Minerals of the Chickering Mine, Walpole, NH                                              Return to mindatnh front page.
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CHICKERING MINE Entrance    Nov. 2011
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CHICKERING MINE     Nov. 2011    Photo: CHK_4    [tm]           One foot high canvas bucket in foreground for scale.
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Beryl Resources of New Hampshire Plate 3
Chickering Mine study group: Principals: Tom Mortimer (web author), Bob Wilken, Bob Janules.    Contributors: Peter Cristofono, Anna Wilken, Jim Nizamoff
Site content status:    276 mineral photos (58 listed species)   3 site photos/documents   43 mineral analyses
Links to on-line literature references:  Click here

  Click on link for Chickering Mine species photos page.       Another Chickering Mine photo gallery is here (37 more specimen photos).
Phosphates            
Apatite-(CaF) Augelite Autunite Beraunite Beryllonite Brazilianite Childrenite  
Ferrisicklerite Frondelite Gormanite Goyazite Greifensteinite Hematite?  
Heterosite Hureaulite Jahnsite Laueite Ludlamite Messelite  
Metavivianite Mitridatite Montebrasite Moraesite Paravauxite Rockbridgeite  
Strunzite Triphylite Vivianite Wardite Whiteite Whitmoreite  
 
Carbonates            
Rhodochrosite Rutherfordine Siderite        
 
Sulfides            
Arsenopyrite Bornite ? Lollingite Pyrite Pyrrhotite Sphalerite  
 
Sulfates/Arsenates            
Scorodite Gypsum          
 
Oxides            
Cassiterite Columbite-(Mn) Goethite Uraninite      
 
Silicates            
Albite Beryl Elbaite Lepidolite Microcline Muscovite  
Opal var hyalite Quartz Schorl Spodumene Zircon    
 
Native Elements            
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Unknowns            
UK_BJ1 UK_TM1 UK_AW1 UK_PC11 UK_TM5 UK_AW2  
UK_BW5 UK_TM3 UK_BW8 UK_BJ1a      


REFERENCES: (click on links to view reports)
Hess, Frank (1943) Rare Alkalis in New England (U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Mines)
[pc] Hess reports an analysis of a Chickering microcline specimen found to contain appreciable amounts of lithium, cesium, and especially rubidium oxides; He also reports an analysis of microcline from the Damasiak Quarry in Walpole.
Not too much else about Chickering except that the red-altered spodumene could be pinite. Very interesting article, in any case - lots of good locality info on MA and Maine spodumene pegmatites especially.

History_of_the_Hoge_Base2
Bob Wilken uncovered this history of the Boy Scout ownership to the mine property. Bob notes: "As suspected, it [the scout history] is not particularly useful. I didn't know that Pierre Hoge was the name of the landowner that bequeathed the property to the scouts. It also confirms our recollection that it was bulldozed in '95. I don't think it was true that they blasted any of the wall to help fill the pit because they were fully moss-covered after the bulldozing. Whether they blasted the front lip of the pit is another matter but I doubt that too because there was plenty of material as fill. Otherwise the report is more of a handbook for kids looking to do a merit badge."

Leonard R. Frost Report
Researched by Bob Wilken from the Concord Public Library:
The booklet consisted of reports on some thirty mines around the state. Many consisted of just a part page as the one here. A few such as Beryl Mtn and Turner were a good full page and a bit more.
Bibliographical info for the publication is as follows:
Mine Survey Report to the New Hampshire State Planning Board.
June 28, 1934  by Leonard R. Frost  NH State Planning Board, Concord, 1934, Page 7

Martha MacDanolds Frizzell's History of Walpole, NH   page 1 ,    page 2 ,   page 3

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