Snow Creek Mine

The Snow Creek Mine is a gold mine located in Baker county, Oregon.

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: Snow Creek Mine  

State:  Oregon

County:  Baker

Elevation:

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 44.70222, -118.50528

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Snow Creek Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Snow Creek Mine
Secondary: Zelda Mining Co.


Commodity

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


Location

State: Oregon
County: Baker
District: Greenhorn


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: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest


Holdings

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Workings

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Ownership

Not available


Production

Not available


Deposit

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


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Blue Mountain Section


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: TABULAR


Structure

Not available


Alterations

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Rocks

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Pyrrhotite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Bornite
Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Covellite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Geology): GEOL.DESC: ROCKS ARE CUT BY QUARTZ MONZONITE DIKES WITH WHICH MINERALIZED QUARTZ SEAMS 1-6 INCHES THICK ARE ASSOCIATED. MAIN VEIN IS MOSTLY BARREN QUARTZ.

Comment (Production): $52,000 (1905)

Comment (Workings): DEVELOPED BY NUMEROUS ADITS; INCLUDES 1600-FOOT CROSSCUT, A SHAFT 200 FT DEEP, AND 1300 FEET OF DRIFTS.$52,000 (1905)

Comment (Location): NW 1/4


References

Reference (Deposit): OREGON METAL MINES HANDBOOK, 1939 , ODGMI, BULL 14-A, P. 56

Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H. C., AND RAMP, L., 1968 , GOLD AND SILVER IN OREGON: ODGMI, BULL 61 , P. 118 .

Reference (Deposit): ALLEN, R.M., 1948, GEOLOGY AND MINERALIZATION OF THE MORNING MINE AND ADJACENT REGION, GRANT COUNTY, OREGON, ODGMI BULL. 39, P.41


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