West Ophir Mine

The West Ophir Mine is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 6,001 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: West Ophir Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 6,001 Feet (1,829 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.7058, -115.27610

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West Ophir Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: West Ophir Mine


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Silver


Location

State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Rocky Bar District


Land Status

Land ownership: National Forest
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: Boise National Forest


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Type: Surface/Underground


Ownership

Owner Name: Apex Gold Mining Co.


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Surface-Underground
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: Sawtooth Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: TABULAR, LENTICULAR


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous

Name: Quartz Monzonite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Late Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Deposit): Vein Is West Extension Of Ophir Vein.

Comment (Location): Near The Head Of Blake'S Gulch

Comment (Production): One Car Of Ore Shipped In 1926.

Comment (Workings): Several Short Tunnels And A Number Of Open Cuts


References

Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1943, Geology Of The Gold - Bearing Lodes Of Rocky Bar. Dist., Elmore Co., Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 65, P. 3

Reference (Deposit): 1943 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 6

Reference (Production): Anderson, A. L., 1943, Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pam. 65, P. 32


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