Blue Bird Mine

The Blue Bird Mine is a gold and silver mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 7,080 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 Bird Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation: 7,080 Feet (2,158 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver

Lat, Long: 46.35889, -112.16611

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Blue Bird Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Blue Bird Mine
Secondary: Pen Yan Mine


Commodity

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


Location

State: Montana
County: Jefferson
District: Colorado (Corbin-Wickes) District


Land Status

Not available


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface


Ownership

Owner Name: Louis Peura, 1821 Lowell Ave., Butte, Mont.

Owner Name: Louis Peura


Production

Year: 1946
Time Period: 1902-1946
Material type: ORE
Description: Cp_Grade: ^ 65 Oz/Ton Ag
Year: 1893
Time Period: 1887-1893
Material type: ORE
Description: Cp_Grade: ^0.56 Oz/Ton Au


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1887
Year Last Production: 1957
Discovery Year: 1887
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: IRREGULAR SHOOTS


Structure

Type: R
Description: Boulder Batholith, South-Trending Syncline In Elkhorn Mountains Volcanics

Type: L
Description: Bluebird - Mount Washington Shear Zone About 4 Km Long, Roof Pendant Of Elkhorn Mountains Volcanics


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Pyritization, Sericitization


Rocks

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: FROM MAIN TUNNEL: 6-7% CU, 0.5 OZ/TON AU, 65 OZ/TON AG, 1-3% ZN.
Analytical Data: 19 OZ/TON AG, 3% CU FROM LAST 70 YRS (1963)


Materials

Ore: Bornite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Galena
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Malachite
Gangue: Anglesite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Rhodochrosite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Tourmaline


Comments

Comment (Workings): OPENED BY 1000 FT VERTICAL SHAFT, 4146 FT OF DRIFTS, 2320 FT ADIT. MAIN LEVEL IS A 2000 FT ADIT TO CUT VEIN 400 FT BELOW OUTCROP. 2 LEVELS WERE DRIVEN FROM A 200 FT WINZE BELOW THE MAIN ADIT AND AT LEAST 1 LEVEL WAS DRIVEN ABOVE MAIN ADIT. INACCESSABLE IN 1963.

Comment (Geology): POST-MINERALIZED FAULTING.

Comment (Location): UTM LOCATION OF MAIN ADIT PORTAL

Comment (Production): PEN YAN PRODUCTION TOTALED 428 ST AT 0.2 TOZ/ST AU, 10 TOZ/ST AG, AND 0.25% CU.

Comment (Development): BLUEBIRD MINED MAINLY FOR AG. 5 PATENTED CLAIMS: BLUEBIRD, EVENING STAR, ESCANABA, BLUE BELL, BLACK BIRD.

Comment (Deposit): ORE IN 2 BODIES: ONE NEAR BLUEBIRD SHAFT AND ONE WEST OF IT NEAR THE PENYAN SHAFT. THE PEN YAN ORE WAS VALUABLE FOR AU, THE BLUE BIRD HAD MORE AG. THE ORE OCCURS IN SHOOTS ALONG A PROFOUNDLY TOURMALINIZED ZONE. THE ROCK OF THIS ZONE HAS BEEN SO THROUGHLY RECRYSTALLIZED THAT ITS ORIGINAL CHARACTER IS NO LONGER RECOGNIZABLE.


References

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 30, P. 24.

Reference (Deposit): USGS PP 428, P. 72-73.

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16, P. 49.

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 10, P. 25.

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 527, P. 50-51, 111-14.

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 842, P. 242-43.

Reference (Production): MBMG BULL. 16


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