Silver Bell

The Silver Bell is a copper mine located in Washington county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,101 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: Silver Bell  

State:  Idaho

County:  Washington

Elevation: 4,101 Feet (1,250 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 44.55519, -117.05884

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Silver Bell MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Silver Bell
Secondary: Bell Mine


Commodity

Primary: Copper
Secondary: Silver
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Lead


Location

State: Idaho
County: Washington
District: Mineral District


Land Status

Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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: Ladd Metal Co.
Home Office: Portland, Or
Years: 1922 -

Owner Name: Melzer, Emil
Home Office: Baker, Or


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Year First Production: 1887
Discovery Year: 1875
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Physiographic Detail: Cuddy Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: IRREGULAR

Form: IRREGULAR


Structure

Type: R
Description: Area Appears To Be On The North Limb Of A Faulted Anticline Of General N.E. Trend.

Type: L
Description: Trough Was Formed By A Westerly Dipping Basalt Dike And An Easterly Dipping Ore-Bearing Seam.


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidization, Sericitic


Rocks

Not available


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: CONTAINS .9 - 1.25% CU AND 10 TO 28 OZ. AG/TON.


Materials

Ore: Galena
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Marcasite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Gypsum
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Tourmaline


Comments

Comment (Workings): MINE IS COMPOSED OF 3 ADITS AND 2000 FT OF DRIFTS AND CROSSCUTS. MOST OF THE MINE IS INACCESSIBLE.

Comment (Geology): THE ANDESITIC ROCKS ARE PORPHYRITIC, GREEN IN COLOR, FELDSPARS ARE NOT DETERMINABLE.

Comment (Deposit): QUARTZ - DIORITE INTRUSION WAS FOUND IN THE LOWER MINE TUNNELS.

Comment (Location): LOCATED EAST OF SILVER STILL GROUP.

Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: 1870'S


References

Reference (Deposit): ANDERSON, A. L., AND WAGNER, W. R., 1952, RECONNAISSANCE GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE MINERAL DISTRICT, IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 95, 26 P.

Reference (Deposit): LIVINGSTON, D. C., 1925, RECON. OF THE MINERAL AND CUDDY MTN. MINING DISTRICTS: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 13, P. 19.

Reference (Deposit): TURNER, H. W., 1908, ORE DEPOSITS AT MINERAL IDAHO: ECON. GEOLOGY, V 3, NO. 6, P. 492 - 502.

Reference (Deposit): ANDERSON, A. L., 1963, SILVER MINERALIZATION IN THE MINERAL DISTRICT, IDAHO: ECON. GEOLOGY, V. 58, NO. 8, P. 1195 - 1217.

Reference (Deposit): 5) BELL, R. N., 1920, TWENTY - FIRST ANNUAL REPORT OF THE MINING INDUSTRY OF IDAHO FOR THE YEAR 1919, P. 87 - 88.

Reference (Deposit): 1920 COMPILE 21ST ANN. REPT. OF THE MINING INDUSTRY FOR 1919

Reference (Deposit): 1925 RECON IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOL., PAMPHLET 13

Reference (Deposit): 1952 GEOLMAP IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 95


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