The Oro Cache Mine is a gold mine located in Lemhi county, Idaho at an elevation of 8,501 feet.
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Elevation: 8,501 Feet (2,591 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 45.2836, -113.69190
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Oro Cache Mine MRDS details
Primary: Oro Cache Mine
Secondary: Ore Cash
Secondary: Idaho Veins
Secondary: Marc Claims
District: Carmen Creek District
Land ownership: National Forest
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Administrative Organization: Salmon National Forest
Type: Located Claim
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Year First Production: 1897
Year Last Production: 1912
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Beaverhead Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Form: TABULAR, DISCONTINUOUS
Structure: Miner Lake Fault
Description: Miner Lake Fault
Alteration Type: L
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic
Analytical Data: GALENA ASSAYED 20 OZ AG/TON
Comment (Location): In Freeman Ck Cirque, 1 Mi Nne Of Freeman Peak. ; Info From Land.St :(1978)
Comment (Production): Primary Production From Or0 Cache Vein. Estimated Total Production: Over $100,000 In Au, Ag And Pb.
Comment (Development): Steam Powered 10-Stamp Mill, Equipped For Amalgamation And Concentration (1897-1914). Freeman Vein Was Originally Separate Operation.
Comment (Deposit): 4 Veins- California, Idaho, Oro Cache, Freeman. Oro Cache Was 4-6 Ft Wide, Deeply Oxidized Shear Zone. Others Were Qtz-Galena Veins, .5-5 Ft Wide. Idaho Vein Was Higest Grade, But Thin And Discontinuous.
Comment (Workings): 9 Adits, Lowest Adit Is 700 Ft Long. All Workings Inaccessible (1976)
Comment (Deposit): Quartzite Trends N20-55e, Steep W Dip ; Info.Src : 1 Pub Lit; 2 Unpub Rept
Comment (Geology): Original alteration entry: Local - Oxidation
Comment (Geology): Original ore control entry: Shear Zone, Subsidiary Fractures To Miner Lake Fault
Reference (Deposit): Mackenzie, W. O., 1949, Geology And Ore Deposits Of A Section Of The Beaverhead Range, East Of Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho: Moscow, Idaho, Univ. Of Idaho, M. S. Thesis, 52 P.
Reference (Deposit): Umpleby, J.B., 1913, Geology and Ore Deposits Of Lemhi County, Idaho; USGS Bulletin528, P.125, 126
Reference (Deposit): Bell, Robert N., 1904, Report Of The Mining Districts Of Idaho For The Year 1903, P. 105.
Reference (Deposit): Peters, D. W., 1976, Divide Planning Unit- Salmon Nat For Rept
Reference (Deposit): Min Res Of Us, 1912-1915, For Years 1911-1914
Reference (Production): Peters, D. W., 1976, Divide Planning Unit- Salmon Nat For Rept
Reference (Deposit): Lipton, D. A., And Others, 1988, Mineral Resources Of The West Big Hole Study Area, Beaverhead County, Montana: U.S. Bureau Of Mines Open File Report MLA 16-88, Appendix B, No. 8, P. 102-105; Plate 1, No. 16.
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