Tunnel Group Mine

The Tunnel Group Mine is a silver, gold, and lead mine located in Owyhee county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,699 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: Tunnel Group Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Owyhee

Elevation: 6,699 Feet (2,042 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Gold, Lead

Lat, Long: 42.7619, -116.92970

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Tunnel Group Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Tunnel Group Mine
Secondary: Parts of Washington
Secondary: Idaho
Secondary: Oregon Claims. All of New York
Secondary: Vermont
Secondary: Maine Claims


Commodity

Primary: Silver
Primary: Gold
Primary: Lead
Secondary: Zinc
Secondary: Copper


Location

State: Idaho
County: Owyhee
District: South Mountain District


Land Status

Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Vida Consolidated Mines
Years: 1926 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1868
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: Owyhee Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: IRREGULAR


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation


Rocks

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: DUMP SAMPLES ASSAYED 0.32 OZ. AU, 9.6 OZ. AG, AND 4% PB.


Materials

Ore: Bindheimite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Copper
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Chalcocite
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Bornite
Ore: Anglesite
Ore: Linarite
Ore: Smithsonite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Chrysocolla
Ore: Calamine
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Pyrrhotite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Limonite
Gangue: Hematite


Comments

Comment (Location): N. OF WESSELS CREEK

Comment (Development): PATENTED CLAIMS

Comment (Geology): AGE OF LIMESTONE AND SCHIST IS UNKNOWN, PRE CRET

Comment (Deposit): DIORITE IS MEDIUM GRAINED, GRAY, WITH AN EXCESS OF HORNBLENDE OVER BIOTITE. THE LIMESTONE IS WHITE, BLOCKY AND MARBLEIZED, WITH STREAKS OF BLACK SILICA.


References

Reference (Deposit): SORENSON, R. E., 1927, THE GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN MINING DISTRICT, OWYHEE COUNTY, IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOL. PAMPHLET 22, 47 P

Reference (Deposit): 1927 GEOLMAP IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES & GEOL. PAMPHLET 2


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