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HERE IT IS! A complete county-specific index of all mines in New Mexico. This file was originally obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1995. Following closure of the U.S.B.M. in 1995, custody of the files were transferred to the U.S. Geological Survey at the Denver Federal Records Center in Denver, CO. It is not known whether these files are now being maintained by the USGS.

Categories of information included here are county, mine name (if known), type of mine, status, UTM zone, Easting, Northing, Township, Range, Section (where T,R,S are indicated), and type of commodity produced. You will occasionally see some oddball dates tucked in with the commodity produced; these refer to known periods of operation. Unfortunately, operating periods were not systematically recorded and you will have to examine original source documents to find out such information.

A few caveats. First, based on our personal experience, these county indices do not, in fact, have all of the mines that are actually out there. Prospects, in particular, do not appear to have been systematically recorded by USBM personnel. Nevertheless, they do include almost all of the major operations. Second, Los Alamos County does not appear in this list, mostly because only one mine is present. If you're really jammed up and need to know this information, e-mail me and I will send you the data. Finally, there are a proverbial potful (aka bucketload) of gravel pit operations that we were simply too lazy to edit out of the database.

THIS MATERIAL IS COPYRIGHTED 1998 BY DOS RIOS CONSULTANTS, INC.

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