Bonanza Mine

The Bonanza Mine is a gold and copper 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: Bonanza Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

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

Primary Mineral: Gold, Copper

Lat, Long: 45.5447, -115.46750

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Bonanza Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Bonanza Mine
Secondary: Golden Age


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


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: Located Claim


Type: Underground


Owner Name: John Leonard And Sons


Not available


Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Year: 1896
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

Not available





Type: L
Description: Brecciation


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Sericitization, Silicification, Gouge, Limonite


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

Name: Pegmatite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Pegmatite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Analytical Data

Not available


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


Comment (Location): On Crooked Creek At Mouth Of Hundred Dollar Gulch

Comment (Development): 8 Claims


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

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): Roberts, R. J., 1938, The Petrography And Ore Deposits Of The Dixie District, Idaho: Seattle, Washington, Univ. Of Washington, M.S. Thesis, 61 P.

Reference (Deposit): U.S. Bureau Of Mines Open-File Report MLA 8-91, 1991, P. 17-20.

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