The Musselshell Placer is a gold mine located in Clearwater county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,400 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.
Elevation: 4,400 Feet (1,341 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 46.4117, -115.72610
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Musselshell Placer MRDS details
Primary: Musselshell Placer
District: Musselshell District
Land ownership: National Forest
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Administrative Organization: Clearwater National Forest
Owner Name: Musselshell Min. Co. (
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Clearwater Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Holocene
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Analytical Data: 0.88 - 1.85 % THO2
Analytical Data: CHEMICAL ANALYSIS 31.8 - 55.36 % MONAZITE (AVG 40 %)
Analytical Data: CONCENTRATE ANALYSIS 7.5 - 45.0 % MONAZITE, (AVG OF 29 %)
Comment (Deposit): Best Monazite Prospect On High Ground In Upper Gulch Of Gold Run Creek, A Tributary To Musselshell Cr.
Reference (Deposit): V.E. Mitchell, Et. Al; Mines And Prospects Map Series,1981, Hamilton Quad, Location No. 85
Reference (Deposit): Schrader, F. C., 1910 , An Occurrence Of Monazite In Northern Idaho: USGS Bulletin 430 , P. 184 - 191
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