Orion

The Orion is a silver, arsenic, gold, and copper mine located in Baker county, Oregon at an elevation of 5,499 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: Orion  

State:  Oregon

County:  Baker

Elevation: 5,499 Feet (1,676 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Arsenic, Gold, Copper

Lat, Long: 44.37861, -118.28028

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Orion MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Orion


Commodity

Primary: Silver
Primary: Arsenic
Primary: Gold
Primary: Copper


Location

State: Oregon
County: Baker
District: Unity


Land Status

Administrative Organization: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Not available


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Blue Mountain Section


Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Low-sulfide Au-quartz vein


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Argillite
Role: Host
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Jurassic


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Pyrite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Limonite


Comments

Comment (Geology): THE SHEAR ZONE BETWEEN THE MELANGE TERRANE AND THE YOUNGER JURASSIC SEDIMENTS IS CUT BY A NUMBER OF YOUNGER DIKES.

Comment (Production): CONSIDERABLE AMT. OF NATIVE GOLD IS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN RECOVERED.

Comment (Workings): DEVELOPED BY 280 FOOT ADIT DRIFT AND 425-FOOT CROSSCUT ADIT. CONSIDERABLE AMT. OF NATIVE GOLD IS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN RECOVERED.


References

Reference (Deposit): LOWRY, W. D., 1968, GEOLOGY OF THE IRONSIDE MTN. QUADRANGLE, OREGON: ODGMI OPEN-FILE REPORT, P. 70

Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H. C., AND RAMP, L., 1968 , GOLD AND SILVER IN OREGON: ODGMI BULL. 61 , P.


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