The Old Middleman is a gold mine located in Baker county, Oregon at an elevation of 5,600 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.
Elevation: 5,600 Feet (1,707 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 44.8225, -118.20722
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Old Middleman MRDS details
Primary: Old Middleman
Secondary: Ralph Vein
Secondary: Part of the Columbia Group
District: Cracker Creek District
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.
Administrative Organization: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Owner Name: Brooks Minerals Inc.
Years: 1981 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Blue Mountain Section
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Early Triassic
Comment (Workings): SHORT ADIT AND SURFACE TRENCHES
Comment (Geology): COMPOSITE QUARTZ-ARGILLITE BRECCIA ZONE
Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H.C. AND OTHERS, 1981, MAP OF THE GEOLOGY AND GOLD DEPOSITS OF THE BOURNE QUADRANGLE, BAKER AND GRANT COUNTIES, OREGON; ODGM; MAP WITH TEXT GMS-19
Reference (Deposit): NELSON, D.W.C., 1923, MAP OF CRACKER, CABLE COVE, AND PORTIONS OF ROCK CREEK, IBEX, AND CABELL MOUNTAIN MINING DISTRICTS IN EASTERN OREGON
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