The Morning Star Mine is a silver and gold mine located in Owyhee county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,375 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.
Elevation: 6,375 Feet (1,943 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Silver, Gold
Lat, Long: 43.0225, -116.72690
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Morning Star Mine MRDS details
Primary: Morning Star Mine
District: French District
Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1865
Discovery Year: 1865
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: M
General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Physiographic Detail: Owyhee Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Analytical Data: RATIO OF GOLD TO SILVER IS 1 : 50
Comment (Workings): 5 LEVELS TURNED FROM SHAFT; DRIFTS FOLLOW VEIN FOR 400 FT.
Comment (Production): PRODUCED $200,000 IN 1869, ONLY $3000 IN 1872 BECAUSE OF LEGAL PROBLEMS. TOTAL PRODUCTION $1,000,000 BETWEEN 1864 AND 1897.
Comment (Development): MINE CLOSED IN 1880, WAS REWORKED IN 1897 AND CLOSED IN FALL OF 1897
Comment (Location): ON WAR EAGLE MOUNTAIN
Comment (Commodity): ORE IS MAINLY SILVER WITH LITTLE GOLD; WORTH $70 A TON IN 1870
Reference (Deposit): ASHER, R. R., 1968, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES OF A PORTION OF THE SILVER CITY REGION, OWYHEE COUNTY, IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 138, 106 P.
Reference (Deposit): PIPER, A. M., AND LANEY, F. B., 1926, GEOLOGY AND METALLIFEROUS RESOURCES OF THE REGION ABOUT SILVER CITY, IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULL. 11, 165 P.
Reference (Deposit): LINDGREN, W., 1898, THE GOLD AND SILVER VEINS OF SILVER CITY, DELAMAR, AND OTHER MINING DISTRICTS IN IDAHO: 20TH ANN. REPORT, U.S.G.S., P. 75 -205 (PART 3).
Reference (Deposit): 1898 COMPILE W. LINDGREN 20TH ANN. REPT.
Reference (Deposit): 1926 GEOLMAP IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES & GEOL. BULL. 11
Reference (Deposit): 1968 GEOLMAP IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES & GEOL. PAMPHLET 138
Reference (Production): PIPER, A. M., AND LANEY, F. B., 1926 , IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULL. 11 , 165 P. RAYMOND, R. W., 1870 - 1873 , 41ST - 42ND CONGRESSES HOUSE OF REP. EX. DOCS.
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