Idaho Gold Chief Prospect

The Idaho Gold Chief Prospect is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,699 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.

Mine Info

Name: Idaho Gold Chief Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 5,699 Feet (1,737 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.6872, -115.29390

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Idaho Gold Chief Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Idaho Gold Chief Prospect
Secondary: Tip Top
Secondary: Bar Lode
Secondary: Henry Clay Lode
Secondary: Chieftain Consolidated


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Lead
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: Boise National Forest


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Type: Underground


Owner Name: W. M. Caldwell

Owner Name: Idaho Gold Chief Mining Co.


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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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Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation


Name: Lamprophyre
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Lamprophyre
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

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

Analytical Data

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


Comment (Development): Holdings Are Extensive

Comment (Workings): At Least One Shaft 100 Ft. Deep And A 75 Ft. Winze


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. 38.

Reference (Deposit): Jones, R.W., 1959, Idaho Gold Chief: Idaho Bur Mines And Geology Open-File Rept.

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

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

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