American Girl Mine

The American Girl Mine is a silver and lead mine located in Boundary county, Idaho at an elevation of 3,399 feet.

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Mine Info

Name: American Girl Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Boundary

Elevation: 3,399 Feet (1,036 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Lead

Lat, Long: 48.9181, -116.32940

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American Girl Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: American Girl Mine
Secondary: Big Pay Day Mining Company


Primary: Silver
Primary: Lead
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Molybdenum
Tertiary: Gold
Tertiary: Zinc


State: Idaho
County: Boundary
District: Moyie-Yaak 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: John Anderson


Not available


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

Not available




Type: R
Description: Bethlehem Fault Which Strikes N 40 Deg W, Dips 45 Deg Sw, And Is About 100 Ft. Wide.

Type: L
Description: Fractures Associated With The Bethlehem Fault. Gouge. Brecciation. Narrow Vein Strikes Perpendicular To Latter And Dips Steeply Se.


Not available


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

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 4 ASSAYS SHOW 12.7 - 23.8% PB, 3.0 - 6.4 OZ. AG/TON.


Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Anglesite
Ore: Molybdenite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Development): 13 Unpatented Claims. Ddh By Jane Silver - Lead Min. Co.

Comment (Production): Mine Said To Have Produced Shipping Ore And Mill Feed, But There Are No Records Of Production.

Comment (Workings): Tunnel, Crosscuts, Drifts

Comment (Deposit): Quartzite Strikes N 42 Deg E, Dips 20 Deg E


Reference (Deposit): Kiilsgaard, T. H., 1951, Descriptions Of Some Ore Deposits And Their 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 Geol. Pamphlet, In Preparation.

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

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

Reference (Production): Bishop. D., 1973, Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pamphlet In Prep.

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): Kirkham, V. R. D., And Ellis, E. W., 1926, Geology And Ore Deposits Of Boundary County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Bulletin 10, 78 P.

Reference (Deposit): Soper 1918 Mining And Sci Press V 116 P 126

Reference (Deposit): Le Moine 1959 Ms Thesis Univ Of Idaho Moscow, Idaho

Reference (Deposit): King 1964 Id Bur Mines And Geol Sp Rept No 1 P 133-138

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