Mountain Sheep Placer

The Mountain Sheep Placer is a gold mine located in Idaho county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,100 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: Mountain Sheep Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 2,100 Feet (640 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.3475, -115.51640

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MRDS mine locations are often very general, and in some cases are incorrect. Some mine remains have been covered or removed by modern industrial activity or by development of things like housing. The satellite view offers a quick glimpse as to whether the MRDS location corresponds to visible mine remains.

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Mountain Sheep Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Mountain Sheep Placer
Secondary: Salmon River Placer Co.
Secondary: South Fork Placers


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Titanium
Tertiary: Iron


State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: South Fork Salmon River Addition

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: Prospect
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: Salmon River Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: TRACE TO 9.2 CENTS AU/CY
Analytical Data: GOLD VALUES BASED ON $47.85/TOZ


Ore: Gold
Ore: Magnetite


Comment (Development): Econ.Com: 1.2 Lb Black Sands/Cy

Comment (Deposit): 32 Acres, 1,032,500 C.Y.

Comment (Commodity): Samples Were Taken From Pits And Trenches On 13 Hectares And Showed Gold Values From Trace To 12 Cents Per Cubic Meter. Gold Value Based On A Price Of $1.54 Per Gram. Estimated Volume Of Gravel Material On Site Is 789,449 Cubic Meters.


Reference (Deposit): Cater, F. W., And Others, 1973, Mineral Resources Of The Idaho Primitive Area And Vicinity, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 1304, 431 P

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