Copper Chief Mine

The Copper Chief Mine is a copper mine located in Latah county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,379 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: Copper Chief Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Latah

Elevation: 2,379 Feet (725 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 46.7289, -116.63860

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Copper Chief Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Copper Chief Mine


Commodity

Primary: Copper
Tertiary: Kyanite
Tertiary: Cobalt


Location

State: Idaho
County: Latah
District: Troy District


Land Status

Land ownership: Private
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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Troy Sillimanite Co.; Al And Robt. Olson

Owner Name: Olsen, Al And Robert


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Walla Walla Plateau
Physiographic Detail: Palouse Range


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: LENTICULAR


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Schist
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Schist
Role: Host
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Schist
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Cobaltite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Bornite
Ore: Sillimanite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Production): APPROX. VALUES, CONSIDERABLE HIGH GRADING REPORTED COULD RESULT IN CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATES. ALSO UNPUBLISHED PRODUCTION FIGURES FOR INDIVIDUAL MINES IN DISTRICT PLACE TOTAL PRODUCTION CONSIDERABLY HIGHER

Comment (Geology): QTZ. VEINS CONTAINING AU, AG, AND SOME CU CUT RHYOLITE ASH FLOW TUFFS IN THE EASTERN PART OF DISTRICT, AND CUT SIMILAR RX AND INT. VOLC. RX IN THE WEST.

Comment (Deposit): WITH DECREASING SUPPLIES OF BAUXITE, ALUNITE MUST AGAIN BE CONSIDERED AS AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF ALUMINA

Comment (Location): 6 MI W OF TEXAS RIDGE; ADJOINS TROY SILLIMANITE CO. PROSPECT

Comment (Workings): 3 ADITS AT DIFFERENT ELEVATIONS ALONG CREEK NEAR CREEK BED. SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET WORKINGS.

Comment (Production): SOME CU MATTE SMELTED IN CRUDE FURNACE

Comment (Development): 7/8 INCH CORE DRILLING MACHINE USED. 3 UNPATENTED CLAIMS IN 1921

Comment (Deposit): ABOUT 10 ACRES

Comment (Location): 27 MI. BY ROAD NE OF HAWTHORNE VIA RYAN CANYON AND NUGENT WASH


References

Reference (Deposit): HUBBARD, C. R., 1956, IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY OPEN-FILE REPORT, 1 P.

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

Reference (Deposit): 1956 RECON IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY OPEN-FILE REPT.

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


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