South Pole

The South Pole 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: South Pole  

State:  Oregon

County:  Baker

Elevation:

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 44.855, -118.17583

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South Pole MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: South Pole
Secondary: Yankee Jim
Secondary: Oregon Clipper


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Secondary: Silver


Location

State: Oregon
County: Baker
District: Cracker Creek


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.
Administrative Organization: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Brooks Minerals Inc.
Years: 1981 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

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


Physiography

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


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Early Triassic


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Pyrite


Comments

Comment (Workings): LOWER TUNNEL IS REPORTEDLY 1200 FEET LONG.

Comment (Location): LOCATED ON NORTHEAST CONTINUATION OF THE NORTH POLE-COLUMBIA LODE WITHIN ONE HALF MILE OF THE GRANODIORITE. SHOWN AS THE KELLY MINE ON THE BOURNE TOPOGRAPHIC MAP.

Comment (Deposit): SEE NORTH POLE - COLUMBIA LODE (W002492) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. ; INFO.SRC : 2 UNPUB REPT


References

Reference (Deposit): OREGON METAL MINES HANDBOOK, 1939, ODGMI BULL. 14-A, P.42

Reference (Deposit): BROOKS, H.C., AND OTHERS, 1981, MAP OF THE GEOLOGY AND GOLD DEPOSITS OF THE BOURNE QUADRANGLE, BAKER AND GRANT COUNTIES, OREGON; ODGMI MAP GMS-19


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