Varnum Prospect

The Varnum Prospect is a copper mine located in Kootenai county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,500 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: Varnum Prospect  

State:  Idaho

County:  Kootenai

Elevation: 2,500 Feet (762 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 47.6372, -116.58190

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Varnum Prospect MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Varnum Prospect


Primary: Copper


State: Idaho
County: Kootenai
District: Wolf Lodge 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.


Type: Patented


Type: Surface/Underground


Owner Name: Wolf Lodge Mining Co.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Prospect
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Underground
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Coeur D'Alene Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Type: R
Structure: Faulted Anticlinal Uplift Of WNW Trend

Type: L
Structure: Osburn Fault


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Name: Diorite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Quartz Diorite
Role: Associated
Description: Quartz Diorite Sill
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Quartz Diorite
Role: Associated
Description: Quartz Diorite Sill
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Analytical Data

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Ore: Malachite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Cuprite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Location): In Chinese Gulch 2 Mi E Of Wolf Lodge Creek

Comment (Development): 6 Patented Claims

Comment (Geology): Original Structures entry: Local - Vein Is .5 Mi Sw Of Osburn Fault Regional - Broad Much - Faulted Anticlinal Uplift Of Wnw Trend

Comment (Geology): Original ore control entry: Fissure


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1940 , Geology And Metalliferous Deposits Of Kootenai County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 53 , 67 P

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