Pole Prospect

The Pole Prospect is a silver mine located in Custer county, Idaho at an elevation of 7,900 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: Pole Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Custer

Elevation: 7,900 Feet (2,408 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver

Lat, Long: 43.9486, -114.67970

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Pole Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Pole Prospect
Secondary: Bismarck
Secondary: Sunbeam


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


State: Idaho
County: Custer
District: Germania Creek 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: Sawtooth National Forest


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Operation Type: Surface
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


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

Mineral Deposit Model

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Form: PODS


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Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Silicification


Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Permian

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 3 SAMPLES CONTAINED TRACE GOLD, 0.5 OZ AG/TON, 0.04% CU, 0.23% PB AND 3.1% ZN.


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Comment (Location): E. Side of Pole Creek Between Grand Prize Canyon and Grand Price Gulch.

Comment (Workings): 13 Dozer Cuts and 2 Diamond Drill Holes


Reference (Deposit): Tschanz, C. M., And Others, 1974, Mineral Resources Of The Eastern Part Of The Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Custer And Blaine Counties, Idaho: USGS Open - File Rept., 648 P

Reference (Deposit): Vannoy, R. M., And Others, 1986, Economic Appraisal Of The Eastern Part Of The Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1545-E, P. 311; Plate 3, No. 157.

Reference (Deposit): Merritt, P. L., 1930, Colubmia University Masters Thesis.

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