Wide West Mine

The Wide West Mine is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,801 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: Wide West Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 5,801 Feet (1,768 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.6764, -115.29970

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Wide West Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Wide West Mine


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Silver


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Red Warrior 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: Underground


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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
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: WIDE WEST LODE MILLED $35 AU/TON - 1880'S PRICES.


Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Production): Locally Credited With $1,250,000 Production In 1925

Comment (Development): A 20 - Stamp And A 50 Ton Ball Mill

Comment (Location): On The N. Side Of Red Warrior Cr.

Comment (Workings): On Another Lode The Strike Varies From N 70 - 80 Deg W To N 70 - 80 Deg E And The Dip From 45 Deg To 80 Deg N

Comment (Production): Prod. > $300,000 Strahorn, R.E. 1881


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. 3

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

Reference (Production): Anderson, A. L., 1943, Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 65, P. 36

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