Tungsten Hill Mine

The Tungsten Hill Mine is a tungsten mine located in Boundary county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,200 feet.

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Mine Info

Name: Tungsten Hill Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Boundary

Elevation: 5,200 Feet (1,585 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Tungsten

Lat, Long: 48.8983, -116.27640

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Tungsten Hill Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Tungsten Hill Mine
Secondary: M & F
Secondary: Blanche
Secondary: Howard Wickersham
Secondary: Bull Moose Group
Secondary: Chief Joseph


Primary: Tungsten
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Silver
Tertiary: Gold


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

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/Underground


Owner Name: Wickersham, Howard

Owner Name: Hash, Sam


Not available


Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


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

Mineral Deposit Model

Not available




Type: R
Description: Bethlehem Fault Trends N 40 Deg W, Dips 45 Deg Sw Is About 100 Ft Wide.

Type: L
Description: Non - Parallel Fractures; Kaniksu Batholith Nearby


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Garnet, Epidote, Actinolite, Enstatite, Hypersthene


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

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: SAMPLE (ACROSS 5 1/2 FT FACE) ASSAY AVERAGED 1.09% WO3, WITH RANGE OF 0.59 - 2.34 % WO3


Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Scheelite
Gangue: Pyrrhotite
Gangue: Garnet
Gangue: Magnetite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Calcite


Comment (Location): 1/2 Mi W Of Bussard Peak

Comment (Reserve-Resource): At 1919 Prices, Above Resources Worth $150,000

Comment (Development): 19 Claims ; 1920'S Equipment: Blacksmith Shop, Hand Mining Tools, Mine Car, Light Rail, Several Camp Buildings

Comment (Deposit): Blanche Vein Strikes N 4 Deg E, Dips 60 Deg E; Livingston ( 1919 ) Mentions Vein Trending N 82 Deg E, Dipping 75 - 80 Deg Nw, And Averaging 8 Ft In Width

Comment (Workings): Open Cut On Vein, Crosscut Tunnel, Dozer Trenches


Reference (Deposit): 1951 Other Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pamphlet 85

Reference (Deposit): 1964 Compile Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Spec. Rept. 1

Reference (Deposit): 1926 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Bulletin 10

Reference (Deposit): Cook 1955 Id Bur Mines And Geol Pamph 102 53p

Reference (Deposit): Kirkham, Virgil R. D., And Ellis, Ernest W., 1926, Geology And Ore Deposits Of Boundary County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Bulletin, No. 10, 78 P.

Reference (Deposit): Kiilsgaard, T. H., 1949, Descriptions Of Some Ore Deposits And Their Relationships To The Purcell Sills, Boundary County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 85, 31 P.

Reference (Deposit): Hobbs, S., 1964, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Spec. Rept. 1, P. 223 - 233.

Reference (Deposit): 5) Soper, E. K., 1918 , Mining Districts Of Northern Idaho: Mining And Scientific Press, V. 116 , P. 121 - 126 .

Reference (Deposit): 6) Livingston, D. C., 1919 , Tungsten, Cinnabar, Manganese, Molybdenum, And Tin Deposits Of Idaho: Univ. Of Idaho Bulletin No. 2 , V. 14 , 72 P.

Reference (Deposit): Brackebusch, Fred W., 1969, Economic Geology Of The Queen Mountain Area, A Part Of The Purcell Range, Boundary County, Idaho: Unpublished Thesis, Univ. Idaho, 76 P.

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