The Bear Creek Mine is a manganese mine located in Clallam county, Washington at an elevation of 1,801 feet.
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Name: Bear Creek Mine
Elevation: 1,801 Feet (549 Meters)
Lat, Long: 48.09333, -124.19194
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Bear Creek Mine MRDS details
Primary: Bear Creek Mine
Land ownership: National Forest
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Owner Name: Victor Obergand E. R. Gehke Jr, Port Angeles, Wa., Hugh Govan Estate, Sequim, Wa.
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Replacement
Operation Type: Unknown
Year Last Production: 1953
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Pacific Border Province
Physiographic Section: Olympic Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Eocene
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Eocene
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Eocene
Analytical Data: A 102-TON SHIPMENT OF ORE FROM THE PROPERTY ASSAYED 48 PERCENT MN AND 15.7 PERCENT COMBINED SI02 AND A1203.
Comment (Deposit): A RATHER PERSISTENT BAND OF MANGANIFEROUS MATERIAL IN A MARKED SHEAR ZONE IN ALTERED BASALT. THE BAND IS MORE THAN 250 FEET LONG AND RANGES IN WIDTH FROM 6 INCHES TO 4 FEET. IT STRIKES NORTHWESTERLY, DIPS 33 W. AT THE WEST END, AND IS ESSENTIALLY FLAT LYING AT THE EAST END.
Comment (Development): THE PROPERTY WAS ORIGINALLY EXPLORED BY A SHORT ADIT AND WINZE. EXTENSIVE BULLDOZING IN 1953 REMOVED THE LENS, AS WELL AS THE ADIT AND WINZE. 102 TONS OF PRODUCTION POSSIBLY IN 1953.
Comment (Location): THE BEAR CREEK MINE IS ON THE STEEP SOUTHEAST SLOPE OF MOUNT MULLER RIDGE AT AN ELEVATION OF APPROXIMATELY 1,800 FEET A 3-1/2-MILE ACCESS ROAD LEADS DIRECTLY NORTHWARD TO THE CLAIMS FROM BEAR CREEK ON U.S. HIGHWAY 101.
Comment (Deposit): IN 1957 NEW WELLINGTON MINES, LTD., OF VICTORIA, CANADA, WITH THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF A DEFENSE MINERALS EXPLORATION ADMINISTRATION (DMEA) CONTRACT, DROVE A 258-FOOT CROSSCUT ADIT AND A 41-FOOT RAISE IN AN ATTEMPT TO LOCATE THE EXTENSION OF THE MANGANIFEROUS STRUCTURE EXPOSED IN THE OPENCUT. THE WORK WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AND SHOWED THAT THE MANGANESE MINERALIZATION COULD NOT BE PROJECTED MORE THAN A FEW FEET. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Reference (Deposit): USBM RI 5530, P. 13, 76
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