Hand Spike Group

The Hand Spike Group is a copper mine located in Kootenai county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,999 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: Hand Spike Group  

State:  Idaho

County:  Kootenai

Elevation: 2,999 Feet (914 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 47.7056, -116.38690

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Hand Spike Group MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Hand Spike Group
Secondary: Little North Fork Mining Co.


Primary: Copper
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Silver


State: Idaho
County: Kootenai
District: Little North Fork 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: Patented


Type: Underground


Owner Name: Little N. Fork Mining And Milling Co.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Prospect
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Year: 1903
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

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Type: R
Structure: Faulted Anticlinal Uplift Of WNW Trend

Type: L
Structure: Burnt Cabin Fault


Alteration Type: L
Alteration: Oxidation

Alteration Type: L
Alteration: Sericitization


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Analytical Data

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Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Chalcocite
Ore: Malachite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Siderite
Gangue: Ankerite


Comment (Location): Across From Mouth Of La Verne Creek

Comment (Development): 3 Patented Claims

Comment (Geology): Original Structures entry: Local - Vein Near Burnt Cabin Fault Regional - Broad Much - Faulted Anticlinal Uplift Of Wnw Trend

Comment (Geology): Original alteration entry: Local - Sericitization, Oxidation

Comment (Geology): Original ore control entry: Fault Fissure


Reference (Deposit): Umpleby, J. B., And Jones, E. L., Jr., 1923 , Geology And Ore Deposits Of Shoshone Co., Idaho: USGS Bulletin 732 , P. 115

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

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