Lyonclaw Mine

The Lyonclaw Mine is a copper mine located in Bannock county, Idaho at an elevation of 5,000 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

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: Lyonclaw Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Bannock

Elevation: 5,000 Feet (1,524 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 42.8511, -112.40440

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Lyonclaw Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Lyonclaw Mine
Secondary: Pat Mahoney Incline
Secondary: Red Prince


Primary: Copper
Secondary: Stone, Crushed/Broken
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Silver


State: Idaho
County: Bannock
District: Fort Hall 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: Ida And Ben Lyon, Pocatello


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Sedimentary
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


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Mineral Deposit Model

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Name: Shale
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cambrian

Name: Shale
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Late Cambrian

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: ASSAYS OF HAND - PICKED SAMPLES (1) 12% CU, 1.2 OZ AG, (2) 11.9% CU, 0.7 OZ AG, 1.4% PB


Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Bornite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Copper
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Development): 80 Acres Patented Farm Land And 5 Lode Claims

Comment (Workings): Tunnel And Shaft


Reference (Deposit): IBMG Mines And Prospects Of The Pocatello Quad., 1982, V.E. Mitchell, Et Al.

Reference (Deposit): Dotson, J. C., 1957, Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Open File Rept., 2 P

Reference (Deposit): 1957 Recon Id. Bureau Of Mines & Geol. Open File Repor

Reference (Production): Dotson, J. C., 1957; Idaho Bureau Of Mines & Geology Open File Report.

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