Commonwealth Mine

The Commonwealth Mine is a copper, silver, and gold mine located in Kootenai county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,500 feet.

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Mine Info

Name: Commonwealth Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Kootenai

Elevation: 2,500 Feet (762 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper, Silver, Gold

Lat, Long: 47.8231, -116.65720

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Commonwealth Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Commonwealth Mine
Secondary: Nighthawk
Secondary: Hayden Creek Mines


Primary: Copper
Primary: Silver
Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Barium-Barite


State: Idaho
County: Kootenai
District: Hayden Lake 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: Coeur d'Alene National Forest


Type: Located Claim


Type: Underground


Owner Name: Commonwealth Silver Co.


Not available


Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Year: 1892
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Coeur D'Alene Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

Not available




Type: R
Structure: Faulted Anticlinal Uplift Of WNW Trend

Type: L
Structure: Brecciation


Alteration Type: L
Alteration: Fe - Stain


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

Name: Shale
Role: Host
Description: Limy
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: ASSAYS OF 0.02 TO 0.04 OZ AU / TON AND 4 TO 50 OZ AG / TON


Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Galena
Ore: Malachite
Ore: Barite
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Silver
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Development): 12 Unpatented Claims

Comment (Location): Just Below Mouth Of N Fk

Comment (Commodity): Zn, Up To 32 % Averages 5 %, In Assays. Pb Isotope Composition: Pb206/Pb204 = 19.027 ; Pb207/Pb204 = 15.676 ; Pb208/Pb204 = 39.247

Comment (Geology): Original Structures entry: Local - Brecciation Regional - Broad Much - Faulted Anticlinal Uplift Of Wnw Trend

Comment (Geology): Original alteration entry: Local - Fe - Stain

Comment (Geology): Original ore control entry: Fault - Controlled Fracture


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1940 , Geology And Metalliferous Deposits Of Kootenai County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 53 , 67 P.

Reference (Deposit): Zartman, R. E., And Stacey, J. S., 1971 , Lead Isotopes And Mineralization Ages In Belt Supergroup Rocks, Northwestern Montana And Northern Idaho: Econ. Geology, V. 66 , No. 6 , P. 849 - 860

Reference (Deposit): USBM, 1975 , Activity Of Idaho Mining Properties, 1974 , USBM, Boise, Idaho, 61 P.

Reference (Deposit): Western Mining News, 1974 - 1975 Directory Of Mines In Idaho (Coeur D'Alenes) And Washington, P. 37

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