Telegram Placer

The Telegram Placer is a gold mine located in Idaho county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,598 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: Telegram Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 2,598 Feet (792 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.8244, -115.96330

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Telegram Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Telegram Placer


Primary: Gold


State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: Castle Creek 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: Nez Perce National Forest


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Owner Name: Holmes, A. S.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
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: Clearwater Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: GRAVEL AVG. $0.40/C


Ore: Gold


Comment (Location): On South Side Of River, For 1 Mile Above Mouth Castle Cr On S. Fk. Clearwater River

Comment (Production): $2200 In 1916

Comment (Development): Last Worked In 1916 When Gravel Was Dug By Steam Shovel & Washed With Water Brought By Ditch & Flume From Mill Cr.; Patented Claim ; Econ.Com: Operation Failed Due To Heavy Overburden, Large Boulders

Comment (Deposit): Deposit Several Hundred Ft Wide


Reference (Deposit): Reed, J. C., 1934, Gold-Bearing Gravel Of The Nezperce National Forest, Idaho County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 40, P 25 - 26.

Reference (Deposit): Lorain, S. H., And Metzger, O. H., 1938, Reconnaissance Of Placer Mining Districts In Idaho County, Idaho: USBM Inf. Circ. 7023, 93 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1934 Recon Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 40

Reference (Deposit): 1938 Recon USBM Inf. Circ. 7023

Reference (Production): Reed, J. C., 1934, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 40

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