Blackbird Group

The Blackbird Group is a manganese 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: Blackbird Group  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation:

Primary Mineral: Manganese

Lat, Long: 46.36806, -112.16250

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Blackbird Group MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Blackbird Group
Secondary: Wickes-Corben
Secondary: Wickes Manganese Property


Commodity

Primary: Manganese
Secondary: Iron


Location

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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: E. R. Van Sickle
Home Office: Fort Harrison, Mt.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1885
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: R
Description: Boulder Batholith


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

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

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

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


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 19% MN, 15% FE. BOG DEPOSITS 39.7% MN. UP TO 40% MO1STURE


Materials

Ore: Psilomelane
Ore: Wad
Ore: Pyrolusite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Gypsum


Comments

Comment (Location): NEAR HEAD OF CLANCY CR. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1950)

Comment (Development): CLAIMS ARE IN 5 GROUPS OF 25 PATENTED CLAIMS: D.E.D. PROSPER, MISSING LINK, S.P.D., MAGGIE D., HELENA, F.E.R. FRAC., ANNA, BLACK ROCK #3, GLENKEG #1, PINE RIDGE, ROSALIE, DOW, ROY, BLACK ROCK #1, EDWARDS, CHIEF JOSEPH, F.F.C., GLENKEG #2, DEWEY, TELL, HENRIETTA, COL FARISH, ALBERT, WALKER. MOST DEVELOPMENT WORK HAS BEEN DONE NEAR HEAD OF CLANCY CR IN SEC 7 & 12, T7N, RS 4 & 5. FIRST STARTED FOR MN.

Comment (Deposit): 3 ORE SHOOTS, AVERAGE 33 FT IN LENGTH AND DEPTH, AND 4 FT IN THICKNESS. SURFACE TRENCHES INDICATE 2 ADDITIONAL ORE SHOOTS. 3 BOG DEPOSITS WITH A TOTAL AREA OF 1/3 AR, AND THE THICKNESS AVERAGES 2.5 FT.

Comment (Workings): 4 ADITS, 1 SHALLOW SHAFT, MANY CAVED. 1942 FBM EXPLORED AND REHABILATED THE WORKINGS AND ADDED 13 BULLDOZER CUTS TOTALING 2425 FT


References

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16, P. 53-4, 110.

Reference (Deposit): USGS PP 428, P. 75.

Reference (Production): MBMG BULL 16.


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