The Silver Tip Mine is a gold and silver mine located in Whatcom county, Washington at an elevation of 2,949 feet.
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Name: Silver Tip Mine
Elevation: 2,949 Feet (899 Meters)
Commodity: Gold, Silver
Lat, Long: 48.90778, -121.63000
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Silver Tip Mine MRDS details
Primary: Silver Tip Mine
Secondary: Claims: Silver Tip Nos. 1-12
District: Mount Baker District
Land ownership: National Forest
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Owner Name: Ray Block
Years: 1966 -
Owner Name: Paul Olson, L. R. Lahey, And Hans Anderson, Tacoma, Wash.
Years: 1966 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Contact Metasomatic
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1943
Year Last Production: 1949
Discovery Year: 1896
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: Skarn Cu
Form: DISSEMINATED ALONG SHEAR ZONES, LENTICULAR REPLACEMENT BODIES. QUARTZ-CALCITE VEINLETS ASSUMED TO CONTAIN AU AND AG
Analytical Data: ASSAYS OF REPRESENTATIVE MATERIAL FROM ORE SHOOTS ALONG SHEAR ZONE: 0.11-0.42 OZ/TON AU, 1.6-49 OZ/TON AG, 0.49-6.41% CU, 0.05% PB. ALTHOUGH NOT ASSAYED FOR ZN, SOME SAMPLES HAD AS MUCH AS 50% SPHALERITE.
Comment (Deposit): ORE MINERALS ARE CONFINED SHEAR ZONES THAT CONTAIN VEINLETS OF CALCITE AND STRINGERS OF QUARTZ. METALLIC MINERALS ARE GENERALLY SPARSE AND DISSEMINATED. RARE ORE SHOOTS ABOUT 1 FT WIDE AND 10 FT LONG APPEAR TO BE LENTICULAR REPLACEMENT BODIES. NUMEROUS SHEAR ZONES ARE EXPOSED IN WORKINGS.
Comment (Geology): HOST ROCKS HAVE BEEN METAMORPHOSED TO BLUESCHIST FACIES
Comment (Deposit): 12 CONTIGUOUS UNPATENTED CLAIMS. MAP OF CLAIMS AND SKETCH MAP OF MAIN ADITS IN MOEN ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Comment (Workings): MAIN UNDERGROUND WORKINGS ARE 2 ADITS ON SILVER TIP #2 CLAIM: 240-FT-LONG ADIT WITH 180 FT OF DRIFTS, 30-FT INCLINED RAISE, AND SMALL STOPE; AND 90-FT ADIT WITH A 40-FT DRIFT AND 20-FT RAISE. A 3RD ADIT 1,500 FT TO SOUTHWEST IS CAVED, BUT DUMP SIZE SUGGESTS AT LEAST 100 FT OF WORKINGS.
Comment (Development): ONE OF FIRST DISCOVERIES OF DISTRICT. MILL OPERATED FROM 1945-49 BUT WAS DESTROYED BY SNOWSLIDE IN WINTER OF 1949-50. IN 1960 OLSON, LAHEY, AND ANDERSON ACQUIRED A 10-YEAR LEASE ON THE PROPERTY, AND IN 1966, WERE EVALUATING SEVERAL SHEAR ZONES.
Comment (Location): ON RUTH CREEK DRAINAGE ON SOUTH SLOPE OF GOAT MOUNTAIN. DISCREPANCY IN LOCATION; HUNTTING INDICATES MINE IS IN SEC. 35.
Comment (Production): SHIPPED A CAR VALUED AT $27/TON, UNSPECIFIED YEAR. NO OTHER PRODUCTION RECORDS FOUND
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. 568.
Reference (Production): MOEN, 1966; HUNTTING, 1956
Reference (Deposit): MOEN, W.S., 1969, MINES AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 57, P. 93-94.
Reference (Deposit): HUNTTING, M.T., 1956, INVENTORY OF WASHINGTON MINERALS - PART II, METALLIC MINERALS: WASHINGTON DIVISION OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULLETIN 37, P. 106.
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