The Orofino Creek Placer is a gold mine located in Clearwater county, Idaho at an elevation of 2,799 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.
Elevation: 2,799 Feet (853 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 46.5, -115.87500
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Orofino Creek Placer MRDS details
Primary: Orofino Creek Placer
District: Pierce City District
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.
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1857
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Physiographic Detail: Clearwater Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Holocene
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Late Cretaceous
Analytical Data: 860 FINE
Comment (Location): EXTENSIVE PLACER MINING HAS TAKEN PLACE ON OROFINO CREEK (22 MILES)
Reference (Deposit): 1924 GEOLMAP IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULL. 7
Reference (Deposit): 1940 COMPILE IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 54
Reference (Deposit): STALEY, W. W., 1940, MINING ACTIVITY IN THE NORTH FORK OF THE CLEARWATER RIVER AREA: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 54, 6 P.
Reference (Deposit): LINDGREN, W., 1904, A GEOLOGICAL RECONNAISSANCE ACROSS THE BITTERROOT RANGE AND CLEARWATER MOUNTAINS IN MONTANA AND IDAHO: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROF. PAPER 27, 123 P.
Reference (Deposit): THOMSON, F.A., AND BALLARD, S.A., 1924, GEOLOGY AND GOLD RESOURCES OF NORTH CENTRAL IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY BULL. 7, 123 P.
Reference (Deposit): 1904 RECON LINDGREN, W., PROF. PAPER 27
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