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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  25-Jun-2013 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 092B12 Cu1
Name KING SOLOMON (L.17G), LEE'S WORKINGS, KOKSILAH Mining Division Victoria
BCGS Map 092B062
Status Past Producer NTS Map 092B12E
Latitude 048º 40' 42'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 123º 42' 01'' Northing 5391935
Easting 448451
Commodities Copper, Silver, Zinc Deposit Types K01 : Cu skarn
K02 : Pb-Zn skarn
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The King Solomon past-producer is located north of the Koksilah River, near Hunes Creek.

The area is underlain predominantly by bedded chert and cherty basaltic tuffs of the Mississippian to Pennsylvanian Fourth Lake Formation (formerly the Sediment-Sill Unit of Muller), Buttle Lake Group. These are overlain by limestone, bedded chert and cherty tuff of the Upper Pennsylvanian to Lower Permian Mount Mark Formation, Buttle Lake Group (formerly the Buttle Lake Formation). Between the Mount Mark and Fourth Lake formations, and above the Mount Mark Formation, are packages of mainly basaltic rock, of unknown affinity. These Paleozoic rocks are intruded by numerous dykes of feldspar- porphyritic dacite and rhyolite and part of the granodioritic "Koksilah" stock of the Early to Middle Jurassic Island Plutonic Suite (formerly called Island Intrusions).

The Upper King Solomon mine workings (Lee's upper workings) consist of an inclined shaft (55 degrees northeast) which connects to a 24 metre long adit driven from the south. Mineralization is reported to consist of pyrite and chalcopyrite occurring in fractures in chert and marble, and disseminated in the marble, forming 15 per cent of the rock within the mineralized zone. The interbedded chert and marble occur within the Mount Mark Formation. It is complexly folded and faulted, but may dip from 40 to 60 degrees to the northeast overall. A trench leading to the portal of the adit exposes intrusive rock in complex contact with chert to the northeast. The intrusive consists of grey, feldspar-mafic porphyritic dacite. The cut exposes complexly interlayered, shattered, faulted and weathered epidote skarn. The epidote occurs in layers up to 1.5 metres thick.

The Middle King Solomon mine workings (Lee's lower workings), located 150 metres northwest of the upper workings, consist of an adit driven easterly 34 metres and several cuts into a gossanous outcrop. The mineralization is found as a massive sulphide replacement occupying a shear zone; the adit is driven through the 6.1 metre thick sulphide body that strikes 030 degrees and dips 35 degrees to the southeast. The north wall of a trench leading to the portal cuts through intrusive rock consisting of altered rhyolite. The mineralization occurs at or near the base of the Mount Mark Formation in a succession of very strongly fractured, faulted and folded, bedded cherty basaltic tuffs, chert, interbedded limestone and interlayered skarn. The tuff is strongly epidote altered. Pyrrhotite is the most abundant sulphide and occupies the centre of the zone with an increase in pyrite toward the upper and lower boundaries. Chalcopyrite is found only in small amounts, apparently in greatest abundance near the footwall. Pyrite occurs as replacements in the country rock away from the ore zone. The gangue in the ore zone generally consists of dark, silicified gouge.

Some reports also record the presence of magnetite, minor sphalerite, galena and some tetrahedrite, associated with garnet- epidote-diopside skarn.

The King Solomon claim was originally staked in 1902. Production, reported for the years 1904, 1905 and 1907, totalled 254 tonnes of ore, from which 6,345 ounces of silver and 17,974 kilograms of copper were recovered (Mineral Policy data). In 1912 and 1913, production totalled 275 tonnes of ore grading 5 per cent copper was shipped (Assessment Report 13997).

From 1956 through 1960, Cellardor Mines completed programs of geological mapping, a self potential geophysical survey, trenching and 34 diamond drill holes, totalling 1446.9 metres, in the area. The old workings were dewatered and the lower adit was extended for more than 120 metres. Reserves of the King Solomon orebodies were estimated at 226,800 tonnes of 1.4 per cent copper or 286,700 tons of 0.83 per cent copper (Assessment Report 13997).

In 1983 through 1985, Reward Resources completed programs of prospecting, geochemical sampling and ground geophysical surveys on the Independence, Koksilah, Pacific Star and Western mineral claims. In 1986, Hollycroft and Nexus resources completed a program of geological mapping and rock sampling on the Sil claims.

EMPR AR 1904-253; 1905-216; 1907-155; 1908-164; 1909-278; 1916-312;
1923-272; 1928-363; 1959-140; 1960-116
EMPR ASS RPT 11446, *13997, 15218, 15219
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 81-91
EMPR OF 1988-8
EMPR PF (Detailed Data on the Copper Property Known as the King
Solomon Mines, author unknown, circa 1920 to 1930; *Report on the
King Solomon Mines by H.G. Humes, Jan.2, 1932; Preliminary Report
on the Kinsol Group by McDougall, B.W.W., 1956; Diamond Drill
Hole Records, 1956; Various geological, geophysical, plan and
survey maps of the King Solomon property, late 1950's; Cellardor
Mines Ltd. report by D.C. Malcolm, undated; Prospectus by
Cellardor Mines Ltd., February 1960; map with workings locations,
GSC MAP 42A; 1386A; 1553A
GSC MEM 13; *96, p. 372
GSC P 72-44; 75-1A, p. 23; 79-30
Carson, D.J.T. (1968): Metallogenic Study of Vancouver Island with
Emphasis on the Relationship of Plutonic Rocks and Mineral
Deposits, Ph.D. Thesis, Carleton University
*Kirkham, R.V. (1960): The Geology of the King Solomon and Bluebell
Claims of the Cellardor Mines Ltd., Unpublished B.Sc. Thesis,
University of British Columbia