The Copper Butte Group is a copper and gold mine located in Baker county, Oregon.
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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.
Primary Mineral: Copper, Gold
Lat, Long: 44.94361, -117.52361
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Copper Butte Group MRDS details
Primary: Copper Butte Group
Secondary: Copper Queen
District: Eagle Creek
Land ownership: National Forest
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Administrative Organization: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
Owner Name: M. Cook Or Copper Co.
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Triassic
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Triassic
Comment (Workings): A FEW SHORT TUNNELS AND SHALLOW SHAFTS. ALSO, SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET OF DOZER TRENCHES.THIS PROPERTY ONCE HAD A SMALL FURNACE CONSTRUCTED ON IT; ABOUT 100 TONS OF 12 % COPPER WERE SHIPPED IN THE EARLY DAYS.
Comment (Geology): ORE MINERALS ARE CONCENTRATED ALONG FRACTURES AND DISSEMINATED IN THE UNBROKEN ROCK ; GEOL.DESC: UPPER PART OF FLOW IS HIGHLY AMYGDALOIDAL, WHILE LOWER PART IS DENSE IN CHARACTER.
Comment (Location): LOCATED ON UPPER CLOVER CREEK
Comment (Reserve-Resource): SURFACE CROSSCUTS AND CROSSCUTTING RAISES WOULD BEST DETERMINE HOW MUCH OF THE FLOW CONTAINS COPPER. THERE ARE NO MEASURED OR INDICATED RESERVES.
Comment (Deposit): THE MINERALIZED ZONE IS ABOUT 700 FEET LONG AND 100 FEET WIDE AT THE SURFACE.
Comment (Production): THIS PROPERTY ONCE HAD A SMALL FURNACE CONSTRUCTED ON IT; ABOUT 100 TONS OF 12 % COPPER WERE SHIPPED IN THE EARLY DAYS.
Comment (Deposit): RECORD NUMBER (M014360) MERGED WITH THIS RECORD AND DELETED FROM THE OREGON FILE
Reference (Deposit): HULL, D. H., 1976, COPPER BUTTE MINE: ODGMI UNPUBLISHED REPORT.
Reference (Deposit): OREGON METAL MINES HANDBOOK, 1939 , ODGMI BULL. 14 - A, P. 46 .
Reference (Deposit): HAMMITT, R. W., 1972, THE GEOLOGY AND ORIGIN OF COPPER DEPOSITS NEAR KEATING, OREGON: UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, THESIS.
Reference (Deposit): 1975 REON ODGMI UNPUB. REPOR
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