Helena Mine

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.

Mine Info

Name: Helena Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Adams

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

Site Name

Primary: Helena Mine


Primary: Gold
Primary: Silver
Primary: Copper
Tertiary: Molybdenum
Tertiary: Tungsten


State: Idaho
County: Adams
District: Seven Devils 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.


Type: Patented
Type: Located Claim


Type: Surface/Underground


Owner Name: C. W. Jones


Year: 1949
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:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Seven Devils Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

Not available




Type: R
Description: Doubly Plunging Anticlinal Uplifts Separated By A Syncline.


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation, Sericitization


Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

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

Analytical Data

Not available


Ore: Bornite
Ore: Scheelite
Ore: Powellite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyroxene
Gangue: Scapolite
Gangue: Zoisite
Gangue: Albite
Gangue: Epidote


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)
URL: 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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