Turtle Mine

The Turtle Mine is a silver mine located in Custer county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,801 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: Turtle Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Custer

Elevation: 6,801 Feet (2,073 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver

Lat, Long: 44.37, -114.30750

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Turtle Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Turtle Mine
Secondary: No Name Mine
Secondary: Turtley


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


State: Idaho
County: Custer
District: Bayhorse District

Land Status

Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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: Bolton, William B.

Owner Name: Bolton, William B. And Donner, Roy


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Method: Unknown
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: Dolomite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cambrian

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: RANDOM SAMPLES ASSAYED $10 - 60 AG, $86 PB


Ore: Galena
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Workings): Several Old Tunnels, Bulldozer Cuts

Comment (Production): Some Production Prior To 1919


Reference (Deposit): Ross, C. P., 1937, Geology And Ore Deposits Of The Bayhorse Region, Custer County, Idaho: USGS Bull. 877, 161 P.

Reference (Deposit): Staley, W. W., 1962, No Name Mine: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Open - File Rept.

Reference (Deposit): Campbell, A., 1947, Forty - Eighth Annual Report Of The Mining Industry Of Idaho For The Year 1946

Reference (Deposit): 1937 Geolmap Ross, C. P., Bull. 877

Reference (Deposit): 1947 Compile 48th Ann. Idaho State Mine Inspector'S Rept., 1946

Reference (Deposit): 1962 Recon Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Open - File Rept.

Reference (Production): Items 8 - 12, Ross, C. P., 1937, USGS Bull. 877, 161 P.; Item 1, Campbell, A., 1947, 48th Annual Report, P. 240.

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