The North American Mine is a gold mine located in Whatcom county, Washington at an elevation of 4,199 feet.
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Elevation: 4,199 Feet (1,280 Meters)
Lat, Long: 48.72083, -120.83583
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North American Mine MRDS details
Primary: North American Mine
Secondary: Velvet, Anoka
Secondary: Claims: Anoka, Anoka Nos. 2, 4, Iron Cap, Columbia, Blizzard
District: Slate Creek 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: In Mount Baker National Forest
Owner Name: Velvet Mining Co.
Owner Name: John E. Wells, Tulsa, Okla.
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year Last Production: 1910
Discovery Year: 1895
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Northern Cascade Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Polymetallic veins
Description: Jurassic-Cretaceous Fold And Thrust Belt
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Paleocene
Analytical Data: GRAB SAMPLES OF QUARTZ FROM ORE DUMP AT MILL CONTAINED 0.04 OZ/TON AU, 2.52 OZ/TON AG.
Analytical Data: ANOTHER ORE BODY, 7-20 FT THICK, AVERAGED $15/TON AU
Analytical Data: ORE SHOOT ON COLUMBIA CLAIM HAD $75/TON AU ($20 GOLD)
Analytical Data: ONE VEIN, 1-3 FT THICK, CONTAINED $3-7/TON AU ($20 GOLD)
Comment (Workings): 3 CROSSCUTS, 240 FT ADIT, 28 FT ADIT, 22 FT ADIT, 2 OTHER ADITS.
Comment (Location): UNSURVEYED. ABOUT 3000 FT SOUTH OF JUNCTION OF MILL AND CANYON CREEKS, BETWEEN BOULDER CREEK AND MILL CREEK.
Comment (Production): PRODUCED PERHAPS A FEW HUNDRED TONS OF ORE
Comment (Deposit): 6 QUARTZ VEINS, MOST 1-3 FT THICK AND ONE 7-20 FT THICK, IN EAST-TRENDING SHEAR ZONES IN QUARTZITE.
Comment (Geology): ROCKS IN AREA ARE FINE-GRAINED GRAY GELDSPATHIC SANDSTONE WITH MINOR SHALE THAT STRIKE N20-40W AND DIP 70-90NE. SMALL BODY OF EARLY TERTIARY GRANODIORITE INTRUDES ROCKS ON SOUTH END OF CLAIMS
Comment (Deposit): 6 PATENTED CLAIMS ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
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. 564.
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): HUNTTING, M.T., 1956, INVENTORY OF WASHINGTON MINERALS - PART II, METALLIC MINERALS: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 37, V. 1, P. 178.
Reference (Deposit): MOEN, W.S., 1969, MINES AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 57, P. 116-117.
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