Aurora Mine

The Aurora Mine is a silver, lead, and zinc mine located in Jefferson county, Montana.

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: Aurora Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation:

Primary Mineral: Silver, Lead, Zinc

Lat, Long: 46.30194, -112.30889

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Aurora Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Aurora Mine


Commodity

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


Location

State: Montana
County: Jefferson
District: Basin (Cataract, Comet) District


Land Status

Land ownership: National Forest
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

Owner Name: Matt Koppa
Home Office: Basin, Mt.

Owner Name: John G. Wall
Home Office: 1223 W. Granite St., Butte, Mt.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year Last Production: 1955
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

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


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Type: L
Description: Fault Zone Trending N 80 W, And Dips 70 N


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Galena
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Gold
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Proustite
Gangue: Boulangerite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Workings): FIVE ADITS, THREE EAST OF BASIN CREEK AND TWO WEST. UPPER WEST SIDE ADIT PRODUCED MOST ORE

Comment (Location): 5.0KM NW OF BASIN ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1954)

Comment (Deposit): VEIN IS OFFSET BY NUMEROUS N-TRENDING TRANSVERSE FAULTS OF SMALL DISPLACEMENT.


References

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 30, P. 22.

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 10, P. 24.

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16, P. 23-4.

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 1151, P. 98


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Drumlummon Mine at Marysville, Montana late 1880s

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