Bilk Gulch Placer

The Bilk Gulch Placer is a gold mine located in Bonneville county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,801 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: Bilk Gulch Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Bonneville

Elevation: 6,801 Feet (2,073 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.1044, -111.27170

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Bilk Gulch Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Bilk Gulch Placer
Secondary: Caribou City


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Platinum


Location

State: Idaho
County: Bonneville
District: Mount Pisgah 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: Caribou National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Mi Oro Co.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Stream Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1870
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Middle Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Caribou Range


Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Placer Au-PGE


Orebody

Form: STREAM SEDIMENT DEPOSITS


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Syenite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene

Name: Syenite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Pliocene


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Gold
Ore: Platinum


Comments

Comment (Reserve-Resource): THERE IS NOT LIKELY TO BE MUCH PLACER ORE LEFT IN AREA

Comment (Commodity): UNABLE TO FIND SOURCE OF PT DATA (1990); SOURCE MAY BE 1975 REFERENCE, WHICH COULD NOT BE FOUND.

Comment (Production): AN ESTIMATED $50 MILLION WAS PRODUCED IN THE 1880'S AND 1890'S, BUT PRODUCTION WAS MORE LIKELY $250,000/YR FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

Comment (Deposit): PLACERS EXTEND FOR ABOUT 5 MI ALONG BILK GULCH. GRAVELS ARE COARSE AND COMPOSED LARGELY OF ALKALINE IGNEOUS ROCKS.

Comment (Workings): MOSTLY SLUICING AND HYDRAULICKING, SOME DREDGING ATTEMPTED

Comment (Geology): BEDROCK IS SEDIMENTARY ROCKS; ALKALINE ROCKS LIE TO SOUTHWEST AND SUPPLY SEDIMENT TO BILK GULCH DRAINAGE

Comment (Location): IN CARIBOU NATIONAL FOREST. LOCATION GIVEN IS AT TRAIL CROSSING OF BILK GULCH NORTH OF CARIBOU CITY SITE. THERE ARE PROSPECTS AT THE HEAD OF BILK GULCH


References

Reference (Deposit): ROSS, C.P., 1941, THE METAL AND COAL MINING DISTRICTS OF IDAHO, WITH NOTES ON THE NONMETALLIC MINERAL RESOURCES OF THE STATE: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 57, P. 26.

Reference (Deposit): SAVAGE, C.N., 1961, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF BONNEVILLE COUNTY: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY COUNTY REPORT 5, P. 27, 37-39.

Reference (Deposit): IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL SERVICES, 1975, FIRST ANNUAL REPORT ADDENDUM, 95 P.


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