Silver Tip Mine

The Silver Tip Mine is a lead mine located in Kootenai county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,799 feet.

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Mine Info

Name: Silver Tip Mine  

State:  Idaho

County:  Kootenai

Elevation: 2,799 Feet (853 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Lead

Lat, Long: 47.5867, -116.63890

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Silver Tip Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Silver Tip Mine


Primary: Lead
Tertiary: Zinc


State: Idaho
County: Kootenai
District: Beauty Bay 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.
Administrative Organization: Coeur d'Alene National Forest


Type: Located Claim


Type: Underground


Owner Name: Silver Tip Mining Association


Not available


Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Coeur D'Alene Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

Not available




Type: R
Description: Broad Much - Faulted Anticlinal Uplift Of Wnw Trend


Alteration Type: L
Alteration: Sericitization


Name: Quartzite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Name: Quartzite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Neoproterozoic

Analytical Data

Analytical Data: PB208/PB204 = 38.220
Analytical Data: PB207/PB204 = 15.495
Analytical Data: PB ISOTOPE COMPOSITION: PB206/PB204 = 17.836


Ore: Galena
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Pyrrhotite
Gangue: Pyrite


Comment (Development): 16 Unpatented Claims

Comment (Geology): Original alteration entry: Local - Sericitization

Comment (Geology): Original ore control entry: Fracture

Comment (Workings): Development Consists Of Two Main Tunnels On Opposite Sides


Reference (Deposit): Anderson, A. L., 1940 , Geology And Metalliferous Deposits Of Kootenai County, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 53 , 67 P.

Reference (Deposit): Large, Thomas, 1943, Science, V 98no 2556, P560-561

Reference (Deposit): Zartman, R. E., And Stacey, J. S., 1971 , Lead Isotopes And Mineralization Ages In Belt Supergroup Rocks, Northwestern Montana And Northern Idaho: Econ. Geology, V. 66 , No. 6 , P. 849 - 860

Reference (Production): Anderson, A. L., 1940 , Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geol. Pamphlet 53 , 67 P.

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