Vishnu Mine

The Vishnu Mine is a gold mine located in Elmore county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,499 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: Vishnu Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Elmore

Elevation: 5,499 Feet (1,676 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 43.6917, -115.30140

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Vishnu Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Vishnu Mine
Secondary: Idaho
Secondary: Esmeralda
Secondary: Bullhide
Secondary: Clifton Bell
Secondary: Mountain Goat.
Secondary: Idaho Gold Corporation


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Zinc


State: Idaho
County: Elmore
District: Rocky Bar 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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Type: Underground


Owner Name: Idaho Gold Corp.


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Discovery Year: 1863
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: L


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

Mineral Deposit Model

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Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation


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Analytical Data

Analytical Data: $2.65 - $200 AU/TO PRIOR TO 1881


Ore: Galena
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Production): $850,000 By 1881

Comment (Development): Several Groups Of Claims

Comment (Location): On The N. Side Of Bear Cr.

Comment (Workings): Probably More Drifts And Crosscuts Were Driven Than Indicated By The 1700 Ft Figure

Comment (Production): Prod. > $300,000 Strahorn, R.E. 1881 Res. Idaho, P. 39.


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1943, Geology Of The Gold - Bearing Lodes Of The Rocky Bar District, Elmore Co., Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines Pam. 65, P. 2

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. 27

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