The Maxwell is a gold and silver mine located in Baker county, Oregon at an elevation of 7,100 feet.
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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: 7,100 Feet (2,164 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver
Lat, Long: 44.855, -118.09722
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Maxwell MRDS details
District: Rock Creek
Land ownership: Private
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Administrative Organization: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Blue Mountain Section
Physiographic Detail: Blue Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Triassic
Comment (Production): PRODUCTION SAID TO HAVE BEEN MAINLY FROM FREE MILLING GOLD ORE NEAR SURFACE.
Comment (Development): 8 PATENTED CLAIMS; DEVELOPED WITH THE HIGHLAND MINE SINCE 1936.
Comment (Deposit): TWO VEINS EXPLORED. N30E VEIN IS A BRECCIA ZONE, IN PART IN QUARTZ DIORITE AND IN PART ALONG THE CONTACT. ORE IN THIS VEIN OCCURS AS LENSES OF FINE PYRITE, SERICITE, AND FUCHSITE IN DENSE QUARTZ.
Comment (Workings): 6000 FT IN 18 TUNNELS IN 1914 PRODUCTION SAID TO HAVE BEEN MAINLY FROM FREE MILLING GOLD ORE NEAR SURFACE.
Comment (Geology): PROPERTY IS ON A SET OF SHEAR ZONES WHICH GENERALLY PARALLEL THE CONTACT BETWEEN HORNFELSED ARGILLITE AND QUARTZ DIORITE.
Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H.C., AND RAMP,L., 1968, GOLD AND SILVER IN OREGON: ODGMI BULL. 61, P.
Reference (Deposit): OREGON METAL MINES HANDBOOK, 1939: ODGMI BULL. 14-A, P. 87.
Reference (Deposit): PARDEE, J.T., AND HEWETT, D.F., 1914, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE SUMPTER QUADRANGLE, OREGON: OREGON BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY, VOL. 1, NO. 6, P. 77.
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