Railroad Mine

The Railroad Mine is a copper mine located in Washington county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,001 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

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: Railroad Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Washington

Elevation: 6,001 Feet (1,829 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 44.7631, -116.79222

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Railroad Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Railroad Mine
Secondary: Held Mine


Commodity

Primary: Copper
Secondary: Bismuth
Secondary: Gold
Secondary: Silver


Location

State: Idaho
County: Washington
District: Cuddy Mountain (Heath) 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


Holdings

Type: Patented


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Peacock, Dr. S.
Years: 1906 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Contact Metasomatic
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Physiographic Detail: Cuddy Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: IRREGULAR PODS, CHIMNEYS


Structure

Type: L
Description: Domes And Folds; Faults And Steeply Tilted Beds


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Pyritization


Rocks

Name: Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic)
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Triassic

Name: Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic)
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Triassic

Name: Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic)
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Eocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: SULFIDES GAVE UP TO 20 % CU
Analytical Data: SOME SELECTED BISMUTH SAMPLES SHOWED 1000 OZ AG/TON
Analytical Data: SOME CARBONATE SAMPLES GAVE 40 % CU


Materials

Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Bornite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Epidote
Gangue: Actinolite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Tremolite
Gangue: Bismuth


Comments

Comment (Development): ECON.COM: ORE IS COARSE IN TEXTURE AND IRREGULAR IN FORM.

Comment (Workings): THERE ARE 2 SHORT CROSS - CUT TUNNELS.

Comment (Geology): CUDDY MOUNTAIN LIMESTONE IS MASSIVE GRAY TO WHITE CHARACTERIZED BY FINE GRAINED TO APHANITIC TEXTURE.

Comment (Location): LOCATED 3 MILES N.E. OF BROWNLEE RANGER STATION.

Comment (Deposit): SEVEN DEVILS VOLCANICS ARE UNDIFFERENTIATED KERATOPHYRES, META - ANDESITES, VOLCANICLASTIC ROCKS, CHERTS, AND LIMESTONE LENSES.


References

Reference (Deposit): EIGHTH ANNUAL REPORT MINING INDUSTRY OF IDAHO.PG 168-172

Reference (Deposit): NINTH ANNUAL REPORT MINING INDUSTRY OF IDAHO PG 207- 210

Reference (Deposit): BELL, R. N., 1904, REPORT OF THE MINING DISTRICTS OF IDAHO FOR THE YEAR 1903, P. 139 - 140.

Reference (Deposit): 1904 COMPILE ANN. REPT. OF IDAHO MINING INDUSTRY FOR 1903

Reference (Deposit): LIVINGSTON, D. C., 1925, RECON. OF MINERAL AND CUDDY MOUNTAIN DISTRICTS: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 13, P. 15 - 16.

Reference (Deposit): 1907 COMPILE ANN. REPT. OF IDAHO MINING INDUSTRY FOR 1906

Reference (Deposit): 1925 RECON IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 13

Reference (Deposit): FANKHAUSER, R. E., 1969, GEOLOGY AND MINERALIZATION OF THE SOUTHERN CUDDY MOUNTAINS, WASHINGTON COUNTY, IDAHO: CORVALLIS, OREGON STATE UNIV., MS THESIS, 138 P.

Reference (Deposit): BRUCE, W. R., 1971, GEOLOGY, MINERAL DEPOSITS, AND ALTERATION OF PARTS OF THE CUDDY MTN. DIST., WESTERN IDAHO: CORVALLIS, OREGON STATE UNIV., PH.D. THESIS, 165 P.

Reference (Deposit): SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT MINING INDUSTRY OF IDAHO PG.139-142

Reference (Deposit): 5) BELL, R.N., 1907 , EIGHTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE MINING INDUSTRY OF IDAHO FOR THE YEAR 1906 , 172 P.


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