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.
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
Primary: Tunnel Group Mine
Secondary: Parts of Washington
Secondary: Oregon Claims. All of New York
Secondary: Maine Claims
District: South Mountain District
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.
Owner Name: Vida Consolidated Mines
Years: 1926 -
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1868
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Physiographic Detail: Owyhee Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Analytical Data: DUMP SAMPLES ASSAYED 0.32 OZ. AU, 9.6 OZ. AG, AND 4% PB.
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.
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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