The French Creek Placer and Tributaries is a gold mine located in Deer Lodge county, Montana at an elevation of 6,201 feet.
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Name: French Creek Placer and Tributaries
County: Deer Lodge
Elevation: 6,201 Feet (1,890 Meters)
Lat, Long: 45.95417, -113.02222
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French Creek Placer and Tributaries MRDS details
Primary: French Creek Placer and Tributaries
County: Deer Lodge
District: French Creek District
Land ownership: State
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Owner Name: Bostana Mines Co.
Home Office: Dillon, Mt.
Years: 1950 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer Au-PGE
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1864
Discovery Year: 1864
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: French Creek Valley
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Placer Au-PGE
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene
Comment (Deposit): FORMER OPERATIONS ALSO WORKED CALIFORNIA AND OREGON CREEKS HYDRAULICLY. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Comment (Workings): GROUND HAS BEEN DREDGED AND HYDRAULIC MINED
Comment (Location): FRENCH GULCH
Comment (Development): A CONNECTED-BUCKET DREDGE OPERATED 1901-1902. AT THE SAME TIME A HYDRAULIC ELEVATOR AND THREE FLUMES WORKED GRAVEL UP THE CANYON.
Comment (Deposit): Merged data from Deposit ID10246120 (French Creek Placer )
Reference (Deposit): REYNER, M.L., 1950, DIRECTORY OF MINING PROPERTIES-1949: MONT. BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOL. MEM. 31, P. 20.
Reference (Deposit): LYDEN, C.J., 1948, GOLD PLACERS OF MONTANA: MONT. BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOL., MEMOIR 26, P. 24
Reference (Production): MBMG MEMOIR 26, P. 24.
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