Musselshell Creek Placer

The Musselshell Creek Placer is a gold mine located in Clearwater county, Idaho at an elevation of 3,199 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: Musselshell Creek Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Clearwater

Elevation: 3,199 Feet (975 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 46.35194, -115.75611

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Musselshell Creek Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Musselshell Creek Placer


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Secondary: REE
Secondary: Thorium
Tertiary: Titanium
Tertiary: Zirconium
Tertiary: Garnet


Location

State: Idaho
County: Clearwater
District: Musselshell 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: Clearwater National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Not available


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Clearwater Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Alluvium
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene

Name: Alluvium
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Holocene

Name: Alluvium
Role: Host
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 3.3% THORIA
Analytical Data: 860 FINE GOLD


Materials

Ore: Monazite
Ore: Zircon
Ore: Ilmenite
Ore: Rutile
Ore: Garnet
Gangue: Chromite
Gangue: Magnetite


Comments

Comment (Location): THE CREEK HAS BEEN WORKED FOR 8 MILES UPSTREAM FROM THIS LOCATION


References

Reference (Deposit): STALEY, W. W., 1940, MINING ACTIVITY IN THE NORTH FORK OF THE CLEARWATER RIVER AREA: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 54, 6 P.

Reference (Deposit): SAVAGE, C. N., 1961, ECONOMIC GEOLOGY OF CENTRAL IDAHO BLACKSAND PLACERS: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULL. 17, P. 12.

Reference (Deposit): ANDERSON, A. L., 1930, THE GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE REGION ABOUT OROFINO, IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 34, 63 P.

Reference (Deposit): SHRADER, F. C., 1909, AN OCCURRENCE OF MONAZITE IN NORTHERN IDAHO: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY BULL. 430, P. 184 - 191.

Reference (Deposit): 1909 OTHER SHRADER, F. C., BULL. 430

Reference (Deposit): 1930 GEOLMAP IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 34

Reference (Deposit): 1940 COMPILE IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 54

Reference (Deposit): 1961 OTHER IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULL. 17

Reference (Production): ANDERSON, A. L., 1956, IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 34, 63 P.


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