The Columbia is a copper, gold, and silver mine located in Baker county, Oregon.
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Primary Mineral: Copper, Gold, Silver
Lat, Long: 44.82778, -118.20667
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Columbia MRDS details
District: Cracker Creek
Land ownership: Private
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Administrative Organization: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Owner Name: Cracker Creek Mining Co.
Owner Name: Brooks Minerals Inc.
Years: 1980 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Blue Mountain Section
Physiographic Detail: Blue Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Description: East-West Striking Thrust Fault
Description: Vein Fills A Normal Fault
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Early Triassic
Analytical Data: GOLD 40 PERCENT FREE. RATIO OF CONCENTRATION 10:1 TO 15:1 . RECOVERY AVERAGED ABOUT 75 PERCENT. MILL ORE AVERAGED $11.04 PER TON.
Comment (Location): ON THE NORTH POLE-COLUMBIA LODE.
Comment (Deposit): COMPOSITE QUARTZ VEIN
Comment (Workings): ABOUT 50,000 FT. OF DRIFTS, CROSSCUTS, AND RAISES FROM A SHAFT 918 FEET DEEP AND THREE ADITS.
Comment (Geology): PART OF THE NORTH POLE-COLUMBIA LODE ; GEOL.DESC: THE WALLS ARE GENERALLY WELL DEFINED AND ARE RARELY LESS THAN 25 FT. APART. THE ORE SHOOTS RANGED FROM 3 TO 8 FT. IN WIDTH.
Comment (Deposit): THIS RECORD IS MERGED WITH RECORDS (M014105 & M054914) AND DELETES THEM FROM OREGON FILE. COLUMBIA MINE IS PART OF THE NORTH POLE - COLUMBIA GROUP. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT; 3 FIELD OBSERV
Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H. C., AND RAMP, L., 1968 , GOLD AND SILVER IN OREGON: ODGMI, BULL 61 , P. 74 .
Reference (Deposit): OREGON METAL MINES HANDBOOK, 1939 , ODGMI, BULL. 14 - A, P. 38 .
Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H. C., 1963 , QUICKSILVER IN OREGON, ODGMI, BULL. 55 , P. 216 .
Reference (Deposit): LINDGREN, W., 1901, THE GOLD BELT OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN OREGON, USGS ANN. REPT. NO. 2, P. 663
Reference (Production): W. W. ELMER, JUNE 30 , 1930 .
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