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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  04-Aug-2020 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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Name VERA (L.4283), JOSIE (L.4284), ALBERTA (L.4285) Mining Division Revelstoke, Slocan
BCGS Map 082K073
Status Showing NTS Map 082K14W
Latitude 050º 46' 16'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 117º 26' 39'' Northing 5624466
Easting 468680
Commodities Lead Deposit Types I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Kootenay, Ancestral North America
Capsule Geology

The Vera group of former Crown grants is located between Ferguson and Galena creeks, between 1 and 2 kilometres up from their confluence. Besides the Vera, the group consisted of the Josie, adjacent the Vera on its northwest, and the Alberta, adjacent the Vera on its southeast. The Rob Roy (082KNW201), not part of the group, was to the immediate southwest of the Alberta boundary.

There are five major bands of limestone in the area which are known locally as the Black Warrior, Silver Leaf, Ellsmere Ledge, Horne Ledge and Surprise limestone. The Black Warrior was mapped by the Geological Survey of Canada as the Badshot Formation. It is now thought that all these bands are part of the Lower Cambrian Badshot Formation, repeated by folding. These bands are interlayered with schist and phyllites of the Cambrian to Devonian Index Formation, Lardeau Group.

The Vera group lies along the trend of the Horne ledge which stretches for several kilometres and contains several documented mineral prospects to the southeast, such as the Centre Star (082KNW200) and Horne (082KNW210). At some of these neighboring locals, the character of the ledge mineralization is reported to be almost impossible to determine due to the heavy oxidation and leaching of the mineralized zone. Only at certain localities did the outcrop show visible mineralization. Where observed, the mineralization appeared as massive galena with sphalerite and minor pyrite, pyrrhotite and trace amounts of chalcopyrite.

By 1898, a crosscut had been developed on the Vera for 55 metres. Two veins were traced on the surface, running parallel to one another about 30 metres apart. The first vein was intersected by the crosscut at 36 metres and found to be 1.2 metres wide consisting of quartz, iron pyrites and a small seam of galena. The crosscut was to be pushed through another 7.6 metres, where it was expected to cut a larger vein.

The Commonwealth Mining and Development Company, which owned the properties did not follow up on the development as was expected. The only work done on the group during 1899 were unspecified surveys.

The area was largely inactive until the 1980s when a number of the old workings came into the possession of Jack and Eric Denny, through purchase or staking. Golden Range Resources Inc. held the Horne claim under option in 1987, which would have contained most of the defunct Vera group claims. The company took 9 rock samples and conducted a mapping program. Field investigation failed to locate the old workings or any area of mineralization.

During 2006 through 2009, Mineral Mountain Resources Ltd. completed programs of prospecting, geochemical (soil, silt, talus fines and rock) sampling and an airborne geophysical survey on the area as the Kootenay Arc property.

EMPR AR 1897-545,550; 1898-1070; 1899-683; 1901-1222,1225,1227
EMPR ASS RPT 11979, 14063, *16643, 17651, 18844, 18845, *22917
EMPR EXPL 1985-C82; 1987-C84; 1989-C49
GSC OPEN FILE 288; 432
Fingler, J. (2010-01-25): Technical Report on the Kootenay Arc Property