Glenns Ferry

The Glenns Ferry is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,500 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.

Mine Info

Name: Glenns Ferry  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 2,500 Feet (762 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 42.9625, -115.25610

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Glenns Ferry MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Glenns Ferry
Secondary: Snake River Placer


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Titanium
Tertiary: Platinum


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Snake River Area

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.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Stream Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section

Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Placer Au-PGE




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Name: Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: GOLD FINENESS=954. GRADES ARE AROUND 0.0024-0.121 OZ/YD. AU:PT=2-3,000:1


Ore: Gold
Ore: Ilmenite


Comment (Commodity): Flour Gold - Mostly Thin Flakes. Pt Identified Bymicroscopic Examination Of Black Sand And By Qualitative Chemical Test. Pt Is Smaller And More Uniform Than Gold. "Platinum Is Present Only In Very Minor Amounts" (Hite, 1933)

Comment (Location): Probably Near Mouth Of Rosevear Creek. Location Given Is Mouth Of Rosevear Creek

Comment (Development): May Also Have Been Part Of Tyceska Placer Operation (See M045468)

Comment (Deposit): Gold Is Irregularly Distributed

Comment (Workings): Attempts To Dredge Were Unsuccessful


Reference (Deposit): Mertie, J.B., 1969, Geology Of The Platinum Metals: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 630, P. 95.

Reference (Deposit): Hite, T.H., 1933, Fine Gold And Platinum Of Snake River, Idaho: Economic Geology, V. 28, P. 256-265.

Reference (Deposit): Ross, C.P., 1941, The Metal And Coal Mining Districts Of Idaho, With Notes On The Nonmetallic Mineral Resources Of The State: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 57, Pt. 1, P. 100.

Reference (Deposit): Staley, W.W., 1946, Gold In Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 68, Fig. 24.

Reference (Deposit): V.E. Mitchell, Et. Al., Twin Falls Quad, IBMG 1982 Mine And Prospect Map Series

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