Crooked Creek Placer

The Crooked Creek Placer is a gold mine located in Idaho county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,551 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: Crooked Creek Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 5,551 Feet (1,692 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.54472, -115.45778

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Crooked Creek Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Crooked Creek Placer
Secondary: Dixie
Secondary: Dixie Placers


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Titanium
Tertiary: REE


State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: Dixie 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: Nez Perce National Forest


Type: Patented
Type: Located Claim


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Owner Name: J. G. Wenzel

Owner Name: F. M. Beller, L. J. Burrows


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
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: Clearwater Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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

Name: Alluvium
Role: Host
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: GRAVEL AVG. $0.20/C.Y.


Ore: Euxenite
Ore: Ilmenite
Ore: Monazite
Ore: Garnet
Ore: Rutile
Ore: Gold
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Development): 1 Patented Placer Claim 19000 Ft Long ; Econ.Com: Deposits Do Not Contain Sufficient Amounts Of Heavy Minerals To Warrant Mining

Comment (Geology): Idaho Batholith And Biotite Gneiss Are Principal Sources Of Monazite; Origin Of Euxenite Unknown

Comment (Location): Valley Of Crooked Creek From Mouth Of Horse Flats Creek To Point 2000 Ft S Of Dixie; Plotted In Section 34


Reference (Deposit): Beeder, J. R., 1958, The Bedrock Geology And Placer Deposits Of The Dixie District, Idaho County, Idaho: Moscow, Idaho, Univ. Of Idaho, M.S. Thesis, 50 P.

Reference (Deposit): Capps, S. R., And Roberts, R. J., 1939, The Dixie Placer District, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 48, 35 P.

Reference (Deposit): Lorain, S. H., And Metzger, O. H., 1938, Reconnaissance Of Placer Mining Districts In Idaho County, Idaho: USBM Inf. Circ. 7023, 93 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1938 Recon USBM Inf. Circ. 7023

Reference (Deposit): 1939 Recon Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 48

Reference (Production): Capps, S. R., And Roberts, R. J., 1939, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 48

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