Buffalo Mine

The Buffalo Mine is a silver and gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,824 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: Buffalo Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 6,824 Feet (2,080 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Gold

Lat, Long: 43.7803, -115.11970

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Buffalo Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Buffalo Mine


Commodity

Primary: Silver
Primary: Gold


Location

State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Atlanta District Or Middle Boise 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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Atlanta Mines Co.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1864
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: M


Physiography

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


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: SEAMS, LENSES , LENTICULAR


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Mn Stains, Fe Stains, Oxidation


Rocks

Not available


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: REMAINING ORE VALUED AT $4 - $20/TON, 1930'S PRICES . AG TO AU RATIO IS 200 TO 1.


Materials

Ore: Stephanite
Ore: Proustite
Ore: Polybasite
Ore: Silver
Ore: Miargyrite
Ore: Pyrargyrite
Ore: Argentite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comments

Comment (Production): $1,200,000 TOTAL PRODUCTION BY 1935.. PRODUCTION ABOVE 100-FT. LEVEL ABOUT $1,000,000.

Comment (Location): ON UPPER PART OF QUARTZ GULCH ON SW SIDE OF MONARCH.


References

Reference (Deposit): ST. JOSEPH LEAD COMPANY

Reference (Production): ANDERSON, A. L., 1939, IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES & GEOL. PAM. 49, P. 58.

Reference (Deposit): ANDERSON, A. L., 1939, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS, ATLANTA DISTRICT, ELMORE CO., IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES & GEOL. PAM. 49, P. 58

Reference (Deposit): 1939 GEOLMAP IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES & GEOL. PAM. 49


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