Ophir Mine

The Ophir Mine is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,001 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: Ophir Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 6,001 Feet (1,829 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.7014, -115.27030

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Ophir Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Ophir Mine


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Silver
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Zinc


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Rocky Bar District

Land Status

Land ownership: Private
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.


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Type: Surface/Underground


Owner Name: Charles Martin

Owner Name: Remco


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: M


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Sawtooth Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Analytical Data

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Ore: Galena
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Location): Near The Head Of Ophir Gulch

Comment (Workings): 2 Adits And A Vertical Shaft, Length Of Workings, At Least 595 Ft. Two Winzes.

Comment (Production): $2,250,000 Total Production, $80,000 Of Which Was Prior To 1881.


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1943, Geology Of The Gold - Bearing Lodes Of Rocky Bar Dist., Elmore Co., Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 65, P. 31

Reference (Deposit): Idaho Dept. Of Labor And Industrial Services, July 1974-June 1975, First Annual Rept. Addendum, 95 P.

Reference (Deposit): Mining Industry Of Idaho, 1973-1974, 71st Annual Report, 98 P.

Reference (Deposit): Wagner, W.R.T., 1939, The Geology And Ore Deposits Of The Rocky Bar District, Idaho: Moscow, Idaho, Univ. Of Idaho M.S. Thesis, 32 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1943 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 65

Reference (Deposit): 1974 Compile Mining Industry Of Idaho, 71st Annual Report

Reference (Deposit): 1975 Compile Idaho Dept. Of Labor And Industrial Services, First Annual Report Addendum

Reference (Production): Anderson, A. L., 1943, Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 65, P. 31

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