#)

57. Hicks

58. Hodge (#)

59. Holly (#)

60. Horse Lot

61. Hutson = Hudson (#) (zinc)

62. Hulet = Pace?

63. J. Tyner

64. Jameson Prospect = May

65. Jenkins

66. KK (#)

67. Kemper (#)

68. Kentucky-Babb (#)

69. Keystone (#)

70. Kibler Hill

71. Klondike, Jr. = Mitchell shaft

72. LaRue (#)

73. Lady Farmer (zinc)

74. Lafayette (#)

75. Lanham

76. Lasher-Robinson

77. Leander White = White (#) Liberty Bond = Eagle Watson = New Watson

78. Lola

79. Lovelace = Loveless? (Ulrich & Smith, 1904; Currier, 1923)

80. Loveless = North, South Ramage Prospects? (Trace & Amos, 1984)

81. Lowery (barite)

82. Lucile

83. Macer (not shown, too close to Bebout) Major Clemens = Clement

84. Mann-McDowell (zinc)

85. Marble

86. Mary Belle (#)

87. Mary Franklin

88. Mary Helen

89. Matthews May = Jameson Prospect

90. Memphis (#)

91. Mico (barite)

92. Miller

93. Mineral Ridge (#) Mitchell shaft = Klondike, Jr.

94. Nancy Hanks (#)

95. Nannie Bell

96. New Jim

97. Nine Acres

98. Old Dad

99. Old Jim (zinc)

100. Oxley Pace, John or Luther = Hulet

101. Pasco Perrigen Springs = Crystal

102. Pigmy = Pygmy (#)

103. Pope Pope = Two Brothers = Watson, H.

104. Pogue shaft

105. Red = Redd

106. Red Fox

107. Reed shaft = Ryan (not shown, too close to Bebout)

108. Riggs shaft (not shown, too close to Bebout)

109. Riley Riley-Eagle = Dan Riley

110. Roberts & Frazier (#) (not shown, too close to F. Tyner)

111. Royal = Royal Silver

112. Senator-Meadows = Senator-Black Sulphur (#)

113. Shelby

114. Shouse

115. Standard

116. Stone

117. Sullinger = Sullenger

118. Summers

119. Suzie Beeler

120. Tabb (*)(#)

121. Tabor (#)

122. Tightwad Two Bachelors = Bachelor = Delhi-Babb

123. Two Brothers = Pope = Watson, H.

124. Tyre = Tyrie Tyner = F. Tyner or J. Tyner

125. Union (not shown, too close to Klondike, Jr.)

126. Wallace H. Hodge (not shown, too close to Mineral Ridge) Watson, H. = Two Brothers = Pope

127. Wheatcraft (not shown, too close to Tabor)

128. Wheeler White = Leander White Woods = Goering

129. Wright = Professor Wright Wring = Eagle-Wring

130. Yandell (#)

(#) = More than one shaft or pit, may or may not be listed separately

(*) = Consists of other named mines on the list

Italic = Mine name of most common usage

1 Historically the region has been most commonly referred to as the Illinois-Kentucky fluorspar district, "fluorspar" being the old miners' term for fluorite ore.


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