Mount Washington Mine

The Mount Washington Mine is a gold, lead, copper, and silver mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 6,719 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: Mount Washington Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation: 6,719 Feet (2,048 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Lead, Copper, Silver

Lat, Long: 46.35639, -112.14361

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Mount Washington Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Mount Washington Mine


Commodity

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


Location

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


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: L. H. And L. Mining Co.,
Home Office: Grand Junction, Co.


Production

Year: 1951
Time Period: 1902-1951 0.15%
Material type: CU
Description: Cp_Grade: ^3.1 %


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1891
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 LENS-LIKE SHOOTS


Structure

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

Type: L
Description: Quartz Latite Dikes And Plugs, Strong Fault Zone Called Big Fault Cuts Both Veins And Dike, Strike Faults Border Both Veins And Cross Them


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Extensive Alteration To Sericite


Rocks

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

Name: Tuff
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 0.06 OZ/TON AU, 7.4 OZ/TON AG, 4% PB, 0.15 % CU, 3.1% ZN. ORE FROM FROM CLARK WINZE BETWEEN 800 AND 1000 FT LEVEL AVG. 20 OZ/TON AG, 6% ZN, LESS PB.


Materials

Ore: Galena
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Bismuth
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Tourmaline
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Chalcedony


Comments

Comment (Deposit): ORE OCCURS IN A STRONG VEIN WHICH FOR MOST OF ITS LENGTH IS SPLIT BY A POST ORE QUARTZ LATITE DIKE. THE PART OF THE VEIN N OF THE DIKE HAS YIELDED THE MOST ORE. THE N VEIN IS AS MUCH AS 25 FT WIDE AND DIPS STEEPLY TO THE N, EXCEPT BETWEEN THE 200 AND 300 FT LEVEL WHERE IT DIPS STEEPY S, BELOW THE 500 FT LEVEL IT IS NEARLY VERTICAL. THE S VEIN AVERAGES 7 FT IN WIDTH BUT AT W END OF 800 LEVEL IT IS 45 FT WIDE

Comment (Reserve-Resource): TOTAL STOPED AREAS SHOWN ON MINE MAP TOTAL 180,000 ST ASSUMING AVERAGE VEIN THICKNESS OF 7 FT. TOTAL MINERALIZED ROCK ABOVE 1000 LEVEL IS 800,000 ST FOR AN AREA 1400 FT LONG BY 1000 FT DEEP BY 7 FT WIDE. ASSUMING 200,000 ST OF WASTE HAS BEEN REMOVED, AT LEAST 400,000 ST MINERALIZED GROUND SHOULD BE PRESENT. CUTOFF GRADE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ABOUT 4 TOZ/ST AG AND 3% PB. ASSUMED GRADE IS HALF THIS. DEEPER EXPLORATION, PARTICULARLY ON THE SHOOT ABOUT 400 FT. WEST OF THE HOMESTAKE SHAFT, MAY DISCOVER ADDITIONAL ORE BODIES.

Comment (Location): UTM LOCATION OF MOUNT WASHINGTON SHAFT ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1950)

Comment (Development): 6 CLAIMS: KEYSTONE, MOUNT WASHINGTON, MONONGAHELA, IRON MASK, HOMESTAKE, HANDY ANDY, 1 PLACER.

Comment (Deposit): DEER TUNNEL IS PART OF THE BLIZZARD MINE CLAIMS

Comment (Geology): QUARTZ LATITE DIKE THAT SPLITS VEIN PROBABLY CONNECTS AT EITHER END WITH TWO PLUGS OF QUARTZ LATITE THAT CUT THE SHEAR ZONE. DIKE AVERAGES 25 FT. THICK.

Comment (Workings): MINE IS DEVELOPED BY 1000 FT SHAFT (HOMESTAKE) AND 10 LEVELS, ALL ABOUT 100 FT APART. THE 8TH LEVEL IS OPENED TO THE SURFACE BY A 1900 FT CROSSCUT (DEER TUNNEL) IN A CANYON TO THE NE. (CAVED). IT WAS THE MAIN HAULAGEWAY FOR THE MINE. ANOTHER SHAFT TO EXPLORE S VEIN AND AN ADIT.


References

Reference (Deposit): USGS PP 428, P. 20, 40, 49, 69, 73, PL. 1.

Reference (Production): MBMG BULL. 16

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16, P. 52, 109.

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 842, P. 236-37.


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