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The collection has important historical, environmental, and economic information for the region. Covering the time period from the s through the s, the maps provide detailed locations of mine shafts and drilling activities in the area.
Maps are divided by section number, state and mine names. How to Use This Collection This collection is searchable by a variety of fields. Local field is the equivalent of a call number and allows staff at the Spiva Library to assist researchers in locating the physical map The Township, Range and Section fields each provide the abbreviations and numbers used to identify the geographic area.
The Title field primarily contains company and mine names, although it occasionally has more descriptive content. Alternative field is not available for all maps. When available, it provides additional information on company names, locations, surveys, or districts. The Summary field indicates the type of information on the map, such as drill hole or shaft locationlot numberor location of workings.
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The Legal Description field has the plat locations designated in section-township-range format. Barite was produced in the early s and mid s U. Bureau of Mines, with the last known production during the early s. Lead was produced as a by-product of barite production. Ores mined in the Cross Timbers area was hauled to Warsaw or Linn Creek for processing, while ores mined near Hermitage were taken to Collins to be processed Winslow, a, b; State Mine Inspector, Lack of rail and other shipping facilities slowed development in this area Winslow, b; State Mine Inspector, Byconstruction had begun on a mill at Pittsburg, in the southeast part of Hickory County State Mine Inspector, Early production was as noted above.
Later production would have involved mechanical stripping of surface materials and drilling and blasting of bedrock material. Material would have been processed through a mill or washer if barite for separation from waste rock. Waste material would have been piled near the mine site. Mill tailings would have been impounded or dumped near the mill site.