Blue Cloud Claims

The Blue Cloud Claims is a beryllium mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,600 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: Blue Cloud Claims  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 4,600 Feet (1,402 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Beryllium

Lat, Long: 43.6783, -115.59530

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Blue Cloud Claims MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Blue Cloud Claims
Secondary: White Knob Group
Secondary: Whirly Bird Group


Primary: Beryllium
Tertiary: Molybdenum


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Rocky Bar 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: Boise National Forest


Type: Located Claim


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Prospect
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Surface
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Sawtooth Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Type: L
Description: Minor Fault Striking N 25 Deg W And Dipping 66 Deg S Intersects The 2 Veins


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Silicification, Sericitization


Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: VEIN IN PIT 1 CONTAINED 0.18 % BEO
Analytical Data: 1 VEIN SAMPLE CONTAINED 3.51 % BEO


Gangue: Limonite
Gangue: Feldspar
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Mica


Comment (Location): Sw Of Jct Of Sheep Creek And Devils Creek; From Boise To Deposit: E For 18 Mi On Highway 21 , Ne For 24.5 Mi On Atlanta Rd, E For 4 Mi Along Sheep Creek Horse Trail, And 5 For 0.5 Mi Up Devils Creek

Comment (Deposit): 2 Parallel Veins 7 Inches Apart; Strike And Dip Above For Veins Above Fault; The Lower Segments Strike N 61 Deg E And Dip 60 Deg N; A Vein In Pit 1 Strikes N 65 Deg E, Dips 62 Deg N, And Is 7 Inches Wide

Comment (Workings): Discovery Pit And 3 Other Pits


Reference (Deposit): Pattee, E. C., And Others, 1968 , Beryllium Resources Of Idaho, Washington, Montana, And Oregon: USBM Rept. Inv. 7148 , 169 P

Reference (Deposit): U.S. Bureau Of Mines Open-File Report MLA 10-91, 1991, P. 12.

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