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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

1919: CHERRY CREEK; Mockingbird Mine, June

Verde Heritage


"Coming back to its own, may properly be the term to apply to the famous old Mockingbird gold mine, located in the Verde district, which in early days attracted more attention and caused more comment probably than any other property in this field, owing to its sensational value carried in the free. It has been consolidated with the Conger 2, and a group of seven other mines on that contact, by the incorporation of the Verde Mines & Milling Co. Operations are assured."

"This movement is filled with interest, and no doubt when it is learned in mining circles than an elaborate plan of operating is being moulded, the reviving of the Mockingbird particularly will cause general and favorable comment. The substantiated record of this unit of the Verde holdings shows a gold contact running to as high as $436 to the ton, while grab samples taken from old workings only a few days ago by H. H. Patten, a member of the new syndicate, averaged nearly $100 a ton."

"The deposit development was a 200-foot shaft, while exploration scattered along the fissure reached approximately 3,000 feet, all of a mineral determination to indicate a desirable proposition."

"The Mockingbird had a primitive milling plant installed long ago, while the mine was handled for all there was in it, which deplorable conditions caused the inevitable suspension. Modern principles of mining will now be installed."

"The new investors are to proceed at once to get the property shaped up on its merits. The tonnage ready for breaking is an essential factor to stimulate further development, while the old mill on the ground is to be increased in treatment capacity by a modern addition thereto, giving as a whole at least a 50-ton daily capacity."

"The different mineral units acquired by the Verde people and the consolidation effected under one head, has given to them what is generally considered the golden keys to unlock the door of that slope of the range, which long ago produced more abundantly the yellow metal than any other subdivision of this mineral field."

"Mr. Patten left for Boston yesterday, enthusiastic over his holdings, and returns later in the year. He also authorized work to begin, and ample funds are in the bank of this city therefor."

"Locally interested is L. N. Wombacher, who in selling regards the outlook with such optimism that he will continue to be identified with the new movement, and whose knowledge of that field, after over a quarter of a century of experience, no doubt will be material in bringing those old mines back to a stage of pronounced success."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; June 25, 1919; page 2.)

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