American Placer

The American Placer is a gold mine located in Idaho county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,199 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: American Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 4,199 Feet (1,280 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.8875, -115.44940

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American Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: American Placer
Secondary: Golden Rule
Secondary: American River Placer


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Titanium


State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: Elk City 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


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Type: Surface


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Discovery Year: 1906
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: Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene

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

Analytical Data

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Ore: Gold


Comment (Location): Just N Of The Elk Township Line On The W. Side Of The American River

Comment (Production): $6000 Total Production

Comment (Geology): Gravel Principally Quartz, Quartzite, Gneiss, Sandstone, And Granitic Rocks


Reference (Deposit): Shenon, P. J., And Reed, J. C., 1934, Geology And Ore Deposits Of The Elk City, Orogrande, Buffalo Hump, And Tenmile Districts, Idaho County, Idaho: USGS Circ. 9, 89 P

Reference (Production): Shenon, P. J., And Reed, J. C., 1934, USGS Circ. 9

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