Butte Mine

The Butte Mine is a lead and silver mine located in Salt Lake county, Utah at an elevation of 9,941 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: Butte Mine  

State:  Utah

County:  Salt Lake

Elevation: 9,941 Feet (3,030 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Lead, Silver

Lat, Long: 40.59972, -111.60806

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Butte Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Butte Mine
Secondary: Butte Tunnel
Secondary: Bute Tunnel
Secondary: Michigan-Utah Mine


Commodity

Primary: Lead
Primary: Silver
Secondary: Manganese
Secondary: Copper
Tertiary: Gold
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Molybdenum


Location

State: Utah
County: Salt Lake
District: Big Cottonwood 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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Not available


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1870
Year Last Production: 1880
Discovery Year: 1869
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Middle Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Wasatch Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: TABULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Uinta-Cottonwood Arch, Cordilleran Hinge Line, Sevier Overthrust Belt

Type: L
Description: Grizzly Thrust Fault, Northeast Striking Fissure


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Bleaching, Calc-Silicates, Minor Silicification, Oxidation


Rocks

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Oligocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: DOMINANTLY A AG AND PB PRODUCER


Materials

Ore: Anglesite
Ore: Malachite
Ore: Smithsonite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Wad
Ore: Wulfenite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Calcite


Comments

Comment (Development): BUTTE TUNNEL IS THE EARLIEST WORKINGS ON MICHIGAN-UTAH GROUND. BUTTE TUNNEL DEVELOPMENT FOLLOWED BY BLACK BESS WORKINGS AND LATER BY CITY ROCKS AND TOPEKA TUNNELS.

Comment (Deposit): FISSURE IS SAME AS THAT FOLLOWED BY BLACK BESS WORKINGS AND IS SUBPARALLEL TO AND VERY CLOSE TO CITY ROCKS FISSURE. BUTTE OREBODIES CONS ISTED OF 8 TO 10 LENTICULAR PODS ON THE FOOTWALL

Comment (Workings): WORKINGS ARE ALL ADITS AND DRIFTS. BUTTE WORKINGS CONNECTED TO BLACK BESS MINE TO NORTHEAST AND CITY ROCKS AND TOPEKA TUNNELS TO SOUTHWEST

Comment (Geology): MINE LOCATED CLOSE TO ALTA STOCK AND HOSTING LIMESTONES SHOW BLEACHING AND CONTACT METAMORPHIC AND METASOMATIC EFFECTS. PRODUCTION COMES FROM FISSURES CUTTING THESE ROCKS.

Comment (Production): AN ESTIMATED $27,000 WORTH OF ORE REMOVED PRIOR TO 1880

Comment (Location): INFO FROM LAND.ST :1983


References

Reference (Deposit): JAMES, L.P., 1979, GEOLOGY, ORE DEPOSITS, AND HISTORY OF THE BIG COTTONWOOD MINING DISTRICT, SALT LAKE COUNTY, UTAH: U.G.M.S. BULL. NO. 114.

Reference (Deposit): CALKINS, F.C., AND BUTLER, B.S., 1943, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE COTTONWOOD-AMERICAN FORK AREA, UTAH: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROF. PAPER, NO. 201.

Reference (Deposit): BUTLER, B.S., LOUGHLIN, G.F., HEIKES, V.C., AND OTHERS, 1920, THE ORE DEPOSITS OF UTAH: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROF. PAPER, NO. 111.

Reference (Deposit): BAKER, A.A., CALKINS, F.C., CRITTENDEN, M.D., JR., AND BROMFIELD, C.S., 1966, GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE BRIGHTON QUADRANGLE, UTAH: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY GEOL. QUAD. MAP GQ-534

Reference (Production): JAMES, L.P., 1979