Elevation: 2,589 feet
The Gold Dust mine, formerly known as the Victor-Virgin and the Orion, is about a mile southwest of the Ben Harrison shaft.
This deposit, which was located in the early days, produced a small amount of shipping ore prior to 1907. According to local press reports, development was carried on intermittently from 1916 to 1924. Some production was made in 1923-1926 and 1932, but the total output is unknown. Early in 1934, part of the mine was being reconditioned by lessees.
Lausen gives the following description: "The general trend of the vein is northwest, and, on the Virgin Lode claim, the vein branches. The southern branch, striking nearly east-west, intersects the Pioneer vein a few hundred feet south of the Pioneer shaft. The north branch continues northwest and appears to be continuous with the southern extremity of the Midnight vein. The country rock throughout the entire length of this vein is the Oatman andesite.
At some places, the vein consists of solid quartz and calcite with a width up to 7 feet. To the northwest, the vein splits up into a series of small stringers which ramify through a zone of somewhat altered andesite over 20 feet wide. According to Ransome two ore shoots were mined, the largest having a length of 200 feet and extending from the surface to a depth of 160 feet. A small ore shoot, mined near the No.2 shaft, extended only from the surface to the 100-foot level. This ore shoot occurs up the hill to the northwest of the main shaft and at a higher elevation. The vertical range of the ore shoots as mined is approximately 500 feet. Development work from the 500-foot level of the main shaft failed to find ore bodies in depth on this vein. The ore mined consisted of greenish quartz with unreplaced remnants of calcite. Adularia is present in the specimens collected only as a microscopic constituent."
Source: Arizona Lode Gold Mines and Gold Mining, Bulletin137, Arizona Bureau of Mines. Revised 1967