Smith Mine

The Smith Mine is a gold mine located in Gem county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,400 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: Smith Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Gem

Elevation: 4,400 Feet (1,341 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.8544, -116.30970

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Smith Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Smith Mine


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Silver


State: Idaho
County: Gem
District: West View District

Land Status

Land ownership: Private
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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Type: Underground


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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: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Physiographic Detail: Sawtooth Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Alteration Type: L
Alteration: Pyritized

Alteration Type: L
Alteration: Sericitized


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

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: HAND - SORTED ORE: $80/TON (AU)


Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Dolomite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Location): North Side Of Willow Cr.

Comment (Production): Some Hand - Sorted Ore Was Shipped At $80/Ton

Comment (Deposit): Strike Of Lodes Varies N 70 - 85 Deg W, Dip Varies 50 - 70 Deg N

Comment (Workings): 3 Tunnels

Comment (Geology): Original alteration entry: Local - Sericitized, Pyritized


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, Alfred L., 1934, Geology Of The Pearl - Horseshoe Bend Gold Belt, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pamphlet 41, P. 2

Reference (Production): Anderson, A. L., 1934, Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pamphlet 41, P. 29

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