Silver Mines Recreation Area in Madison County, Missouri is located west of Fredericktown . It is situated along a steep river gorge of the St. Francis River. This area contains the ruins of both a 1920s silver mine and a World War II era tungsten mine. Examples of the minerals that were once mined can still be found in the abundant tailings on the south side of the St. Francis River, just downstream of a now-breached stone dam. They consist of metallic-appearing sulfides such as sphalerite, arsenopyrite, and marcasite embedded in opaque veins of quartz. Careful searchers can also find crystals of wolframite, a tungsten ore that was mined briefly during World War II when access to other sources was cut off, and small grains of topaz, which caused the earlier silver miners of the area considerable economic grief by wearing out their diamond-tipped drills more quickly than anticipated. Both highly magnetic magnetite and slightly magnetic ilmenite (titanium ore) grains can be found be found in patches of black sands left along the beach of the main swimming area.
Madison County also contains unique igneous rocks not found anywhere else, such as Devonite, a colorful decorative stone found only in a single in single igneous intrusion dike on Mount Devon.
Fredericktown is located at 37°33′34″N 90°17′40″W / 37.55944°N 90.29444°W / 37.55944; -90.29444 (37.559436, -90.294533).
Listed Below are silver mines listed for Madison County from DRC 2.0.
|19 Rows||Data exported from DRC 2.0 (c) 2009 Gary Kindel|
|APEX SILVER MINE – SHAFT NUMBER ONE||37.554722||-90.45||033 N||005 E||12|
|E P SETTLE SILVER MINE||37.387222||-90.364167||031 N||006 E||10|
|EINSTEIN MINE||37.557222||-90.4425||033 N||005 E||12|
|EINSTEIN MINE- APEX MINE||37.5575||-90.443333||033 N||005 E||14|
|EINSTEIN SILVER MINE||37.5575||-90.442778||033 N||005 E||12|
|GABRIEL SHAFT||37.561111||-90.443889||033 N||005 E||12|
|HARRY CLOVER PROPERTY||37.523611||-90.210833||033 N||008 E||30|
|HENSON SHAFT NUMBER ONE||37.5625||-90.450833||033 N||005 E||12|
|NEW DISCOVERY TUNNEL||37.558056||-90.441389||033 N||005 E||12|
|OZARK MINE||37.539722||-90.455278||033 N||005 E||14|
|REVELLE PROSPECT||37.468889||-90.276667||032 N||007 E||09|
|RIVER TUNNEL + SHAFT||37.558056||-90.441389||033 N||005 E||12|
|SETTLE MINERAL PROSPECT||37.387222||-90.364167||031 N||006 E||10|
|UNKNOWN – SILVER||37.558056||-90.441389||033 N||005 E||12|
|UNKNOWN – SILVER||37.561111||-90.443611||033 N||005 E||12|
|UNKNOWN – SILVER||37.558056||-90.444722||033 N||005 E||12|
|UNKNOWN – SILVER||37.561944||-90.441944||033 N||005 E||12|
|UNKNOWN – SILVER.TUNGSTEN||37.555||-90.448333||033 N||005 E||12|
|WOOD CHUTE TUNNEL||37.558056||-90.441389||033 N||005 E||12|