The Champion Mine is a copper and lead mine located in Custer county, Idaho at an elevation of 8,501 feet.
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Elevation: 8,501 Feet (2,591 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Copper, Lead
Lat, Long: 43.86028, -113.67222
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Champion Mine MRDS details
Primary: Champion Mine
District: Alder Creek District
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: Challis National Forest
Owner Name: Joseph Ausich
Time Period: 1938-1955
Material type: ORE
Description: Cp_Grade: ^8.8 - 13.2 % Pb, 1.4 - 5.3 % Zn, 0.12 - 0.85 % Cu, Au, Ag
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1895
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: White Knob Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Early Permian
Comment (Production): PRODUCTION INTERMITTENT
Comment (Development): 9 UNPATENTED CLAIMS
Comment (Workings): 3 LEVELS; ASSESSMENT WORK PRESENTLY
Comment (Location): SSE FROM EMPIRE MINE
Comment (Geology): SHEAR ZONES TREND NNW AND DIP ALMOST VERTICAL; WOLLASTONITE OCCURS IN CAVE TUNNEL; UMPLEBY (1917) REFERS TO QUARTZ MONZONITE AS GRANITE PORPHYRY AND RHYOLITE DIKES AS TRACHYTE PORPHYRY
Reference (Deposit): LELAND, G. R., 1957, GENERAL GEOLOGY AND MINERALIZATION OF THE MACKAY STOCK AREA: MOSCOW, IDAHO, UNIV. OF IDAHO, M. S. THESIS, 71 P.
Reference (Deposit): MINOBRAS, 1975, IDAHO INDUSTRIAL MINERALS: MINOBRAS
Reference (Deposit): NELSON, W. H., AND ROSS, C. P., 1968, GEOLOGY OF PART OF THE ALDER CREEK MINING DISTRICT, CUSTER COUNTY, IDAHO: USGS BULL. 1252-A, 30 P.
Reference (Deposit): UMPLEBY, J. B., 1917, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE MACKAY REGION, IDAHO: USGS PROF. PAPER 97, 129 P.
Reference (Deposit): 1917 GEOLMAP UMPLEBY, J. B., PROF. PAPER 97
Reference (Deposit): 1968 GEOLMAP NELSON, W. H. AND ROSS, C. P., BULL. 1252-A
Reference (Production): ITEMS 8-13, LELAND, G. R., 1957, UNIV. IDAHO, M. S. THESIS; ITEM 14, NELSON, W. H., AND ROSS, C. P., 1968, USGS BULL. 1252-A
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