Phoenix Mine

The Phoenix Mine is a tungsten mine located in Custer county, Idaho at an elevation of 9,800 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: Phoenix Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Custer

Elevation: 9,800 Feet (2,987 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Tungsten

Lat, Long: 43.8722, -113.72330

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Phoenix Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Phoenix Mine


Primary: Tungsten
Tertiary: Molybdenum


State: Idaho
County: Custer
District: Mackay Area

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: Challis National Forest


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Type: Surface/Underground


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Prospect
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: White Knob Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Type: L
Description: Fractures


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Name: Granite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Paleocene

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

Analytical Data

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Ore: Scheelite
Ore: Molybdenite
Ore: Powellite
Gangue: Garnet


Comment (Location): On A Ridge Near the Head of Mammoth Canyon

Comment (Development): Econ.Com: the Restriction of Ore To Relatively Narrow Shear Zones Will Make Mining Costs High (Cook, 1956)

Comment (Deposit): Dip of Shear Zones Steep

Comment (Geology): Leland (1957) Believes Nelson and Ross' Granite Porphyry Is Lcret-Etert Quartz Monzonite

Comment (Deposit): The Scheelite Partially Fills Cavities In Massive Garnet. Some Molybdenite Is Associated With the Scheelite


Reference (Deposit): Cook, E. F., 1956, Tungsten Deposits Of South-Central Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 108, 40 P.

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): Nelson, W. H., And Ross, C. P., 1968, Geology Of Part Of The Alder Creek Mining District, Custer County, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 1252-A, 30 P.

Reference (Deposit): U.S. Bureau Of Mines Open-File Report MLA 6-91, 1991, Table A-4, No. 581, P. 241.

Reference (Deposit): 1968 Geolmap Nelson, W. H. And Ross, C. P., Bulletin 1252-A

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