Blue Crystal Prospect

The Blue Crystal Prospect is a beryllium mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 8,501 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: Blue Crystal Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 8,501 Feet (2,591 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Beryllium

Lat, Long: 43.9344, -114.99720

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Blue Crystal Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Blue Crystal Prospect


Primary: Beryllium


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Snowyside Peak Area

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: Boise National Forest


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Owner Name: T. W. And D. J. Vargarson And Kenneth Liddiard
Home Office: Idaho
Years: 1960 -


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Prospect
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1960
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: LENS


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Name: Granite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Eocene

Name: Granite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Eocene

Name: Granite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Eocene

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: A 2ND SAMPLE HAD 200 PPM BE ( 0.05 % BEO )
Analytical Data: 7,000 PPM BE ( 1.94 % BEO ) IN ONE SAMPLE TAKEN ACROSS 6 - IN. WIDTH OF LENS


Ore: Beryl
Gangue: Garnet
Gangue: Epidote
Gangue: Feldspar
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Development): 3 Claims

Comment (Location): Adjoins Blue Gem Claim. Se Of Glens Peak Along E Side Of Camp Lake Near Head Of Flytrip Creek. Claims Are Southeast Of Glens Peak Along The East Side Of Camp Lake Near The Head Of Flytrip Creek. Sample Taken Across A 6-Inch Width Of The Lens Contained 7000 Ppm Beryllium.


Reference (Deposit): Kiilsgaard, T. H., And Others, 1970, Mineral Resources Of The Sawtooth Primitive Area, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 1319-D, 174p., P. D107; also on plate 2.

Reference (Deposit): WFOC Mineral Property File No. 0160150072.

Reference (Deposit): V.E. Mitchell, Et. Al, Mines And Prospects Map Series, 1981 Hailey Quad

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