Red Rose Mine
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HighlightsThe Red Rose mine, located in the prolific Rocher Deboule mining camp, is a past tungsten-gold-silver-copper producer. Between 1942 and 1954, over one million kilograms of tungsten (2.2 million lbs) were recovered from Red Rose, with copper, gold and silver by-products. The mine closed in 1954 due to a drop in tungsten demand, with significant ore remaining.
Significant historical gold results from Adit 1 include:
Location & AccessThe Red Rose consists of 15 crown grants on the west side of the Rocher Deboule range, 13 kilometres (8 miles) south of New Hazelton. The Red Rose mine itself is accessed from the provincial highway from Hazelton, and then by gravel road up to the main camp and mill. When the mine was operational, a surface-track connected the camp and lower adit, and a gravity aerial tram 1597 m (5240') long connected the mine and mill.
Mineralization at the Red Rose is related to the Rocher Deboule intrusion, a granodioritic pluton which intruded siltstone and argillite of the Bowser Lake Group. Click Rocher Deboule Geology Map to view a larger version of thumbnail map. The property was initially worked for rich gold showings in the valley.
The Red Rose was primarily mined for tungsten, with an average scheelite grade of 1.5% CaWO4. Mineralization occurs in a vein which fills the Red Rose shear zone (Minfile 093M 067). The vein is composed mostly of quartz with lesser amounts scheelite (the tungsten ore), with accessory gold, silver, copper, and molybdenum. For more information, please visit our Detailed Geology section, or read Geology of the Rocher Deboule Range.
TungstenTungsten is a metal used for its unique physical properties in special, tough alloys in steel, and corrosion-resistant, high-hardness products such as drill bits etc. Tungsten is now in increasing demand and valued at over US$22 per kg (US$10 per pound), roughly double its price when the Red Rose mine closed. The Red Rose is still a highly prospective tungsten target today. More information on tungsten can be found at www.itia.org.uk, and in NRC 2005 Tungsten.
ProductionThe Red Rose Mine was strategically important as a tungsten producer (1942-43) during World War II, and also from 1952 to 1954. It has extensive underground workings, including 12 levels and sub levels, multiples raises and 4 access adits. Click Red Rose Mine plan and section to view larger mine plan and section.
Over a five period, Red Rose produced over 1,002,500 kg of tungsten (2,210,100 lbs) with some copper, gold and silver as by-products. For illustrative purposes, the value of the reported ore would be over C$24,000,000 at current prices (May 2010). For more information, please see Red Rose Mine Summary section.
ConclusionThe Rocher Deboule area is geologically significant, with many past-producing mines and showings, producing tungsten, gold, silver, copper, zinc, cobalt, molybdenum and lead. At the Red Rose, high gold values encountered in the shear zone reach as much as 2 ounces per tonne (1.86 troy oz/ton) over short intervals.
As discovered during Freeport's last drilling program, the Red Rose vein is known to extend at least 100 metres (328') below the lowest level of the mine. The Red Rose Mine should be re-evaluated not only for tungsten, but especially gold and also base metals. As stated by A. Sutherland Brown, a recognized authority on Rocher Deboule, "Possibilities for developing additional ore in the Red Rose Shear cannot be ignored." (Bulletin 43, 1960)