Scheller Prospect

The Scheller Prospect is a thorium mine located in Boundary county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,300 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: Scheller Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Boundary

Elevation: 2,300 Feet (701 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Thorium

Lat, Long: 48.9808, -116.41140

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Scheller Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Scheller Prospect
Secondary: Scheller & Dougherty
Secondary: Lucky Seven Prospect


Primary: Thorium
Tertiary: Uranium
Tertiary: REE


State: Idaho
County: Boundary
District: Moyie - Yaak District

Land Status

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: Kaniksu National Forest


Type: Located Claim


Type: Surface


Owner Name: Irwin Scheller
Percent: 100.0
Info Year: 1976


Not available


Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Prospect
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Surface-Underground
Discovery Year: 1955
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral Not In Place
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Purcell Range - Hall Mountain

Mineral Deposit Model

Not available




Type: L
Structure: Brecciation
Description: Nw Trending Faults, Brecciation


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Silification


Name: Quartzite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Quartzite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 2 SAMPLES DETECTED 0.011 AND 0.026 % THO2 , 0.0354 AND 0.0361 % RE2O3
Analytical Data: LOW GRADE , UP TO 2.5 MR/H


Ore: Thorite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Calcite
Unknown: Chlorite
Unknown: Geyserite
Unknown: Limonite
Unknown: Magnetite


Comment (Development): Several Claims

Comment (Location): W. Slope Of Hall Mountain

Comment (Commodity): Weak Radioactivity Along Fault, Up To 1 Mr/Hr

Comment (Workings): Combined Length Of 2 Trenches Is 1000 Ft. 130 - Ft. Diamond Drill Hole.

Comment (Location): Several dozer cuts, 1 DDH Located 1800 Ft N 12 Deg E From Se Corner Sec. 13.


Reference (Deposit): Powers, Harold A., 1956, Lucky Seven: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Open - File Report.

Reference (Deposit): 1956 Recon Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geol. Of Rept.

Reference (Deposit): 1964 Compile Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geol. Spec. Rpt. No. 1

Reference (Deposit): Staatz 1972 Econ Geol V 67 P 240-248 Th Vns Hall Mtn Idaho

Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., And Savage, C. N., 1964, Mineral Resources - Thorium And The Rare Earths, In Mineral And Water Resources Of Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Spec. Rept., No. 1, P. 211 - 217.

Reference (Deposit): Le Moine, Denis, 1960, Geology Of Thorite Deposits Of The Hall Mountain Area, Boundary County, In Study Of Two Thorite Deposits: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet, No. 122, P. 15 - 22.

Reference (Deposit): Newton, Jos., Et Al, 1960, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 122, P. 20.

Reference (Deposit): Staatz, M.H., And Others, 1974 , Distribution And Occurrence Of Rare Earths In The Thorium Veins On Hall Mountain, Idaho: USGS Jour. Research, V. 2 , No. 6 , P. 677 - 683

Reference (Deposit): 1960 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pamphlet #122, P. 15 - 22

Reference (Deposit): 1960 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pamphlet #122, P. 20

Reference (Deposit): 1964 Compile Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Spec. Rpt., No. 1

Reference (Deposit): 1974 Compile M.H. Staatz And Others, Jour. Research, V. 2 , No. 6

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