The Mine is a chromium mine located in Sierra county, California at an elevation of 5,322 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: Mine  

State:  California

County:  Sierra

Elevation: 5,322 Feet (1,622 Meters)

Commodity: Chromium

Lat, Long: 39.60639, -120.85861

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Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Mine


Primary: Chromium
Secondary: Gold


State: California
County: Sierra
District: Downieville 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.


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Owner Name: White Bear Mining Co.
Years: 1942 -

Owner Name: C. L. Best, Ruby-Oxford Mines
Years: 1943 -


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


General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Sierra Nevada

Mineral Deposit Model

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Analytical Data

Analytical Data: CR TO FE RATIO 1.86
Analytical Data: ORE CONTAINED 41.41 % CR203


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Comment (Production): TOTAL PRODUCTION APPROX. 329 LT 1918-1943.

Comment (Deposit): DEPOSIT STRIKES N AND DIPS 40E.

Comment (Location): LOCATED ON LINE BETWEEN SECT. 9 AND 16.


Reference (Deposit): RYNEARSON, G.A., 1953, CDMG BULL 134, PT. 3, CHAPT.5P. 252, 253.

Reference (Deposit): ON SEC.LINE 9,16;

Reference (Production): CDMG BULL 134, PT. 3, CHAPT. 5, P. 253.

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