Mizpah Mine

The Mizpah Mine is a copper mine located in Latah county, Idaho at an elevation of 3,599 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: Mizpah Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Latah

Elevation: 3,599 Feet (1,097 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 46.9975, -116.50028

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Mizpah Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Mizpah Mine


Commodity

Primary: Copper
Tertiary: Zinc


Location

State: Idaho
County: Latah
District: Hoodoo 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: Challis National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Columbia Mines Corp. (Spokane)


Production

Year: 1918
Material type: ORE
Description: Ap_Grade: ^21 % Cu


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1892
Discovery Method: Unknown
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: BUNCHES

Form: BUNCHES

Form: BUNCHES


Structure

Type: R
Description: Large Open Syncline That Trends Ne

Type: L
Description: Brecciation


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Silicification; Shallow Oxidation; Chlorite; Actinolite


Rocks

Name: Hornblendite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Hornblendite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Hornblendite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: DISSEMINATED SULFIDE ORE ASSAYED 4-5% CU.
Analytical Data: MASSIVE SULFIDE ORE ASSAYED 21% CU


Materials

Ore: Cubanite
Ore: Bornite
Ore: Chalcocite
Ore: Chrysocolla
Ore: Cuprite
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Malachite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Covellite
Gangue: Actinolite
Gangue: Vermiculite
Gangue: Diopside
Gangue: Microcline
Gangue: Epidote
Gangue: Garnet
Gangue: Tourmaline
Gangue: Biotite
Gangue: Marcasite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Siderite
Gangue: Hornblende
Gangue: Pyrrhotite
Gangue: Zircon


Comments

Comment (Geology): LOWER AND MIDDLE MEMBERS OF WALLACE FORMATION TREND N 40-45 E, DIP 40-60 N.

Comment (Location): NEAR HEAD OF MIZPAH CREEK

Comment (Production): 40 CARS OF ORE SHIPPED 1918

Comment (Development): 4 PATENTED CLAIMS IN 1955. 20 UNPATENTED CLAIMS IN 1921

Comment (Workings): ORE BODY IS EXPOSED BY OPEN CUTS, TUNNELS, STOPES

Comment (Deposit): PRINCIPAL MINERALIZATION OCURRS IN 3 ROUGHLY PARALLEL ZONES NEAR CONTACT

Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: EARLY 1890'S; RELOCATED ABOUT 1900


References

Reference (Deposit): HUBBARD, C. R., 1957, MINERAL RESOURCES OF LATAH COUNTY: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY COUNTY REPT. 2, 29 P.

Reference (Deposit): MCNEILL, A., 1971, GEOLOGY OF THE HOODOO MINING DISTRICT, LATAH COUNTY, IDAHO: MOSCOW, UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO, M.S. THESIS, 98 P.

Reference (Deposit): LIVINGSTON, D. C., AND LANEY, F. B., 1920, THE COPPER DEPOSITS OF THE SEVEN DEVILS AND ADJACENT DISTRICTS: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULL. 1, 105 P.

Reference (Deposit): ANDERSON, A. L., 1941, A COPPER DEPOSIT OF THE DUCKTOWN TYPE NEAR THE COEUR D'ALENE DISTRICT, IDAHO: ECON. GEOL., V. 36, NO. 6, P. 641-657.

Reference (Deposit): CLAYTON, A.B., 1934, COPPER VEINS OF THE MIZPAH MINE IN THE HOODOO DISTRICT NEAR HARVARD, IDAHO: MOSCOW, UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO, BS THESIS, 14 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1920 OTHER IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULL. 1

Reference (Deposit): 1935 DIREXPL COLUMBIA MINES CORP

Reference (Deposit): 1957 OTHER IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY CO. REPT. 2

Reference (Production): ANDERSON, A. L., 1941, ECON. GEOL., V. 36, NO. 6, P. 641-657 { HUBBARD, C. R., 1957, IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY CO. REPT. 2, 29 P.


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