Horse Creek Placers Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and Horse Bar

The Horse Creek Placers Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and Horse Bar is a gold mine located in Idaho county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,900 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: Horse Creek Placers Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and Horse Bar  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 2,900 Feet (884 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.39583, -114.73111

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Horse Creek Placers Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and Horse Bar MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Horse Creek Placers Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and Horse Bar


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Titanium
Tertiary: Garnet
Tertiary: Iron


State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: Salmon River Breaks Primitive Area

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: Salmon National Forest


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Owner Name: Wade E. Chaffin, Et. Al.
Home Office: Idaho
Years: 1961 -


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Placer
Discovery Year: 1961
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: Gneiss
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene

Analytical Data



Ore: Ilmenite
Ore: Zircon
Ore: Gold
Ore: Magnetite
Ore: Rutile
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Apatite
Gangue: Biotite
Gangue: Feldspar


Comment (Geology): Across The Salmon River To The South, Cater (1973, USGS Bulletin 1304) Labels Weis' Pre - Belt Gneiss As Cretaceous Gneissic Quartz Monzonite Of The Idaho Batholith.

Comment (Commodity): Samples From Pits And Reconnaissance Samples Contained Trace Gold.

Comment (Workings): Total Of 3 Test Pits And 3 Trenches Were Dug

Comment (Location): Placers Extend From Confluence Of Horse Cr. With Salmon R. To 4 Miles Up Horse Cr.; Horse Bar Is Plotted

Comment (Production): Evidence Of Old Placer Workings Exists

Comment (Deposit): 6 Acres


Reference (Deposit): Weis, P. L., Schmitt, L. J., And Tuchek, E. T., 1972, Mineral Resources Of The Salmon River Breaks Primitive Area, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 1353-C, P 3

Reference (Production): Weis, P. L., Schmitt, L. J., And Tuchek, E. T., 1972, USGS Bulletin 1353-C, P 36

Reference (Deposit): Elk City Quad, IBMG Mines And Prospect Map Series, V.E. Mitchell, Et. Al.

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