Ironside Mine

The Ironside Mine is a silver, lead, copper, and zinc mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 5,551 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

Mine Info

Name: Ironside Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation: 5,551 Feet (1,692 Meters)

Commodity: Silver, Lead, Copper, Zinc

Lat, Long: 45.92222, -112.04722

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Ironside Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Ironside Mine
Secondary: Ironsides


Primary: Silver
Primary: Lead
Primary: Copper
Primary: Zinc
Secondary: Gold


State: Montana
County: Jefferson
District: Whitehall (Cardwell) District

Land Status

Land ownership: Private
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.


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Year: 1950
Time Period: 1917-1950
Description: Cp_Grade: ^1.8%
Year: 1949
Time Period: 1918-1949
Description: Cp_Grade: ^12.5%


Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Bull Mountain

Mineral Deposit Model

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Name: Shale
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Shale
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Analytical Data

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Ore: Silver
Ore: Lead


Comment (Location): INFO FROM LAND.ST :1975


Reference (Deposit): LINQUIST, A, 1966 M.S, BUTTE, MT. COLL. OF MIN. SCI. AND TECH, PL 2.

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16, 1960, P. 116.

Reference (Production): MBMG BULL 16, P. 116.

Principal Gold Districts of Montana

Principal Gold Districts of Montana

In Montana, 54 mining districts have each have produced more than 10,000 ounces of gold. The largest producers are Butte, Helena, Marysville, and Virginia City, each having produced more than one million ounces. Twenty seven other districts are each credited with between 100,000 and one million ounces of gold production. Read more: Principal Gold Districts of Montana.