Bethlehem Mine

The Bethlehem Mine is a lead mine located in Boundary county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,199 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: Bethlehem Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Boundary

Elevation: 4,199 Feet (1,280 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Lead

Lat, Long: 48.8931, -116.30470

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Bethlehem Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Bethlehem Mine
Secondary: Dora Tunnel Prospect
Secondary: Brush Lake Mines
Secondary: Mable Tunnel


Primary: Lead
Tertiary: Gold
Tertiary: Silver
Tertiary: Tungsten
Tertiary: Sulfur
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Zinc


State: Idaho
County: Boundary
District: Brush Lake 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: Kaniksu National Forest


Type: Located Claim


Type: Underground


Owner Name: W. Tilley

Owner Name: Bethlehem Mining Co.


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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: Purcell Range

Mineral Deposit Model

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Type: L
Structure: Gouge Seam

Type: L
Structure: Vein In Sill

Type: L
Description: Kaniksu Batholith; Vein In Sill


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

Name: Quartzite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

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

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

Analytical Data

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Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Galena
Gangue: Pyrrhotite
Gangue: Siderite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Deposit): One Vein Strikes N 50 Deg W, Dips 43 - 53 Deg Sw

Comment (Development): W. Tilley Did Direxpl In 1968, Working On Lowest Adit: $5 To $10/Ton, For All Metals

Comment (Workings): Lowest Adit Is 400 Ft Long, Strikes N 60 Deg E, In A Sill; Main Level, Open Cuts, 2 Short Adits On Joint Planes

Comment (Development): 7 Unpatented Claims


Reference (Deposit): Soper, E. K., 1918 , Mining Districts Of Northern Idaho: Mining And Scientific Press, V. 116 , P. 121 - 126

Reference (Deposit): 1926 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Bulletin 10

Reference (Deposit): Kirkham, Virgil R. D., And Ellis, Ernest W., 1926, Geology And Ore Deposits Of Boundary County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Bulletin, No. 10, 78 P.

Reference (Deposit): Brackebusch, F. W., 1969, Economic Geology Of The Queen Mountain Area, A Part Of The Purcell Range, Boundary County, Idaho: Unpublished Thesis, Univ. Idaho, 76 P.

Reference (Deposit): Kiilsgaard, T. H., 1951, Descriptions Of Some Ore Deposits And The Relationships To The Purcell Sills, Boundary County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geol. Pamphlet 85, 31 P.

Reference (Deposit): Bishop, Don, Geology Of Boundary County: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet In Preparation.

Reference (Deposit): 1951 Other Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pamphlet 85

Reference (Deposit): 1968 Direxpl Tilley Worked On Lowest Adit: $5 - $10 Per Ton All Metals

Reference (Deposit): 1973 Other Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Open - File Rept.

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