Surprise Mine

The Surprise Mine is a gold, silver, lead, copper, and zinc mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 5,679 feet.

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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: Surprise Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation: 5,679 Feet (1,731 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver, Lead, Copper, Zinc

Lat, Long: 45.91889, -112.03361

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Surprise Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Surprise Mine
Secondary: Olson's Surprise


Commodity

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


Location

State: Montana
County: Jefferson
District: Whitehall (Cardwell) District


Land Status

Land ownership: Federal
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

Not available


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1930
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

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


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Type: R
Description: West Bull Mtn. Block

Type: L
Description: Nw To Ne Trending Folds And Faults


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Shale
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Shale
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Galena
Gangue: Pyrite


Comments

Comment (Workings): 1 SHAFT, 1 ADIT.

Comment (Geology): GEOL.DESC: FISSURE FILLING, 6 IN TO 4 FT WIDE

Comment (Deposit): VEIN RANGES 6 INCHES TO 4 FEET. VEIN PROBABLY EXTENSION OF CARBONATE MINE VEIN TO WEST.


References

Reference (Deposit): ALEXANDER, R.G., 1955, GEOLOGY OF THE WHITEHALL AREA, MONTANA YELLOWSTONE-BIGHORN RESEARCH PROJECT, CONTRIBUTION 195, 111 P.

Reference (Deposit): CONSV. DIV. COMP. DATE, 12-21-1961

Reference (Deposit): 1960 RECON MBMG BULLETIN 1

Reference (Production): MBMG BULLETIN 16.

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16.


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