Baker Prospect

The Baker Prospect is a chromium mine located in Nevada county, California at an elevation of 2,500 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: Baker Prospect  

State:  California

County:  Nevada

Elevation: 2,500 Feet (762 Meters)

Commodity: Chromium

Lat, Long: 39.22361, -121.04056

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Baker Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Baker Prospect


Primary: Chromium


State: California
County: Nevada
District: Nevada City - Grass Valley Area

Land Status

Land ownership: Private
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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Owner Name: D. Whilden


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1918
Years of Production:
Significant: N


General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Sierra Nevada

Mineral Deposit Model

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Analytical Data

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Ore: Chromite


Comment (Production): NO ORE SHIPPED.

Comment (Workings): 5 SMALL OPEN CUTS


Reference (Deposit): CALIF. JOUR. MINES & GEOLOGY, V. 37, NO. 3, JULY 1941, P. 444

Reference (Deposit): D.O.M. BULL. 134, PT. III, CHAP. 5, P. 244, PL. 13

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