History of the Warren Mining District

The Arizona Geological Survey has just released a new report “History of the Warren (Bisbee) Mining District” located near the town of Bisbee in Southern Arizona. The author is economic geologist David Briggs who is also a contributor to ADI. This well-illustrated,10-page report may be downloaded as a free PDF file (7.7Mb): http://repository.azgs.az.gov/sites/default/files/dlio/files/nid1648/cr-15-b_v1.0.pdf

Over the life of the Warren mining district (1880-2013), 3,961,479 tons of copper, 162,128 tons of lead, 177,524 tons of zinc, 14,000 tons of manganese, 2,792,000 ounces of gold and 102,215,000 ounces of silver were recovered from the area’s mines. It was Arizona’s seventh largest copper producer, top producer of lead, second largest producer of zinc, fourth largest manganese producer, largest gold producer and second largest silver producer.

Citation: Briggs, D. F., 2015, “History of the Warren (Bisbee) Mining District, Arizona Geological Survey, Contributed Report CR-15-B.

2 Comments

  1. The Warren district is not “mined out” yet. As Briggs reports, the hill north of the Lavender pit contains a near-surface resource of 280 million tons grading 0.46% leachable copper. In the 1990s, I was involved in exploration in the Bisbee area which found more copper resources south of the Lavender pit.

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