The Helena Mine is a gold, silver, and copper mine located in Adams 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.
Elevation: 5,801 Feet (1,768 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver, Copper
Lat, Long: 45.1247, -116.64080
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Helena Mine MRDS details
Primary: Helena Mine
District: Seven Devils District
Land ownership: Private
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Type: Located Claim
Owner Name: C. W. Jones
Time Period: 1934 - 1949
Material type: ORE
Description: Cp_Grade: ^24 % Cu
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Contact Metamorphic
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Year: 1887
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Seven Devils Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Form: IRREGULAR, TABULAR, POCKETS, BUNCHES
Description: Doubly Plunging Anticlinal Uplifts Separated By A Syncline.
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation, Sericitization
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Comment (Production): Few Cars High Grade Ore Shipped In 1905 By C.W. Jones
Comment (Development): Mine Closed In 1949: No Further Ore In Sight.
Comment (Workings): 2 Tunnels: Lower One About 300 Ft. Long, Crosscuts, Several Drifts, And Some Surface Pits.
Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: LATE 1880'S
Reference (Geology): Cannon, R.S. and Grimaldi, F.S, Lindgrenite and Cuprotungstite From the Seven Devils District, Idaho. (http://www.minsocam.org/ammin/AM38/AM38_903.pdf)
Reference (Deposit): Cook, E. F., 1954, Mining Geology Of The Seven Devils Region: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 97, 22 P.
Reference (Deposit): 1920 Compile Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology, Bulletin 1
Reference (Deposit): Livingston, D. C., And Laney, F. B., 1920, The Copper Deposits Of The Seven Devils And Adjacent Districts: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Bulletin 1, P. 75 - 76
Reference (Deposit): 1954 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geol., Pamphlet 97
Reference (Production): Cook, E. F., 1954, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geol., Pamphlet 97, 22 P. Livingston, D.C., And Laney, F.B., 1920, Idaho Bur Mines And Geology Bulletin 1, P. 75.
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