This map shows all the known and identified mines, mineral prospects, and igneous intrusions (dikes or sills) in the Western Kentucky Fluorspar District, compiled from thousands of maps and files, creating an up-to-date, comprehensive catalog for the district. The district has been extensively mined for more than 120 years and was once the largest producer of fluorspar (fluorite) in the United States.
Millions of tons of vein ore minerals (fluorite, zinc, lead, and barite) has been produced from these mines, and substantial reserves still remain. New mining and exploration activity has renewed interest in the district, and the industry will benefit from the use of this new map. Historic iron ore mines are also included because of their immediate proximity to this mapped area.
Map and Chart 201
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Anderson, Warren H. and Sparks, Thomas N., "Mines and Minerals of the Western Kentucky Fluorspar District" (2012). Kentucky Geological Survey Map and Chart. 201.