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This report is a compilation of information on the metal mines of the slate belt in North Carolina. Many reports have been written describing the gold mines of the State but in none of these reports are the mines located in detail. No comprehensive report has been written since the 1948 work by Pardee and Park, and all of the older publications are out-of-print. It is one of the purposes of this report to give precise locations of as many mines as could be located and to include information from the older reports so that the information will again be available. Each mine description includes a detailed location of the deposit, a review of the history of the deposit, the condition of the deposit at the time of the field investigation and a brief description of the geology of the deposit.
Fieldwork for the project was begun by W. Richard Hahman in March, 1966, and he carried out the field investigations until September, 1969. During that time, Hahman located and described 119 mines and prospects. His fieldwork covered the counties of Alamance, Chatham, Davidson, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Randolph, Vance, and Wake. Most of the written descriptions of the deposits in those counties were taken directly from Hahman's notes. The present author completed the investigations from June, 1970 until January, 1971, during which time 76 mines and prospects were located and described. All of the mines and prospects were plotted on N. C. State Highway Commission county road maps at a scale of 1/2 inch = 1 mile. Includes map. By P.A. Carpenter, 1976, reprint 1993. 89 pages.