Iron King Mine

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The Iron King Mine is a former iron mine located in the located in the Jackson Mountains Mining District[1] at 41° 18' 36" north 118° 25' 23" west[2]

The deposit has been known since at least 1886: "At Humboldt station Mr. C. S. Wright the proprietor of the Humboldt House gave me a large specimen of a magnetic ore which he told me was found in the Jackson mountains about 40 miles northwest of Humboldt where a vein of ore 15 feet wide can be traced for several thousand feet. Chippings from the specimen contained:

  • Metallic Iron 66.75
  • Phosphorus 0.820
  • Phosphorus in 100 parts iron 0.470

"The ore is a massive magnetite free from pyrite but containing numerous long whitish crystals of apatite[3]"

The mine was held by the DeLong Brothers and leased by W. G. Austin and Tom Beko[4], who started mining in 1952. By the end of 1960, 664,403 tons of iron ore were mined [5].

The ore was transported to Jungo[1].

In 1959, the mine was operated by a partnership between Austin and George DeLaMare. The mine was reported to have closed in 1967.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ronald Willden, "General Geology of the Jackson Mountains Humboldt County, Nevada," Geological Survey Bulletin 1141-D, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1963
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  3. Raphael Pumpelly, "Report on the mining industries of the United States (exclusive of the precious metals)," p. 493, U.S. Department of the Interior, Census Office, 1886.
  4. Mineral and water resources of Nevada," Nevada Bureau of Mines, 1964.
  5. "H.F. Bonham, Jr., L.J. Garside, R.B. Jones, K.G. Papke, J.Quade, and J.V. Tingle, "OF1985-03: A mineral inventory of the Paradise-Denio -- and Sonoma-Gerlach Resource Areas, Winnemucca District, Nevada," Jackson Mountains District, p. 72, 1985.
  6. Jackson Mt. Mine Will Close," January 7, 1967.

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