Vesuvius Mine

The Vesuvius Mine is a gold mine located in Idaho county, Idaho at an elevation of 7,700 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: Vesuvius Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 7,700 Feet (2,347 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.6125, -115.67860

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Vesuvius Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Vesuvius Mine


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Silver
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Zinc


Location

State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: Buffalo Hump 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


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Charles Sweeney (Sweeney Investment Co.)


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Year: 1898
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
Physiographic Detail: Clearwater Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: LENS


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation


Rocks

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: TAILINGS $6/TON.
Analytical Data: SURFACE SAMPLES OVER 24 FT. AVE $34.81, 9 FT. AVG. $458, 3 FT. AVE $712/TON


Materials

Ore: Galena
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Covellite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comments

Comment (Location): Near Head Of Lake Creek, About .5 Mi Above Calendar Is Located Vesuvius; Big Buffalo Is Short Distance.

Comment (Production): $250000 Production Value. Vesuvius Milled Ore Reported To Have Run $9 Au/Ton

Comment (Development): 10 - Stamp Mill

Comment (Workings): 200 Ft Shaft On The Vesuvius Vein

Comment (Geology): Schistosity Strikes N 45 Deg E, Dips 45 Deg W At Big Buffalo

Comment (Deposit): Vesuvius Vein Attitude Given Above; Big Buffalo Vein Strikes N 11 Deg E, Dips 80 Deg W


References

Reference (Deposit): Shenon, P. J., And Reed, J. C., 1934, Geology Of The Elk City Mining District, Idaho: Am. Inst. Mining And Metall. Engineers Tech. Pub. 562, 22 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1900 Compile State Mine Inspector'S Annual Report

Reference (Deposit): 1904 Compile State Mine Inspector'S Annual Report

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

Reference (Production): Item 8, Bell, R. N., 1904, Annual Mining Industry Report; Item 9, Shenon, P. J., And Reed, J. C., 1934, USGS Circ. 9

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): Czizek, J. A., 1900, Report Of The Inspector Of Mines For State Of Idaho For The Year 1899.

Reference (Deposit): Bell, R. N., 1904, Report Of The Mining Districts Of Idaho For The Year 1903.


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