The Buck Gulch is a gold mine located in Baker county, Oregon at an elevation of 5,180 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: 5,180 Feet (1,579 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 44.75111, -118.27139
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Buck Gulch MRDS details
Primary: Buck Gulch
District: Sumpter District
Land ownership: National Forest
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: G. W. David Hizer
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Deposit Type: Stream Placer
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
Model Name: Placer Au-PGE
Form: STREAM SEDIMENT DEPOSIT
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene
Comment (Workings): 900 FT TUNNEL DRIVEN TO PROSPECT GRAVELS; DRIFTS AND RAISES
Comment (Geology): THIS PLACER DEPOSIT IS A BURIED STREAM CHANNEL EXTENDING SOUTHWEST BENEATH THE LOW RIDGE WHICH SEPARATES THE POWDER RIVER DRAINAGE FROM THAT OF THE NORTH FORK OF BURNT RIVER.
Comment (Location): IN WHITMAN NATIONAL FOREST. BUCK GULCH IS TRIBUTARY TO MCCULLY FORK, A BRANCH OF POWDER RIVER. LOCATION GIVEN IS FOR MINE SYMBOL SHOWN ON TOPO MAP
Comment (Commodity): UNVERIFIED REPORT OF PT
Reference (Deposit): HILL, J.M., 1919, PLATINUM AND ALLIED METALS: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES, CALENDAR YEAR 1916, PT. 1, P. 11.
Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H.C., AND RAMP, LEN, 1968, GOLD AND SILVER IN OREGON: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL INDUSTRIES BULLETIN 61, P. 57.
Reference (Deposit): OREGON DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL INDUSTRIES, 1939, OREGON METAL MINES HANDBOOK, NORTHEASTERN OREGON--EAST HALF: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND MINERAL INDUSTRIES BULLETIN 14-A, P. 95.
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