Surprise Mine

The Surprise Mine is a gold mine located in Baker county, Oregon.

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: Surprise Mine  

State:  Oregon

County:  Baker

Elevation:

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 44.71583, -117.63750

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Surprise Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Surprise Mine


Commodity

Primary: Gold


Location

State: Oregon
County: Baker
District: Lower Burnt River


Land Status

Not available


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Palmen (Estate)
Home Office: Baker Or.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1942
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Argillite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Early Triassic


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Not available


Comments

Comment (Location): NE 1/4 NW 1/4

Comment (Production): 33 TONS OF .71 OZ - TON ORE WAS SHIPPED IN 1943

Comment (Geology): VALUES ARE EXTRACTED FROM A CLAYISH BRECCIA WHICH DIRECTLY OVERLIES ARGILLITE.


References

Reference (Deposit): 1947 RECON ODGMI FILE REPOR

Reference (Deposit): U S BUREAU OF MINES MILS RECORDS

Reference (Deposit): WAGNER, N.S., 1948, OREGON DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL INDUSTRIES FILE REPORT.


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