The White Eagle Copper/Silver mine operated in Burnet County, Texas during the first half of the 20th century. The dig site is the location of the former headframe of the underground mine about six miles west of Burnet. The numerous spoil piles located on site are full of copper minerals such as green malachite, blue azurite and red cuprite. Other minerals found there include magnetite, hematite, native copper, brochantite, chalcocite, galena, biotite, pyrite, microcline, hornblende, fluorite, quartz and calcite.
The White Eagle is an ideal site for families with children as there are no undue fall hazards or large patches of prickly pear cactus. Most of the minerals found here are very colorful and can be found within a foot of the surface. Even very young children can find their own treasure with a minimum amount of effort.
3 x 5 cm specimen of azurite/malachite. The colorful copper mineralization occurs in a matrix of milky quartz and colorless fluorite. The quartz fluoresces pale blue under SW UV while the fluorite glows a warm butterscotch yellow.
Shirley Roberts collecting at the main shaft of the White Eagle mine, near Burnet, Texas
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Brochantite from the White Eagle (from the collection of Erin Balzrette)
Azurite and Malachite on tan Fluorite