Payette Placer

The Payette Placer is a garnet, zirconium, thorium, tantalum, uranium, niobium (columbium), and gold mine located in Boise county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,400 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: Payette Placer  

State:  Idaho

County:  Boise

Elevation: 5,400 Feet (1,646 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Garnet, Zirconium, Thorium, Tantalum, Uranium, Niobium (Columbium), Gold

Lat, Long: 44.1042, -115.14810

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Payette Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Payette Placer


Commodity

Primary: Garnet
Primary: Zirconium
Primary: Thorium
Primary: Tantalum
Primary: Uranium
Primary: Niobium (Columbium)
Primary: Gold


Location

State: Idaho
County: Boise
District: Unorganized District; Redfish Lake 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: Boise National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Ward Hill, Rich Knoblock, Joseph Davis, Andrew Murray

Owner Name: Rare Metals Corp. Of America Has Lease


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Occurrence
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Sawtooth Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

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

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


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: PLACER DEPOSITS (HOLES 1 - 12) SHOW 0.0320 LBS/CY NB2O5, 0.0015 LBS/CY TA2O5
Analytical Data: 0.0004 LBS/CY U3O8. SAMPLES FROM HOLES 13 - 15 AVG. 0.156 LBS/CY NB2O5 AND 0.007 LBS/CY U3O8. PLACER MATERIAL SAMPLES FROM HOLES 13, 14, 15 RANGED 13 - 18 LBS CONCENTRATES PER CUBIC YARD.


Materials

Ore: Euxenite
Ore: Allanite
Ore: Garnet
Ore: Zircon
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Biotite
Gangue: Epidote


Comments

Comment (Location): SECTION 36 ALSO INCLUDED LAND STATUS VALUE CALCULATED 7-94 USING GIS OVERLAY ANALYSIS WITH USFS LAND OWNERSHIP BOUNDARIES, 1:126,720 SCALE.

Comment (Workings): 17 HOLES FROM 40-177 FT. DEEP AND SEVERAL BULLDOZER TRENCHES


References

Reference (Reserve-Resource): Kiilsgaard, T. H., And Others, 1970, Mineral Resources Of The Sawtooth Primitive Area, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 1319-D, 174p.

Reference (Deposit): Kiilsgaard, T. H., And Others, 1970, Mineral Resources Of The Sawtooth Primitive Area, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 1319-D, 174p.

Reference (Deposit): 1958 DIREXPL RARE METALS CORP. OF AMERICA, USGS BULL. 1319-D.

Reference (Deposit): Kiilsgaard, T. H., And Others, 1970, Mineral Resources Of The Sawtooth Primitive Area, Idaho: USGS Bulletin 1319-D, 174p.


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