Tussel Mine

The Tussel Mine is a copper mine located in Adams county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,549 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: Tussel Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Adams

Elevation: 6,549 Feet (1,996 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 45.1592, -116.65780

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Tussel Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Tussel Mine


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


State: Idaho
County: Adams
District: Seven Devils 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: Payette National Forest


Type: Located Claim


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Year: 1937
Material type: ORE
Description: Ap_Grade: ^7.25 % Cu, 5 Oz Ag, .25 Oz/Ton Au


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: Seven Devils Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation


Name: Granite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

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

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Triassic

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: SMELTER RETURN ON 19 - TON PORTION: 7.25% CU, 4.75 OZ AG, AND .25% AU.
Analytical Data: FS MIN EXAM 1959 PLUM


Ore: Bornite
Ore: Malachite
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Location): Original coordinates for line#1 were: lat/long NAD27 45-9-25N 116-39-40W (45.15694 -116.66111); UTM N5000200 E526700 Z11N; PLSS line# 1: Meridian- Boise, TWNSHP 021N, RNG 003W, Sect 14, Sect_fract .

Comment (Workings): Tussel Millsite Is Only Adequate Water Supply For Tussel Mine And Is Located For That Purpose.

Comment (Location): Located On Tussel Ridge, About 1 Mi SW Of The South Peacock.

Comment (Workings): Workings Consist Of A Caved Adit, 2 Open Cuts.


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): 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.

Reference (Deposit): V.E. Mitchell, Et, Al; Mines And Prospects Map Series, 1981, Grangevile Quad, Loc #119, 120.

Reference (Deposit): Close, T.J., And Others, Mineral Resources Of The Hells Canyon Wilderness Area And Portions Of The Hells Canyon National Recreation Study Area, Adams, Idaho, And Nez Perce Counties, Idaho, And Wallowa County, Oregon: Unpublished U.S. Bureau Of Mines File Report, P. 177.

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