Bear Creek Bar Placer

The Bear Creek Bar Placer is a gold mine located in Idaho county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,500 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: Bear Creek Bar Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 2,500 Feet (762 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.5264, -115.10360

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Bear Creek Bar Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Bear Creek Bar Placer
Secondary: Bear Bar


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Zirconium
Tertiary: Garnet
Tertiary: Titanium


State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: Salmon River 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: L. M. Gwartney And Others


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
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: Gneiss
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Holocene

Name: Gneiss
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: GOLD VALUES BASED ON $47.85/TOZ
Analytical Data: TRACE TO 4.1 CENTS AU/CY


Ore: Zircon
Ore: Ilmenite
Ore: Magnetite
Ore: Rutile
Ore: Gold
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Feldspar
Gangue: Biotite
Gangue: Apatite


Comment (Production): Old Workings Present On Downriver End Of Bar, No Records Available.

Comment (Development): Econ.Com: 1.8 Lb Black Sands/Cy

Comment (Commodity): Placer Covers 4 Hectares With An Est. Volume Of 114,690 Cu. Meters Placer Material And Gold Values Ranging From Trace To 5.4 Cents Per Cu. Meter Based On $1.54 Per Gram In 1973.


Reference (Production): Weis, P. L., Schmitt, L. J., And Tuchek, E. T., USGS Bulletin 1353 - C, P. 46.

Reference (Deposit): Weis, P. L., Schmitt, L. J., And Tuchek, E. T., 1972, Mineral Resources Of The Salmon River Breaks Primitive Area, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 1353-C, P. 46

Reference (Deposit): Cater, F. W., And Others, 1973, Mineral Resources Of The Idaho Primitive Area And Vicinity, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 1304, 431 P.

Reference (Deposit): IBMG Mines And Prospects Of The Elk City Quad., Mitchell, Et Al, 1981.

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