Independence Mine

The Independence Mine is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,751 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

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: Independence Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 5,751 Feet (1,753 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.6969, -115.28560

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Independence Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Independence Mine


Primary: Gold
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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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: Sawtooth Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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

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

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

Analytical Data

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Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Location): Original coordinates for line#1 were: lat/long NAD27 43-41-51N 115-17-2W (43.6975 -115.28389); UTM N4839500 E638300 Z11N; PLSS line# 1: Meridian- Boise, TWNSHP 004N, RNG 010E, Sect 08, Sect_fract .

Comment (Location): On The Ridge Between Steele Cr. & Blake'S Gulch

Comment (Production): $50,000 Total Production.

Comment (Workings): Several Blocked Tunnels, One Of Which Is 400 Ft Long; And A 55 Ft Winze.


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1943, Geology Of The Gold - Bearing Lodes, Rocky Bar District, Elmore Co., Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 65, P. 2

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. 29

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