Spanish Town Mine

The Spanish Town Mine is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,499 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: Spanish Town Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 5,499 Feet (1,676 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.7075, -115.25250

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Spanish Town Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Spanish Town Mine


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Arsenic
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Silver


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Rocky Bar 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: Sawtooth National Forest


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Type: Surface/Underground


Owner Name: Golden Sunrise Mining Co.

Owner Name: Elk Creek Spanish Town Mines, Inc.


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


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

Mineral Deposit Model

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Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Fe Stains


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

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: ASSAY: 2 - 3 OZ AU/TON


Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Commodity): Some Of The Ore Was Free - Milling

Comment (Location): On Elk Cr. On The Former Site Of Spanish Town

Comment (Workings): Some Placering Of The Slopes Was Done.

Comment (Deposit): Marks The Ne End Of The Mineralized Zone Passing Through Rocky Bar District.


Reference (Production): Anderson, A. L., 1943, Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 65, P. 34

Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1943, Geology Of The Gold - Bearing Lodes Of Rocky Bar District, Elmore Co., Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 65, P. 34.

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

Reference (Deposit): 1943 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol., Pam. 6

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