McGovern and Hackney Placer

The McGovern and Hackney Placer is a gold mine located in Idaho county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,499 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: McGovern and Hackney Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 5,499 Feet (1,676 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.2869, -115.70530

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McGovern and Hackney Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: McGovern and Hackney Placer


Primary: Gold


State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: Warren 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: Payette National Forest


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Owner Name: J. J. Mc Govern, C. W. Hackney

Owner Name: Idaho Gold Dredging Co.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
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: Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene

Analytical Data

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Ore: Gold


Comment (Development): Pipe Line 2800 Ft Long, 3 Small Giants, Ditch, Flume; Mined By Drifting Prior To Mid - 1930'S ; Econ.Com: Insufficient Water During Dry Season, Necessary To Elevate Tailings Because Of The Low Position Of Bedrock.

Comment (Geology): Gravel Is 97% Quartz Monzonite, 3% Andesite, Pegmatite, Gneiss, Schist, Vein Quartz

Comment (Location): This Deposit Is Reported Just North Of The North Line Of Sec. 3 On The West Side Of Warren Meadows. A 1992 Field Check Of Workings And The Reported Area Indicated Workings In Sec. 34 Where This Record Is Plotted.


Reference (Deposit): Reed, J. C., 1937, Geology And Ore Deposits Of The Warren Mining District, Idaho County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 45, 65 P

Reference (Production): Reed, J. C., 1937, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 45.

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