Cracker Mine

The Cracker Mine is a silver mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 6,549 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: Cracker Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation: 6,549 Feet (1,996 Meters)

Commodity: Silver

Lat, Long: 46.32639, -112.23639

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Cracker Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Cracker Mine
Secondary: Mt. Thompson


Primary: Silver
Secondary: Lead
Secondary: Copper


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.


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Type: Unknown


Owner Name: W. E. Paget, John Macginniss
Home Office: Basin, Mt. 59631


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
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


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

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

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

Analytical Data

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Ore: Galena
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Gold
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Location): 0.25 MI E OF CATARACT CREEK. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1950)

Comment (Workings): AN ADIT (CAVED)


Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16, P. 28.

Reference (Deposit): USGS PP 428, PL. 1.

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