Bullion Mine

The Bullion Mine is a lead, silver, and copper mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 7,241 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: Bullion Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation: 7,241 Feet (2,207 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Lead, Silver, Copper

Lat, Long: 46.35611, -112.29444

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Bullion Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Bullion Mine


Commodity

Primary: Lead
Primary: Silver
Primary: Copper
Secondary: Gold
Secondary: Zinc
Tertiary: Uranium
Tertiary: Arsenic
Tertiary: Antimony


Location

State: Montana
County: Jefferson
District: Basin (Cataract, Comet) 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.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Bullion Mining Co., Joplin, Mo

Owner Name: D. M. Bullock, Basin, Mt 59631


Production

Year: 1947
Time Period: 1905-1947
Material type: CU
Description: Cp_Grade: ^0.94 %
Year: 1947
Time Period: 1905-1947
Material type: AU
Description: Cp_Grade: ^0.16 Toz/St
Year: 1947
Time Period: 1905-1947
Material type: AG
Description: Cp_Grade: ^9.5 Toz/St


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1897
Discovery Year: 1882
Discovery Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

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


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Form: TABULAR, PODS


Structure

Type: R
Description: Boulder Batholith


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Sericitization, Pyritization


Rocks

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

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


Analytical Data

Analytical Data: RADIOACTIVITY ON MIDDLE DUMP IS .020 MR/HR. 4 TIMES BACKGROUND LEVEL. LOWER DUMP IS .012 MR/HR. NO. 3 ADIT (1935-1947) 0.04-.05 OZ/TON, 3-5 OZ/TON AG, 2-5% PB, 3-4% ZN, .1% CU, 6.5% FE; ADIT 2 0.2 OZ/TON AU, 9-9.5 OZ/TON AG, 1-1.5% CU, 15% FE;


Materials

Ore: Gold
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Uraninite
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Siderite
Gangue: Quartz


Comments

Comment (Workings): MINE WORKINGS CONSIST OF 3 ADITS, A SHAFT, AND SOME OPEN CUTS. LOWER (NO 3) ADIT WAS ABOUT 900 M LONG, MIDDLE (NO. 2) ABOUT 275 M, UPPER (NO. 1) ABOUT 100 M. BULLION MINE ON NORTHWESTERN EXTENSION OF CRYSTAL VEIN. ALL WORKING INACESSABLE IN 1956.; A FEW OPEN PITS

Comment (Geology): COUNTRY ROCK IS INTRUDED BY SMALL DIKES OF TOURMALINE-BEARING APLITE. NEAR THE ORE THE ROCK IS CUT BY IRREGULAR VEINS CARRING TOURMALINE, QUARTZ, AND PYRITE.

Comment (Reserve-Resource): MAP SHOWS STOPED AREA CONTAINED ABOUT 50,000 ST ASSUMING 4 FT STOPE WIDTH PROVIDING AN ESTIMATED TOTAL PRODUCTION OF 30,000 ST. UNSTOPED GROUND IN PRODUCTIVE AREA TOTALS ABOUT 80,000 ST (4 FT. WIDTH). RESOURCES ARE ESTIMATED TO BE 50,000 ST AT THE AVERAGE GRADE OF MATERIAL PRODUCED FROM THE LOWER (NO. 3) ADIT. RECENT PRODUCTION MAY HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED THIS FIGURE.

Comment (Commodity): METAL CONTENT OF VEIN DECREASES EASTWARD

Comment (Production): PRODUCTION WAS INTERMITTANT BETWEEN 1905-1947. MINE WAS ACTIVE IN EARLY 1960'S BUT PRODUCTION NOT AVAILABLE

Comment (Development): 2 PATENED CLAIMS: BULLION, W BULLION. 1905 A 150-TON CONCENTRATOR WAS INSTALLED

Comment (Deposit): ADIT 2 A SULFIDE TUNNEL, MINED FOR CU AND PRECIOUS METALS, HIGH GRADE PODS; ADIT 3 CARBONATE TUNNEL, METAL CONTENT OF THE VEIN DECREASES EASTWARD;

Comment (Location): INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1954)


References

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 16, P. 25-6.101

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 100, P. 9

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 527, P. 127.

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 1151, P. 101-3.

Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL 30, P. 22

Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 842, P. 295

Reference (Production): MBMG BULL 16.


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