North Hornet Mine

The North Hornet Mine is a gold mine located in Adams county, Idaho at an elevation of 4,902 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: North Hornet Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Adams

Elevation: 4,902 Feet (1,494 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 44.8914, -116.64030

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North Hornet Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: North Hornet Mine


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Tantalum
Tertiary: Uranium
Tertiary: REE
Tertiary: Niobium (Columbium)
Tertiary: Sand and Gravel, Construction


State: Idaho
County: Adams
District: Unorganized District, Council Area

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: Payette National Forest


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Type: Surface/Underground


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Year First Production: 1931
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


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

Mineral Deposit Model

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Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation, Silicification, Pyritization, Gossan


Name: Diorite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Triassic

Analytical Data

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Ore: Gravel
Gangue: Specularite
Gangue: Hematite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Barite


Comment (Location): Property Is Also Located In Section 24.

Comment (Location): Head Waters Of Hornet Creek; 3 Mi. N.W. Of Peck Mtn., On N. Side Of Summit Cr.

Comment (Development): Mill

Comment (Commodity): Samarskite Is A Niobate And Tantalata Of Fe, U, And The Cerium Metals But Is Of Little Economic Value Here.

Comment (Production): The Au Ore Was Worth $200

Comment (Workings): A 140 - Foot Shaft Is On The Property. The Only Deposit Of Value Is A Weathered Granular Quartz Diorite Which Is Used For Road Metal By The Forest Service.


Reference (Deposit): Cook, E. F., 1954, Mining Geology Of The Seven Devils Region: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 97, 22 P.

Reference (Deposit): Wracher, David, 1969, The Geology And Mineralization Of The Peck Mtn. Area, Hornet Quad., Idaho: Corvallis, Oregon State Univ., M.S. Thesis, 78 P.

Reference (Deposit): 1954 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geol., Pamp. 9

Reference (Production): Cook, E. F., 1954, Id. Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Pamphlet 97, 22 P.

Reference (Deposit): Douglass,R.M.-1954 Geocronite: Am.Mineralogist, Vol.39, Nos. P906-928

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