Paymaster Mine

The Paymaster Mine is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,749 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: Paymaster Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 6,749 Feet (2,057 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.78, -115.12640

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Paymaster Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Paymaster Mine
Secondary: Anna and Paymaster Mines


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: 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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Type: Surface/Underground


Owner Name: Joseph A. Briggs


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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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Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation , Gouge


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

Name: Granodiorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Diorite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Granite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pleistocene

Analytical Data

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Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Development): 2 Patented, 4 Unpatented Claims

Comment (Commodity): Fine Free Gold May Be Panned From Crushed Outcrop Samples.

Comment (Location): On A Tributary Of Quartz Creek, Less Than 1/2 Mi W. Of The Monarch Mine ; An Offshoot Of The Atlanta Lode, Just W. Of The Buffalo Shaft.; Previous Quad Designation = Boise 1:250000; Latitude-Longitude Values Calculated From Township, Range, Section.

Comment (Deposit): Length Of Lode Includes Extension Across Yuba Divide

Comment (Workings): Several Hundred Feet Of Workings. Ground Is Very Heavy. . All Underground Workings Now Caved (1967). Veins Cut By Several Bulldozer Cuts Now Partially Sluffed Closed.


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1939, Geology And Ore Deposits Of Atlanta District, Elmore Co., Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 49, P. 68.

Reference (Deposit): Green, W.R., 1967, Anna And Paymaster Mines: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Open-File Report.

Reference (Deposit): 1939 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 49

Reference (Deposit): 1967 Other Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Open-File Report

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