Wonder Prospect

The Wonder Prospect is a silver mine located in Gem county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,600 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: Wonder Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Gem

Elevation: 4,600 Feet (1,402 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver

Lat, Long: 43.8658, -116.28970

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Wonder Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Wonder Prospect


Primary: Silver
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Gold


State: Idaho
County: Gem
District: Westview District

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: Past Producer
Operation Type: Surface
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Physiographic Detail: Sawtooth Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Miocene

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Analytical Data

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Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Location): Above And To The Sw Of The I.X.L. On Rock Cr.

Comment (Workings): 4 Tunnels

Comment (Geology): Original ore control entry: Contact Quartz Diorite - Rhyolite Porphyry

Comment (Production): Prod: < $300,000


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, Alfred L., 1934, Geology Of The Pearl - Horseshoe Bend Gold Belt, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pamphlet 41, P. 35

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