Fall Creek Coal Mine

The Fall Creek Coal Mine is a bituminous mine located in Bonneville county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,801 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: Fall Creek Coal Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Bonneville

Elevation: 6,801 Feet (2,073 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Bituminous

Lat, Long: 43.35889, -111.53139

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Fall Creek Coal Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Fall Creek Coal Mine


Commodity

Primary: Bituminous
Tertiary: Uranium


Location

State: Idaho
County: Bonneville
District: Willow Creek - Caribou 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: Caribou National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: J. H. Smith


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Sedimentary
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1922
Discovery Year: 1922
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Middle Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Caribou Range


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Type: L
Description: Gouge, Fractures, Joints, Shear Planes, Anticline Which Trends Nw


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Coal
Role: Host
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Coal
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Early Cretaceous

Name: Coal
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Early Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: A COAL SAMPLE, AS RECEIVED, HAD 4.6% MOISTURE, 20.7% VOLATILE MATTER, 7.7% FIXED CARBON, 67.5% ASH, 3.3% SULFUR, 2,970 BTU'S
Analytical Data: AVG. U CONTENT IN TOP 1 FT OF COAL 0.045% U, MINERALIZATION THEN DECREASED DOWNWARD THRU COAL AND CARBONACEOUS SHALES
Analytical Data: CHANNEL AND GRAB SAMPLES OF COAL AVG. 0.02% U
Analytical Data: SAMPLE ABOVE AS RECEIVED WHEN AIR DRIED ABOUT SAME READINGS OBTAINED


Materials

Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Jarosite


Comments

Comment (Workings): 1 INCLINED SHAFT, 98 FT DOWN DIP, THE BOTTOM 15 FT CAVED; TRENCH IS 3-5 FT DEEP

Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: 1922, U IN 1951


References

Reference (Deposit): VINE, J. D., 1959, GEOLOGY AND URANIUM DEPOSITS IN CARBONACEOUS ROCKS OF THE FALL CREEK AREA, BONNEVILLE COUNTY, IDAHO: USGS BULL. 1055-I, P. 255-294

Reference (Deposit): KIILSGAARD, T. H., 1964, MINERAL RESOURCES - COAL, IN MINERAL AND WATER RESOURCES OF IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY SPEC. REPT. NO. 1, P. 58-66

Reference (Deposit): 1952 RECON J. D. VINE AND G. W. MOORE, CIRC, 212

Reference (Deposit): 1959 RECON J. R. VINE, BULL. 1055-I

Reference (Deposit): 1964 COMPILE IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY SPEC. REPT. NO. 1

Reference (Deposit): VINE, J. D., AND MOORE, G.-W., 1952, URANIUM-BEARING COAL AND CARBONACEOUS ROCKS IN THE FALL CREEK AREA, BONNEVILLE COUNTY, IDAHO: USGS CIRC. 212, 10 P.


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