Imperial Vein

The Imperial Vein is a gold and silver mine located in Baker county, Oregon at an elevation of 7,402 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: Imperial Vein  

State:  Oregon

County:  Baker

Elevation: 7,402 Feet (2,256 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver

Lat, Long: 44.86528, -118.27111

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Imperial Vein MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Imperial Vein
Secondary: Part of the Imperial-Eagle


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Primary: Silver
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Arsenic


Location

State: Oregon
County: Baker
District: Cable Cove


Land Status

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


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Ibex Minerals Inc.
Years: 1981 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

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


Physiography

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


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Sericite


Comments

Comment (Deposit): MASSIVE SULPHIDES OCCUR IN LENSES AND SHOOTS UP TO 50 FT IN WIDTH AND 2 FT IN THICKNESS WHICH PLUNGE STEEPLY TO THE SOUTHWEST

Comment (Workings): IMPERIAL VEIN DEVELOPED BY ABOUT 4500 OF DRIFTS ON THREE LEVELS (1914)

Comment (Development): SURFACE EXPLORATION BY SEVERAL COMPANIES IN 1981


References

Reference (Deposit): FERNS, M.L. AND OTHERS,1982, MAP OF THE GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF THE MT. IRELAND QUADRANGLE, BAKER AND GRANT COUNTIES, OREGON; ODGMI MAP (IN PREPARATION)

Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H.C. AND RAMP, L., 1968,GOLD AND SILVER IN OREGON; ODGMI BULL. 61, P. 70

Reference (Deposit): PARDEE, J.T. AND HEWITT, D.F., 1914, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE SUMPTER QUADRANGLE; OREGON BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY, VOL. 1, NO. 6, P. 98

Reference (Deposit): LINDGREN, W., 1901, GOLD BELT OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN OREGON; USGS ANN. REPT. NO. 22, P. 673


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