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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  27-Nov-2014 by Laura deGroot (LDG)

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Name PINTO, PINTO (L.3240), CAG 1-6, PI 1-3, SANDY, LOIN, FRANKLIN CAMP Mining Division Greenwood
BCGS Map 082E059
Status Showing NTS Map 082E09W
Latitude 049º 35' 27'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 118º 21' 28'' Northing 5494025
Easting 401870
Commodities Gold, Silver, Copper Deposit Types L02 : Porphyry-related Au
L04 : Porphyry Cu +/- Mo +/- Au
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Plutonic Rocks
Capsule Geology

The PINTO showing is located on the west side of Tenderloin Mountain, approximately 1.7 kilometres southwest of the summit.

The showing occurs in an unnamed Middle Jurassic granodiorite intrusion. A cover of Eocene Marron Formation (Penticton Group) volcanic rocks outcrop several hundred metres to the east.

Mineralization on the property consists of pyrite and chalcopyrite in fractures and in weakly developed quartz stockworks. In several places chlorite and sericite alteration, forming vein envelopes, is noted.

The earliest record of the PINTO is a 1901 Minister of Mines Annual Report which describes a 6-metre deep shaft on the property. In 1907, the property was Crown granted, as Lot 3240, to Thomas Newby. There are no records of exploration on the property during the early 1900s, but old trenches on the property are believed to date from that era.

The PINTO property was staked in 1970 after a copper anomaly was discovered in the stream sediments of Pinto Creek. A soil sampling survey, consisting of 1200 samples, and an electromagnetic survey over 40 line-kilometres was carried out by West Coast Mining & Exploration in 1970. Some copper anomalies were found in soils near old workings close to the head of Pinto creek. The electromagnetic survey was unsuccessful in locating any significant conductors.

In 1976, John May prospected the SANDY claim, which covered the PINTO showing. He found fracture controlled chalcopyrite and pyrite mineralization exposed in 14 of 18 old trenches.

In 1983, Noranda Exploration Company Limited carried out geological mapping and geochemical surveys on the PI 1-3 claims. Three silt samples containing anomalous copper values were collected from the headwaters of Pinto Creek. Several soil samples near Gloucester Creek also contained anomalous copper, although no contiguous trend was apparent. The geological mapping located a silicified shear zone, measuring 0.5 metre by 4 metres long and containing less than 1 per cent pyrite and chalcopyrite (Assessment Report 12254).

In 1989, INCO Limited carried out a program of reconnaissance geological mapping, and soil, silt and rock sampling. Near the head of Pinto Creek, an area of weakly anomalous gold geochemistry in soils was found that measured approximately 200 metres by 75 metres. Old workings in the vicinity include a shallow adit and several open cuts. To the west of Pinto Creek, a small stockwork of quartz-pyrite- chalcopyrite mineralization is exposed. A grab sample assayed 6.829 grams per tonne gold, 6.9 grams per tonne silver and 0.0451 per cent copper, and a chip sample across the 1-metre width of the stockwork assayed 4.6 grams per tonne gold (Assessment Report 19385).

EMPR AR 1901-1066; 1907-219; 1914-353
EMPR ASS RPT 2952, 6221, *12254, *19385
EMPR EXPL 1977-E29; 1983-47
EMPR GEM 1970-434
EMPR OF 1994-8
EMPR PF (See General PF - Franklin Mining Camp File; Prospectors Report 2001-6 by Barb
GSC MAP 6-1957; 1701A; 1712A; 1713A; 1714A; 1736A
GSC MEM 56, p.155
GSC OF 409; 736; 1969