Whitedelf Mine

The Whitedelf Mine is a lead and silver mine located in Bonner county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,201 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: Whitedelf Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Bonner

Elevation: 2,201 Feet (671 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Lead, Silver

Lat, Long: 48.16333, -116.20000

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Whitedelf Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Whitedelf Mine
Secondary: Pearlvein, Badgelymiddlevein, Pugh Vein, Southandersonvein
Secondary: James E. White Tunnel
Secondary: Norquist Tunnel.


Commodity

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


Location

State: Idaho
County: Bonner
District: Clark Fork Mining 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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Whitedelf Mining And Development Co.

Owner Name: Silverfields Corp.


Production

Year: 1955
Time Period: 1944 - 1955
Material type: ZN
Description: Cp_Grade: ^60 - 237.5 Oz Ag/Ton, 1 - 9.6 % Sb, Cu, Up To 38.6 % Pb, Au, Zn
Year: 1955
Time Period: 1926-1955
Material type: ORE
Description: Cp_Grade: ^33 % Pb, 43 Oz Ag/Ton ( 1928 ), 0.01 - 0.8 % Cu ( 1939 - 1941 ), Zn, Au


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1926
Discovery Year: 1926
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

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


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: IRREGULAR/PINCH & SWELL


Structure

Type: R
Description: On Broad W. Limb Of Syncline With Axis In Montana

Type: L
Description: Heavy Zones Of Gouge, Wide Branching Shears; Near Hope Fault. Pre- And Post-Mineralization Faults. Several Nne To Ne Faults Cut The Veins. Wallace Strikes N 5-35 Deg W, Dips 15-35 Deg Ne.


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Sericitization, Oxidation


Rocks

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

Name: Silt
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: AG:PB RATIO IS 1OZ TO 1% . ORE ON THE 800 LEVEL AVERAGES ABOUT 13 OZ AG/TON AND 6% PB.
Analytical Data: 40 TO 50% PB AND 40-50 OZ AG PER TON OF HANDPICKED ORE
Analytical Data: 1OZ AG TO 1TON PB


Materials

Ore: Bournonite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Semseyite
Ore: Meneghinite
Ore: Pyrargyrite
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Boulangerite
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Siderite
Gangue: Pyrite


Comments

Comment (Location): E END OF HOWE MOUNTAIN, JUST ABOVE SPRING AND LIGHTNING CREEKS.

Comment (Commodity): TETRAHEDRITE FORMS 1/10 TO 1/4 OF ORE

Comment (Production): LEASERS CONTINUED TO MINE 1955 - 1960 BUT NO RECORD AVAILABLE FOR THEIR PRODUCTION; $1 MILLION TO 1958

Comment (Development): COMPRISES 360 ACRES OF PATENTED LAND; INCORPORATED 1926; AT ONE STAGE OF OPERATION, 75-TON CONCENTRATOR. MINE CLOSED AFTER 1960 AND IS NOW FLOODED ; ECON.COM: THICK MANTLE OF GLACIAL DRIFT

Comment (Deposit): AVERAGE THICKNESS, STRIKE AND DIP OF PEARL VEIN GIVEN ABOVE; SEVERAL SHORT ORE SHOOTS DEVELOPED ALONG VEINS; THE BADGELY VEIN (MIDDLE VEIN) TRENDS N 55 DEG E AND DIPS NEARLY VERTICALLY; THE PUGH VEIN TRENDS N 70 DEG E AND DIPS 85 DEG S

Comment (Workings): 8 DRIFTS; AVERAGE THICKNESS OF PEARL VEIN GIVEN ABOVE. SEVERAL SHORT ORE SHOOTS DEVELOPED ALONG VEINS

Comment (Deposit): MIDDLE, PEARL, AND SOUTH FAULTS ARE HIGH-ANGLE REVERSE FAULTS; PUGH FAULT IS A HIGH-ANGLE STRIKE-SLIP FAULT AND A 40-FT BRECCIATED ZONE, CONTAINING ORE. LEAD ISOTOPES:PB 206/PB 204=18.255; PB 207/PB 204=15.580; PB 208/PB 204=38.419


References

Reference (Deposit): 1957 GEOLMAP HARRISON AND JOBIN, USGS BULL. 1141-K

Reference (Deposit): 1964 COMPILE IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY SPEC. REPT. NO. 1

Reference (Production): ANDERSON, A. L., 1947 , USGS BULL. 944 - B. ANDERSON, A. L., 1930 , IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULL. 12 . SPOK. CHRON., FEB. 5 , 1969 .

Reference (Deposit): 1944 DIREXPL USBURMINES REPT INV 3992

Reference (Deposit): ANDERSON, A.L. 1947, GEOLOGY OF THE LEAD-SILVER DEPOSITS OF THE CLARK FORK DISTRICT, BONNER COUNTY, IDAHO: USGS BULL. 944-B, P. 85-93

Reference (Deposit): SAVAGE, C.N., 1967, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF BONNER COUNTY: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY COUNTY REPORT NO. 6, P. 89-90

Reference (Deposit): LORAIN, S.H. 1946, CLARK FORK LEAD-ZINC DISTRICT, BONNER COUNTY, IDAHO: U.S. BUREAU OF MINES RPT. INV. 3992

Reference (Deposit): 6) ZARTMAN, R.E., AND STACEY, J.S., 1971, LEAD ISOTOPES AND MINERALIZATION AGES IN BELT SUPERGROUP ROCKS, NORTHWESTERN MONTANA AND NORTHERN IDAHO: ECON. GEOLOGY, V. 66, P. 849-860.

Reference (Deposit): 7) ANDERSON, A.L., 1946, LEAD-ZINC MINERALIZATION IN THE CLARK FORK DISTRICT, BONNER COUNTY, IDAHO: ECON. GEOLOGY, V. 41, NO. 2, P. 105-123.

Reference (Deposit): 8) WESTERN MINING NEWS, 1974-75 DIRECTORY OF MINES IN IDAHO (COEUR D'ALENE DISTRICT) AND WASHINGTON, P. 127.

Reference (Deposit): 9) STARMONT, L., 1929 , CLARK FORK AND LAKE PEND OREILLE: MINING TRUTH, V. 14 , NO. 8 , P. 7 - 9 , 16 .

Reference (Deposit): 10) LAHEIST, B. A., 1964 , MINERAL RESOURCES - SMELTER BYPRODUCTS, IN MINERAL AND WATER RESOURCES OF IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY SPEC. REPT. NO. 1 , P. 194 - 199

Reference (Deposit): LORAIN, S.H.,1946,CLARK FORK LEAD-ZINC DISTRICT, BONNER COUNTY,IDAHO: U.S. BUREAU OF MINES REPORT OF INVESTIGATION 3992, 10P.

Reference (Deposit): 1926 DIREXPL WHITEDELF MINING AND DEVEL CO.

Reference (Deposit): 1940 GEOLMAP A.L. ANDERSON, USGS BULL. 944-B

Reference (Deposit): 1940 JAMES E. WHITE, LESSEE

Reference (Deposit): HARRISON, J.E. AND JOBIN, D.A. 1963, GEOLOGY OF THE CLARK FORK QUADRANGLE, IDAHO-MONTANA: USGS BULL. 1141-K. 38 P.

Reference (Deposit): 5) ANDERSON, A.L., 1930, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE CLARK FORK DISTRICT, IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULL. 12, 132 P.


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