Big Lode Mine

The Big Lode Mine is a gold and silver mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,201 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

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: Big Lode Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 6,201 Feet (1,890 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver

Lat, Long: 43.785, -115.12890

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Big Lode Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Big Lode Mine
Secondary: Leonora
Secondary: Hazel Queen
Secondary: Anna Lode


Primary: Gold
Primary: Silver


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Atlanta District Or Middle Boise 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: Boise National Forest


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Owner Name: Big Lode Mining Co.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Sawtooth Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Type: L
Description: Brecciation


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Fe Oxides, Scorodite


Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: $15 AG/TON, $8 AU/TON, 1870'S PRICES


Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Workings): Workings Reported To Be Extensive

Comment (Location): Midway Between The Tahoma And Monarch Mines; Previous Quad Designation = Boise 1:250000; Latitude-Longitude Values Calculated From Township, Range, Section.

Comment (Development): 20 - Stamp Mill And Concentrator


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1939, Geology And Ore Deposits, Atlanta District, Elmore Co., Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 49, P. 67

Reference (Deposit): 1939 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 4

Reference (Production): Anderson, A. L. 1939, Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 49, P. 66

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