Carlson Mine

The Carlson Mine is a gold mine located in Lewis and Clark 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: Carlson Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Lewis and Clark


Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 46.42139, -112.29639

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Carlson Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Carlson Mine


Primary: Gold


State: Montana
County: Lewis and Clark
District: Rimini 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.


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Type: Underground


Owner Name: John Carlson


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


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

Mineral Deposit Model

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Type: R
Description: Boulder Batholith


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Silicified


Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Analytical Data

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Ore: Gold


Comment (Location): ABOUT 0.5 MI NE OF PAUPER MT. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1954)

Comment (Workings): SHAFTS AND TUNNELS

Comment (Location): Political location in record is Lewis and Clark county. However, lat/long falls a few meters inside adjacent Jefferson county. Relative position description 1/4 MI. W OF PAUPERS DREAM MINE places it in Lewis and Clark county. This description conflicts with location comment ABOUT 0.5 MI NE OF PAUPER MT, which places it much further NE and even farther into Lewis and Clark county, half way to the Porphyry Dike mine. Also conflicting is the location of a duplicate record, 10221776, which lies in Jefferson county, due west of the Basin Creek mine, SE of Paupers Mtn, very close to the peak. The county boundary in the topo map differs significantly from GE and County100 coverage. In view of conflicting evidence and the proximity to the county line, coordinates were left in Jefferson county, and Jefferson county was added to the record and promoted to first place. Original coordinates were unchanged at: lat/long NAD27 46-25-17N 112-17-47W (46.42139 -112.29639); UTM N E Z; PLSS line# 1: Meridian- Montana Principal, TWNSHP 008N, RNG 006W, Sect 25, Sect_fract NE OF NW.


Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 842, P. 261.

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 1151, PL. 1.

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.