Rainbow

The Rainbow is a zinc, gold, silver, arsenic, and lead mine located in Baker county, Oregon at an elevation of 5,000 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

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: Rainbow  

State:  Oregon

County:  Baker

Elevation: 5,000 Feet (1,524 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Zinc, Gold, Silver, Arsenic, Lead

Lat, Long: 44.42611, -117.56139

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Rainbow MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Rainbow


Commodity

Primary: Zinc
Primary: Gold
Primary: Silver
Primary: Arsenic
Primary: Lead


Location

State: Oregon
County: Baker
District: Mormon Basin


Land Status

Not available


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Condor Gold Mines


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1901
Discovery Year: 1901
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Physiographic Detail: Pedro Mountain


Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Low-sulfide Au-quartz vein


Orebody

Form: LENS


Structure

Type: R
Description: Ne Alinement Of Granite Intrusives

Type: L
Description: Ne And Nw Trending Faults


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Actinolite, Chlorite


Rocks

Not available


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Galena
Gangue: Ankerite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Workings): ORE SHOOTS ARE UP TO 350 FT LONG, OCCUPY VEINS AT FOOTWALL AND HANGING WALL CONTACTS OF A FAULT BRECCIA 50 FT WIDE. 0.48 TOZ AU/T AVERAGE GRADE ESTIMATED FROM RECORDED PRODUCTION OF $2,323,092.46, 1901-1919 AND 1,222 TOZ. IN 1934

Comment (Geology): DIKE IS HIGHLY ALTERED, INTRUDES BRECCIA. LIMESTONE AND GREENSTONE FORM FOOTWALL, ARGILLITE AND GRANITIC ROCKS FORM HANGING WALL.

Comment (Production): ITEM 8 ESTIMATED FROM RECORDED PRODUCTION OF $2,323,092.46, 1901-1919 AND 1,222 TOZ. IN 1934


References

Reference (Deposit): GILLULLY, J., ETAL, 1933, SOME MINING DISTRICTS OF EASTERN OREGON: USGS BULL. 846-A, P. 1-40.

Reference (Deposit): OREGON DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY ABD MINERAL INDUSTRIES, 1939, OREGON METAL MINES HANDBOOK; NORTHEASTERN OREGON, EAST HALF: BULLETIN 14-A, 125 P.

Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H.C., AND RAMP, L., 1968, GOLD AND SILVER IN OREGON: O.D.G.M.I. BULL. 61

Reference (Deposit): & 5) WOLFF, E. N., 1965 , THE GEOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE CAVINESS QUADRANGLE, UNIV. OREGON PHD OR

Reference (Deposit): SWARTLY, A.M., 1914, ORE DEPOSITS OF NORTHEASTERN OREGON BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY, MINERAL RESOURCES OF OREGON 1(8): 306 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1914 RECON ORE. BU. MINES AND GEOL.: REF. 1

Reference (Deposit): 1929 RECON J. GILLULLY ETAL: BULL. 846-A

Reference (Deposit): 1939 RECON ORE. DEPT. GEOL. MIN. IND.: REF. 3

Reference (Deposit): 1968 COMPILE ORE. DEPT. GEOL. MIN. IND.: REF. 4

Reference (Production): BROOKS, H. C., AND RAMP, L., 1968, GOLD AND SILVER IN OREGON, P. 129


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