Wonder Mine

The Wonder Mine is a gold mine located in Idaho county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,902 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: Wonder Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 4,902 Feet (1,494 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.7858, -115.66110

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Wonder Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Wonder Mine


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Silver


State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: Tenmile 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: Underground


Owner Name: Ernest Butler


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Underground
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: Granite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Granite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Granite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Granite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: ORE SHOOTS SAID TO CARRY $16 - $17/TON


Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Location): W Of Old Golden, Near The Divide Between Buckhorn And Tenmile Creeks

Comment (Production): Value Over $10000

Comment (Development): 8 Claims

Comment (Workings): 2 Levels

Comment (Location): Original coordinates for line#1 were: lat/long NAD27 45-47-8N 115-39-32W (45.78556 -115.65889); UTM N5070900 E604500 Z11N; PLSS line# 1: Meridian- Boise, TWNSHP 028N, RNG 006E, Sect 12, Sect_fract .


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 (Deposit): Staley, W. W., 1962, Wonder Mine: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Open-File Rept.

Reference (Deposit): 1934 Recon P. J. Shenon And J. C. Reed, Circ 9

Reference (Deposit): 1962 Recon Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Open-File Rept

Reference (Production): Staley, W. W., 1962, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Open-File Rept.

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