The Rye Valley Placers is a gold mine located in Baker county, Oregon.
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Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 44.45667, -117.47750
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Rye Valley Placers MRDS details
Primary: Rye Valley Placers
Secondary: Dixie Creek Placers
District: Rye Valley
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Placer Au-PGE
Comment (Reserve-Resource): BULK OF PRODUCTION WAS FROM BENCHES WHICH ARE NOW LARGELY EXHAUSTED. DEPTH OF GRAVEL IN STREAM BED IS 90 FEET; VALUES TO 30 CENTS/YD.
Comment (Location): SW 1/4 SE 1/4
Comment (Production): TOTAL PRODUCTION ESTIMATED AT OVER $1,000,000, MOSTLY PRIOR TO 1914.
Reference (Deposit): OREGON METAL MINES HANDBOOK, 1939, ODGMI BULL. 14-A, P. 76.
Reference (Deposit): LINDGREN, W., 1901, GOLD BELT OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF OREGON, USGS ANN. REPT. P.769
Reference (Production): REF. 2
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