Minnesota Mine

The Minnesota Mine is a gold mine located in Whatcom county, Washington at an elevation of 2,402 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: Minnesota Mine  

State:  Washington

County:  Whatcom

Elevation: 2,402 Feet (732 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 48.72944, -120.84139

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Minnesota Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Minnesota Mine
Secondary: Seattle-St. Louis Mine


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Secondary: Silver
Tertiary: Copper


Location

State: Washington
County: Whatcom
District: Slate Creek District


Land Status

Land ownership: National Wilderness
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: In Pasayten Wilderness Area In Mount Baker National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Seattle-St. Louis Gold Mines Co.

Owner Name: Seattle-St. Louis Mining Co.
Years: 1990 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1911
Year Last Production: 1913
Discovery Year: 1904
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Northern Cascade Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Polymetallic veins


Orebody

Form: VEIN


Structure

Type: R
Description: Jur-Cret Fold And Thrust Belt

Type: L
Description: Shear Zone


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Not available


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: GRAB SAMPLE ASSAYED 1.26 OZ/TON AU, 6.12 OZ/TON AG


Materials

Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Bornite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Location): UNSURVEYED. 2000 FT DOWNSTREAM FROM JUNCTION OF MILL AND CANYON CREEKS, APPROXIMATELY 100 FT ABOVE CREEK LEVEL ON NORTH SIDE OF CANYON CREEK.

Comment (Production): GOLD ORE WAS MILLED IN 1911-1913 AT A RATE OF 20 TONS/DAY. AMOUNT OF PRODUCTION UNKNOWN

Comment (Development): IN 1908 A 4-STAMP MILL WAS ERECTED. NO SHIPMENTS MADE AS OF 1918. EXPLORATION OF VEIN SYSTEM UNDERWAY IN 1990

Comment (Deposit): QUARTZ VEINS IN 6-24 IN. WIDE SHEAR ZONE

Comment (Workings): 1000 FT OF UNDERGROUND WORKINGS


References

Reference (Deposit): HUNTTING, M.T., 1956, INVENTORY OF WASHINGTON MINERALS - PART II, METALLIC MINERALS: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 37, V. 1 P. 179.

Reference (Deposit): MOEN, W.S., 1969, MINES AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 57, P. 112-113.

Reference (Deposit): DERKEY, R.E., JOSEPH, N.L., AND LASMANIS, RAYMOND, 1990, METAL MINES OF WASHINGTON - PRELIMINARY REPORT: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF GEOLOGY AND EARTH RESOURCES OPEN-FILE REPORT 90-18, P. 562.

Reference (Deposit): STAATZ, M.H., WEIS, P.L., TABOR, R.W., ROBERTSON, J.F., VAN NOY, R.M., PATTEE, E.C., AND HOLT, D.C., 1971, MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE PASAYTEN WILDERNESS AREA, WASHINGTON: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULLETIN 1325, P. 173.

Reference (Deposit): STOFFEL, K.L., AND MCGRODER, M.F., 1990, GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE ROBINSON MTN. 1:100,000 QUADRANGLE, WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF GEOLOGY AND EARTH RESOURCES OPEN-FILE REPORT 90-5, SCALE 1:100,000.

Reference (Deposit): JOSEPH, N.L., 1991, WASHINGTON'S MINERAL INDUSTRY - 1990: WASHINGTON GEOLOGY, V. 19, NO. 1, P. 3-24.


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