The Horse Shoe Placer is a gold mine located in Boise county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,199 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.
Elevation: 4,199 Feet (1,280 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 44.0514, -115.90330
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Horse Shoe Placer MRDS details
Primary: Horse Shoe Placer
District: Boise Basin
Land ownership: Private
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Owner Name: W. T. Birdwell
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral Not In Place
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Sawtooth Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Pliocene
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Comment (Location): 3 MI BELOW GRIMES PASS POWER PLANT ON S. SIDE OF RIVER
Comment (Production): 8 MONTHS OPERATION OVER 4 YEARS IN THE 1930S.
Comment (Workings): AU RECOVERED BY GROUND - SLUICING AND HAND SHOVELING INTO SLUICE BOXES.
Reference (Production): METZGER, O. H., 1938, US BUREAU OF MINES INF. CIRC. 7028, P. 21.
Reference (Deposit): METZGER, O. H., 1938, RECONNAISSANCE OF PLACER MINING IN BOISE COUNTY, IDAHO, U. S. BUREAU OF MINES INF. CIRC. 7028, P. 21
Reference (Deposit): 1938 RECON USBM, INF. CIRC. 702
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