Jordan Creek Placer

The Jordan Creek Placer is a gold mine located in Custer county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,401 feet.

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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: Jordan Creek Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Custer

Elevation: 6,401 Feet (1,951 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 44.3867, -114.72560

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Jordan Creek Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Jordan Creek Placer


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Silver
Tertiary: Garnet
Tertiary: REE
Tertiary: Uranium
Tertiary: Zirconium


State: Idaho
County: Custer
District: Yankee Fork

Land Status

Land ownership: Private
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.


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Owner Name: Jason Vaught

Owner Name: L. L. Anderson


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Year First Production: 1873
Discovery Year: 1873
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Salmon River Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Type: R
Description: Idaho Batholith


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation


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

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

Analytical Data

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Ore: Brannerite
Ore: Zircon
Ore: Garnet
Ore: Euxenite
Gangue: Augite
Gangue: Hornblende


Comment (Deposit): Deposit Extends 4.5 Miles Upstream (North) From Mouth

Comment (Commodity): Most of the Placer Ground On Jordan Creek Has Been Worked Once; Some Remaining Ground Is Rich.

Comment (Location): The Lower 1 1/4 Mi of Jordan Cr Was Drag-Lined 1948 - 1950

Comment (Production): Total Production Was Approximately $233,000 In 1948 - 1949

Comment (Workings): Mining In 1948 - 1950 Was By Drag-Line.


Reference (Deposit): 1975 Compile USBM, 1974 Mining Activity List

Reference (Production): Choate, Raoul, 1962, Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol., Pamphlet 126, P. 105

Reference (Deposit): Choate, Raoul, 1962, Geology And Ore Deposits Of The Stanley Area: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 126, P. 105

Reference (Deposit): USBM, 1975, Activity Of Idaho Mining Property, 1974, USBM, Boise, Idaho, 61 P.

Reference (Deposit): Ross, C. P., 1927 , Ore Deposits In The Tertiary Lava In The Salmon River Mountains, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 25 , 20 P.

Reference (Deposit): U.S. Bureau Of Mines Open-File Report MLA 6-91, 1991, Table A-3, No. 466, P. 215.

Reference (Deposit): 1962 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 162

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