Goodsprings District- Fredrickson Mine
AKA: Yellow Pine Mining District
The Fredrickson Mine was discovered by Jesse Jones in 1897. It may have been called the "Idona" in the early days. No real production took place at this mine until 1909. After 1909, it appears that ownership or leasing changed hands several times. Patera stated that it was operated by Hahn & Ferguson in 1910. In 1914, he stated that the mine was owned by William Fredrickson. It is likely that the mine obtained the Fredrickson name at that time. At some point prior to, or at the beginning of World War I, dry concentrating plants were built around the Goodsprings District. One was built at the Fredrickson Mine in 1915. The purpose was to treat Zinc-Lead ores that were thought to contain copper or silver. It was claimed that they worked "fairly satisfactory", but not as efficient as other wet concentrating methods. USGS listed the Goodsprings Dividend Mining Co. as the owner in 1917. They also stated that from 1917 forward, the mine was leased several times. The following is an excerpt from a USGS Report: "Extensive workings with many stopes. Stopes can be divided into 3 types. Stopes above second level yielded lead bearing hydrozincite. Stopes above 3rd level yielded silver. Stopes above 4th level yielded lead, with vanadium and cinnibar." Primary commodities at this mine included Zinc, Lead, Gold and Silver. Secondary and Tertiary commodities included Copper, Vanadium and Mercury. Total production between 1909 and 1926 included: 280 tons of zinc, 103 tons of lead, 1,209 ounces of gold, 5,615 ounces of silver, 3,741 pounds of copper, and a small amount of vanadium ore. The mine appears to have ceased operation after 1926.
Last Trip/ Road Conditions: I've been here several times. I believe that the last trip was in 2015. The main road through the district is really good. The spur roads that lead to the different mines can vary though. I don't remember the spur road to the Fredrickson being bad. It will be up to you to decide if you go.
Sources: Mines of Clark County (By: William O. Vanderburg); Goodsprings Nevada (By: Alan H. Patera); USGS MRDS Reports- 10098675 Fredrickson Mine; 10124847 Fredrickson Mine.