Ford Prospect

The Ford Prospect is a silver mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,699 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: Ford Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 5,699 Feet (1,737 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver

Lat, Long: 43.8658, -115.17690

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Ford Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Ford Prospect


Primary: Silver
Secondary: Gold


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Black Warrior 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: Boise National Forest


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Owner Name: Little Queens Mining Co.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Prospect
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Method: Unknown
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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Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Gouge


Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 0.4 - 0.6 OZ. AG/TON IN 4 SAMPLES.
Analytical Data: 0.01 - 0.02 OZ. AU/TON


Gangue: Limonite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Location): .5 Mi. N. Of Little Queens Mine About 300 Ft Uphill To The E From A Ford On Little Queens R. Road Land Status Value Calculated 7-94 Using Gis Overlay Analysis With Usfs Land Ownership Boundaries, 1:126,720 Scale.

Comment (Development): Econ.Com: No Material Of Minable Grade Disclosed At The Prospect

Comment (Commodity): Sample Contained Gold Value Of 0.69 Gram Per Metric Ton, And 13.7 Gram Silver Per Metric Ton. Quartz Vein Contains Pyrite Crystals.


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

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

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