At the request if the Liberian Government made through the Department of State of the United States Government, a party of geologists of the Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior, was sent to Liberia to examine certain mineral deposits. The party, consisting of Walter H. Newhouse, Thomas P. Thayer, and Arthur P. Butler, Jr., left Washington, D.C., about December 1, 1943, and arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, December 12, 1943. They left Roberts Field, Liberia, May 5, 1944, and returned to Washington May 16, 1944.
The geologists left Monrovia for field work in the interior on January 9, the delay of several weeks being due to difficulties in obtaining porters. Mr. Arthur Sherman, Mining Engineer for the Liberian Government, who accompanied the party into the interior, capably participated in the examination of the iron deposits and otherwise rendered invaluable assistance sue to his extensive knowledge of the native tribes and trails.
President Tubman requested that the part first examined the iron deposits at Bomi Hills. At the close of the work there he requested that iron deposits in the Kpandemai Mountains be investigated. The party therefore left Bomi Hills on March 25 and arrived at Jordense Camp in the Kpandemai Mountain region on April 6. Four days were spent at this place examining the iron mineralization in the vicinity of Castle Rock, Sugar Loaf, and Mt. Wutivi of Kpandemai Mountains. On April 11 Kpandemai village reached. One day was spent on a long transverse into the Kpandemai Mountains to investigate the iron mineralization.
The party left Kpandemai Village April 15 and arrived at Monrovia April 27.
The iron mineralization in the portions of the Kpandemai Mountains investigated by the party is believed to be too low in grade and too small in amount to be of any present commercial interest and will not be considered further in this report.
Preliminary report on iron ore reserves at Bomi Hills, Liberia