Triumph Mine

The Triumph Mine is a silver, lead, and zinc mine located in Blaine county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,234 feet.

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Mine Info

Name: Triumph Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Blaine

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Elevation: 6,234 Feet (1,900 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Lead, Zinc

Lat, Long: 43.645, -114.26030

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Mine Description

The Triumph mine is six and one-half miles northeast of Gimlet siding, on the north side of the East Fork of the Wood River Valley. The mine, which is the principal producer in the Hailey district, is operated by several combined independent organizations. Its holdings include not only the old Triumph mine, but also the North Star and the Independence, as well as several lesser properties.

Inasmuch as the geology of the Triumph holdings is competently mapped by company personnel, and because the workings are extensive and the geology complex, no attempt was made by the writer to make a detailed geologic study. The surface geology was mapped and some underground workings visited; however, in the following generalized description, the writer leans heavily upon an unpublished U. S. Geological Survey report prepared in Nov., 1942, by C. W. Merriam and C. N. Bozion (0). To them goes full recognition for their contributions. Appreciation is also extended to members of the Triumph Mining Company staff for their courteous and helpful advice.

History and Production The Triumph was worked in the eighties, but hardly advanced beyond the prospect stage. It did not become a producer until it was reopened in 1927. The production records for the period 1927-1935 are not available, but the following statement by the company gives the production from 1936-1948.

Triumph Mine Prodcuction

Source: Detailed Geology of Certain Areas in the Mineral Hill and Warm Springs Districts, Blain County Idaho. Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology, 1950

Triumph Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Triumph Mine
Secondary: North Star and Independence mines
Secondary: Triumph Claim
Secondary: Oro Claim
Secondary: May Leaf Claim
Secondary: Gee Calim


Commodity

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


Location

State: Idaho
County: Blaine
District: Warm Springs 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: Unknown


Ownership

Owner Name: Triumph Mining Co.


Production

Year: 1948
Time Period: 1936-1948
Mined: 966100.000 mt
Material type: ANDERSON, KIILSGAARD AND FRYKLUND, 1950, P. 47. SPOKANE CHRONICLE, MARCH 9, 1973.
Description: Cp_Grade: ^0.071 Oz. Au/Ton, 7.80 Oz. Ag/Ton, 4.02% Pb, 6.57% Zn


Deposit

Record Type: Deposit
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Surface-Underground
Year First Production: 1884
Discovery Year: 1881
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: Y
Deposit Size: L


Physiography

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


Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Sedimentary exhalative Zn-Pb


Orebody

Form: IRREGULAR , PODS, LENSES


Structure

Type: L
Structure: NW-striking thrust faults dip gently to SW are pre-ore.

Type: L
Structure: NE'ly trending normal faults dip NW and are post-ore.

Type: R
Structure: NW-striking SW-dipping homocline with NW-striking low angle thrust faults.


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Silicification Of Argillite And Amphibolitization Of Calcareous Beds.


Rocks

Name: Argillite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Mississippian

Name: Quartzite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pennsylvanian

Name: Chert
Role: Host
Description: siliceous
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pennsylvanian

Name: Quartzite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Mississippian

Name: Limestone
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pennsylvanian

Name: Marble
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Mississippian


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: AN AVERAGE ASSAY OF FISSURE ORE IS 0.16 OZ. AU PER TON, 9.29 OZ. AG PER TON, 4.12% PB, 4.94% ZN, AN AVERAGE ASSAY OF SILICEOUS ORE IS 0.01 OZ. AU PER TON, 3.48 OZ. AG PER TON, 3.18% PB, 6.35% ZN. AN AVERAGE ASSAY OF COMPLEX ORE IS 0.02 OZ. AU PER TON, 6.50 OZ. AG PER TON, 13% ZN, 5.90% PB.


Materials

Ore: Arsenopyrite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Polybasite
Ore: Proustite
Ore: Stibnite
Ore: Tin
Ore: Wad
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Boulangerite
Ore: Kermesite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Ankerite
Gangue: Pyrrhotite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Siderite
Gangue: Pyrite


Comments

Comment (Workings): DEVELOPED BY 7 LEVELS, 700 FT. VERTICAL SHAFT AND 400 FT. INCLINED SHAFT.

Comment (Production): PRODUCTION CONTINUED UNTIL JULY 1957 AT A RATE OF APPROXIMATELY 300 TONS PER DAY. ABOUT $25 MILLION WORTH OF AG, PB, ZN ORE PRODUCED 1884-1957.

Comment (Development): MINE OPERATIONS SUSPENDED IN JULY, 1957. 52 CLAIMS (890 ACRES). ORIGINALLY OPERATED 1884-1957. TRIUMPH MERGED WITH NORTH STAR AND INDEPENDENCE IN LATE 1920'S.

Comment (Deposit): VEIN IS A COMPLEX ZONE; ORE PRODUCED HAS COME IN PART FROM THE VEIN AND IN PART FROM REPLACEMENTS OF LIMESTONE WHERE INTERSECTED BY THE VEIN.

Comment (Environmental Factors): CERCLA (SUPERFUND) SITE PROPOSED FOR LISTING ON NATIONAL PRIORITIES LIST (NPL), MAY 10, 1993. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS INCLUDE MILL TAILINGS CONTAINING HEAVY METALS. DOI/USBM COULD BE ALLEGED TO BE A PRP. DMEA (3394) (3847) (4412).


References

Reference (Deposit): SPOKANE CHRONICLE, MARCH 9, 1973.

Reference (Deposit): MINING RECORD, MARCH 21, 1973.

Reference (Deposit): MERRIAM, C. W. AND BOZION, C.N., 1941, DETAILED REPORT ON THE TRIUMPH MINE, BLAINE COUNTY, IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY OPEN-FILE REPORT.

Reference (Deposit): IDAHO DEPT. OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL SERVICES, JULY 1974-JUNE 1975, FIRST ANNUAL REPT. ADDENDUM, 95 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1912 GEOLMAP UMPLEBY, BULL. 814

Reference (Deposit): 1941 OTHER IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY OPEN-FILE REPORT

Reference (Deposit): USBM, 1975, ACTIVITY OF IDAHO MINING PROPERTIES, 1974; USBM, BOISE, IDAHO, 61 P.

Reference (Deposit): UMPLEBY, J.B., WESTGATE, L.G. AND ROSS, C.P., 1930, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE WOOD RIVER REGION, IDAHO: USGS BULL. 814, P. 182-183

Reference (Deposit): HALL, W.E., AND CZAMANSKE, G.K. 1972, MINERALOGY AND TRACE ELEMENT CONTENT OF THE WOOD RIVER LEAD-SILVER DEPOSITS, BLAINE COUNTY, IDAHO: ECON. GEOL. V. 67, P. 350-361.

Reference (Deposit): Leach, D., Sangster, D., Kelley, K., Large, R.R., Garven, G., Allen, C., Gutzmer, J., and Walters, S., 2005, Sediment-hosted lead-zinc deposits: A global perspective. Economic Geology, 100th Aniversary Volume. pp. 561-607. Also Appendices A, B, C, D, E, and Supplement

Reference (Deposit): ANDERSON, A.L., KIILSGAARD, T.H. AND FRYKLUND, V.C. JR. 1950, DETAILED GEOLOGY OF CERTAIN AREAS IN THE MINERAL HILL AND WARM SPRINGS MINING DISTRICTS, BLAINE COUNTY, IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOL. PAMPHLET NO. 90 P. 46-50

Reference (Deposit): 1950 GEOLMAP IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 90

Reference (Deposit): 1975 COMPILE USBM, ACTIVITY OF IDAHO MINING PROPERTIES


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