Homestake Mine

The Homestake Mine is a silver, zinc, and lead mine located in Blaine county, Idaho at an elevation of 7,598 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: Homestake Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Blaine

Elevation: 7,598 Feet (2,316 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Zinc, Lead

Lat, Long: 43.79944, -114.32556

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Homestake Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Homestake Mine


Commodity

Primary: Silver
Primary: Zinc
Primary: Lead
Secondary: Gold


Location

State: Idaho
County: Blaine
District: Warm Springs Creek Mining District


Land Status

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: Sawtooth National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Unknown


Ownership

Owner Name: Mrs. Angela Ditter (Estate)
Home Office: Twin Falls Bank & Trust Co.-Executor

Owner Name: United Minerals Corp.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1885
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Boulder Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: TABULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Mine Is In Upper Plate Of Thrust Fault That Dips Sw.

Type: L
Description: Shear Zone Strikes N 25 W Dips 50 Deg Sw Beds Strike Nw Dip Sw.


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidized Ores Persist Throughout Mine


Rocks

Name: Quartzite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pennsylvanian


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: WEIGHTED AVERAGE ASSAY OF KNOWN PRODUCTION IS 15.93 OZ AG/TON, 13.2% PB, 16.3% ZN.


Materials

Ore: Galena
Ore: Smithsonite
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Calamine
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Calcite


Comments

Comment (Commodity): VEIN CONSISTS OF SHEARED ARGILLITE WITH SOME QUARTZ, CALCITE AND OXIDIZED LEAD-ZINC ORE

Comment (Workings): MINE DEVELOPED BY 6 ADITS ABOVE EACH OF WHICH THERE ARE STOPES.


References

Reference (Deposit): 1930 GEOLMAP UMPLEBY, BULL. 81

Reference (Production): UMPLEBY, 1930, USGS BULL. 814, P. 193-195

Reference (Deposit): UMPLEBY, J.B., WESTGATE, L.G. AND ROSS, C.P., 1930, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE WOOD RIVER REGION, IDAHO: USGS BULL. 814, P. 192-195


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