Salvail Mine

The Salvail Mine is a copper, gold, and silver 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: Salvail Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson


Commodity: Copper, Gold, Silver

Lat, Long: 46.35056, -112.14389

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Salvail Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Salvail Mine
Secondary: Bernice Mine


Primary: Copper
Primary: Gold
Primary: Silver
Secondary: Lead
Secondary: Zinc
Tertiary: Antimony
Tertiary: Arsenic


State: Montana
County: Jefferson
District: Colorado (Corbin-Wickes) 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: Mason, William
Home Office: 2165 Center Dr., Butte, Mt.

Owner Name: Roger V. Pierce
Home Office: 808 New House Bldg., Salt Lake City, Ut.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1903
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

Type: L
Description: North Vein Offset 60 Ft. By Northeast-Trending Fault


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Primary Sulfides Altered To Bournonite Altered To Covellite


Name: Andesite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

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

Name: Andesite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 0.31-0.40 OZ/TON AU, 14-18 OZ/TON AG, 2.0-3.4% CU


Ore: Bournonite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Chalcocite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Galena
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Location): IN WOOD CHUTE GULCH. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1950)

Comment (Deposit): ORE HIGH IN ZINC, 2 VEINS

Comment (Workings): 2 TUNNELS, SEVERAL DRIFTS


Reference (Production): MBMG BULL 16, P. 110.

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 33, P. 13.

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 842, P. 237-8, PL. 39.

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16, P. 49, 53, 110.

Colorized Mining Photos

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