Silver Bell Group (CH_201)

The Silver Bell Group (CH_201) is a silver mine located in Custer county, Idaho at an elevation of 8,100 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: Silver Bell Group (CH_201)  

State:  Idaho

County:  Custer

Elevation: 8,100 Feet (2,469 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver

Lat, Long: 44.5381, -115.13470

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Silver Bell Group (CH_201) MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Silver Bell Group (CH_201)
Secondary: Burns Group
Secondary: Lucky Boy
Secondary: Day No. 1


Primary: Silver
Tertiary: Gold
Tertiary: Lead


State: Idaho
County: Custer
District: Seafoam 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: Challis National Forest


Type: Located Claim


Type: Underground


Owner Name: Elmer E. Ogren
Percent: 100.0
Home Office: Idaho
Info Year: 1982

Owner Name: S. M. Burns


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
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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Name: Granite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

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

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: ASSAYS FOUND TRACE - 0.35 OZ AU/TON, 38 OZ AG/TON, 30% PB.


Ore: Galena
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Development): 7 Unpatented Claims

Comment (Deposit): Ore Body Thought To Be Extension of Seafoam Mine Lode

Comment (Workings): 3 Tunnels


Reference (Deposit): Ross, C. P., 1930, Geology And Ore Deposits Of The Seafoam, Alder Creek, Little Smoky, And Willow Creek Mining Districts, Custer And Camas Counties, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 33, 26 P.

Reference (Deposit): Umpleby, J.B., And Livingston, D.C., 1920, A Reconnaissance In South-Central Idaho, Embracing The Thunder Mountain, Big Creek, Stanley Basin, Sheepmountain, And Seafoam Districts, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Bull. 3, 21 P.

Reference (Deposit): Varley, Thos., And Others, 1919, U.S. Bureau Of Mines Bull. 166, P. 74.

Reference (Deposit): 1930 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 33

Reference (Deposit): U.S. Bureau Of Mines Open-File Report MLA 87-83, 1983, Map No. 35, Appendix.

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