Ruby Mine

The Ruby Mine is a silver and gold mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 6,401 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: Ruby Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation: 6,401 Feet (1,951 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Gold

Lat, Long: 46.19778, -112.43444

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Ruby Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Ruby Mine


Commodity

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


Location

State: Montana
County: Jefferson
District: Lowland 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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Ruby Silver Mines, Inc.
Home Office: 101 W. Granite, Butte, MT


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1885
Discovery Year: 1875
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: IRREGULAR-LENTICULAR OR PIPE-LIKE


Structure

Type: R
Description: Boulder Batholith

Type: L
Description: Brecciated Pipe-Like Zones At Intersections Of Nw And Ne-Trending Faults.


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Welded Tuff
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Welded Tuff
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Welded Tuff
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 6200 TONS AVERAGED 1.836 OZ AU/TON AND 31.296 OZ AG/TON. SOME CONTAINS 5% PB-ZN AND 1% CU.


Materials

Ore: Argentite
Ore: Silver
Ore: Gold
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Workings): ONE OF THE ADITS CONNECTS WITH THE COLUMBIA MINE.

Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: 1870'S

Comment (Deposit): THE ORE BEARING ZONE EXTENDS FROM THE MAIN SHAFT SE TO THE COLUMBIA CLAIM, A DISTANCE OF SEVERAL THOUSAND FT. THE GENERAL TREND IS S 20 E. WITHIN THIS ZONE THE ORE SHOOTS ARE DISCLOSED IN ENCHELON FASHION. THE RUBY SHAFT WAS SUNK ON AN ORE SHOOT THAT WAS 260 FT DEEP, 40 FT LONG, AND 20 FT WIDE. IT WAS TERMINATED ON THE N BY A LOW DIPPING FAULT. TO THE S ANOTHER VEIN WAS FOUND, 170 FT LONG AND 4 FT WIDE.

Comment (Deposit): APPARENTLY THE RICH ORE SHOOTS IN THE OLD UPPER WORKINGS DO NOT EXTEND IN DEPTH TO THE LONG CROSSCUT DRIVEN IN 1966-67. SMALL ORE BODY FOUND IN LOWER CROSSCUT CONTAINED MORE BASE METAL AND LESS PRECIOUS METAL THAN THE ORES IN THE HIGHER WORKINGS. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT

Comment (Reserve-Resource): THESE ARE IN SMALL ORE SHOOT 500 FT. BELOW OLD PRODUCTIVE WORKINGS

Comment (Location): 6.0 KM NW OF ELK PARK. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1954)

Comment (Reserve-Resource): IN ORE SHOOT 500 FT. BELOW OLD PRODUCTIVE WORKINGS

Comment (Production): $1250000 IN PRODUCTION BEFORE 1906, 70% IN AU THE REST IN AG.

Comment (Development): 10-STAMP MILL WAS BUILT IN 1907. IN 1911 1200 TONS OF 2ND CLASS ORE WAS CRUSHED.


References

Reference (Deposit): SMEDES, H.W., KLEPPER, M.R., PINCKNEY, D.M., BECRAFT, G.E. AND RUPPEL, E.T., 1962, PRELIMINARY GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE ELK PARK QUADRANGLE JEFFERSON AND SILVER BOW COUNTIES, MONTANA: USGS MIN. INV. FIELD STUDIES MAP MF-246

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 842, P. 296-97.

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 92, P. 12.

Reference (Deposit): 1911 GEOLMAP KNOPF, ADOLPH, 1913, USGS BULL. 52

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16, P. 72.

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 527, P. 125-27.

Reference (Production): USGS BULL 527, P. 126; MBMG BULL 16, P. 101.

Reference (Reserve-Resource): OME FILE


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