Basque Mine

The Basque Mine is a gold and silver mine located in Gem county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,199 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: Basque Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Gem

Elevation: 4,199 Feet (1,280 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver

Lat, Long: 43.8578, -116.33060

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Basque Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Basque Mine
Secondary: Shamrock Mine
Secondary: Margerette


Primary: Gold
Primary: Silver
Tertiary: Zinc


State: Idaho
County: Gem
District: West View 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.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Columbia Plateau
Physiographic Section: Payette Section
Physiographic Detail: Sawtooth Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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

Name: Dacite
Role: Associated
Description: Porphyry
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Miocene

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

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: NORTH BASQUE: 0.21 OZ AU/TON, 23.7 OZ AG/TON
Analytical Data: BASQUE: 2.29 OZ AU/TON, 19.0 OZ AG/TON


Ore: Galena
Ore: Owyheeite
Ore: Pyrargyrite
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Location): S. Side Of Willow Cr.

Comment (Production): Prior To 1897, Some Ore Was Shipped

Comment (Workings): 80 Ft Crosscut & Drifts

Comment (Commodity): Appreciable Quantities Of Ruby Silver.

Comment (Development): 2 Lodes; The Basque And The North Basque

Comment (Location): Adjoins The Checkmate On The West

Comment (Workings): Main Working Shaft And Several Tunnels.


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, Alfred L. 1939, Geology Of The Pearl - Horseshoe Bend Gold Belt, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pamphlet 41, P. 2

Reference (Deposit): Mines And Prospects Of The Boise Quad, IBMG Mines And Prospects Map Series, V.E. Mitchell, Et Al.

Reference (Deposit): Lindgren, Waldemar, 1897, The Mining Districts Of The Idaho Basin And Boise Ridge, Idaho: USGS 18th Ann. Rept., Pt. Iii, P. 714

Reference (Production): Lindgren, W., 1897, 18th Ann. Rept. Of USGS, Pt. Iii, P. 714

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