Snake River Placers

The Snake River Placers is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,799 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: Snake River Placers  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 2,799 Feet (853 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 42.9378, -115.58080

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Snake River Placers MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Snake River Placers
Secondary: Indian Cove Placer


Primary: Gold


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Hammett Area

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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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Discovery Year: 1862
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

Mineral Deposit Model

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Name: Sand and Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Holocene

Name: Sand and Gravel
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: 943 FINE.
Analytical Data: AVERAGES 3,000 - 5,000 PARTICLES TO ONE CENT (AT $35.00 PER OZ.)


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Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: EARLY 1860'S

Comment (Production): Production Extremely Difficult To Ascertain Because Of Haphazardness Of Early Reporting And Because Of The Creation Of New Counties From Old Ones.


Reference (Deposit): Bergendahl, M. H., 1964, Mineral Resources - Gold, In Mineral And Water Resources Of Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Special Report No. 1, P. 98.

Reference (Deposit): Staley, W. W., 1946, Gold In Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 68, 30 P.

Reference (Deposit): Staley, W. W., 1946, Fine Gold Of Snake River And Lower Salmon River, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 72, 10 P.

Reference (Deposit): Hite, Thomas H., 1933, Fine Gold And Platinum Of Snake River, Idaho: Econ. Geology, V. 28, No. 3, P. 256 - 265.

Reference (Deposit): 5) Koschmann, A. H. And Bergendahl, M. H., 1968, Principal Gold Producing Districts In The United States: U.S. Geological Survey Prof. Paper 610, P. 120 - 140.

Reference (Deposit): 1946 Compile IBMG Pamphlet 68

Reference (Deposit): 1946 Recon IBMG Pamphlet 72

Reference (Deposit): 1964 Compile IBMG Special Rept. No. 1, P. 98.

Reference (Deposit): 1968 Compile Koschmann And Bergendahl, Prof. Paper 610

Reference (Production): Staley, W. W., 1946: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 68, 30 P.

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