Brown Bear Prospect

The Brown Bear Prospect is a gold mine located in Idaho 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.

Mine Info

Name: Brown Bear Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Idaho

Elevation: 4,199 Feet (1,280 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 45.80528, -115.47000

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Brown Bear Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Brown Bear Prospect
Secondary: Red River Mines, Inc.


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


State: Idaho
County: Idaho
District: Elk City District

Land Status

Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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.


Not available


Type: Underground


Owner Name: Frank Shuemaker, E. C. Skoglar


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


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

Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Form: LENS


Type: L
Description: Brecciation; Vertical Movement Indicated


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Gouge, Oxidation


Name: Plutonic Rock
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pliocene

Name: Plutonic Rock
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Analytical Data

Not available


Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Gold
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Geology): Gneiss Strikes N 10 Deg W, Dips 45 Deg Ne

Comment (Location): On Red River About 2000 Ft Upstream From Tail Race Of Cal-Idaho Placer Pit; 110 Ft Above River

Comment (Deposit): Vein Strikes N 80 Deg E To 80 Deg W


Reference (Deposit): Shenon, P. J., And Reed, J. C., 1934, Geology And Ore Deposits Of The Elk City, Orogrande, Buffalo Hump, And Tenmile Districts, Idaho County, Idaho: USGS Circ. 9, 89 P.

Reference (Deposit): Bell, R. N., 1913, Fourteenth Annual Report Of The Mining Industry Of Idaho For The Year 1912.

Reference (Deposit): Shenon, P. J., And Reed, J. C., 1934 , Geology Of The Elk City Mining District, Idaho: Am. Inst. Mining And Metall. Engineers Tech. Pub. 562 , 22 P.

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