Crystal Mine

The Crystal Mine is a gold mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 7,799 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.

Mine Info

Name: Crystal Mine  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation: 7,799 Feet (2,377 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 46.3503, -112.26110

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Crystal Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Crystal Mine


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Copper
Tertiary: Silver
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Lead


Location

State: Montana
County: Jefferson


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

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Workings

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Ownership

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Production

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Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Surface-Underground
Mining Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N


Physiography

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


Mineral Deposit Model

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Orebody

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Structure

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Alterations

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Rocks

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Analytical Data

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Materials

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Comments

Comment (Environmental Factors): NO MILL TAILINGS WERE OBSERVED AT THIS SITE DURING THE INVESTIGATION. ONE DISCHARGING ADIT WAS IDENTIFIED. THE PH MEASUREMENT IN THE ADIT DISCHARGE WAS 3.41. MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVELS FOR ARSENIC, CADMIUM, AND COPPER WERE EXCEEDED IN THE DISCHARGE. WASTE ROCK WAS OBSERVED DIRECTLY IN THE UNCLE SAM GULCH DRAINAGE. OBSERVED RELEASES TO UNCLE SAME GULCH WERE DOCUMENTED FOR ARSENIC, CADMIUM, COPPER, IRON, LEAD, AND ZINC. MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVELS WERE EXCEEDED FOR ARSENIC, CADMIUM, AND COPPER IN THE DOWNSTREAM SAMPLE; THESE EXCEEDANCES WERE DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SITE. THE U.S. DEPARMENT OF ENERGY WAS CONDUCTING A RESEARCH PROJECT AT THIS SITE AT THE TIME OF THE INVESTIGATION. SETTLING PONDS WERE BEING CONSTRUCTED FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACID MINE DRAINAGE. TWO POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS OPEN ADITS AND A HAZARDOUS LOADOUT STRUCTURE WERE IDENTIFIED AT THE SITE.


References

Reference (Deposit): MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF STATE LANDS. ABANDONED HARDROCK MINES

Reference (Deposit): PRIORITY SITES, SUMMARY REPORT, MARCH 1994, P. 5-91.

Reference (Deposit): MONTANA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY BULLETIN 95, 1975, P. 11.

Reference (Deposit): MONTANA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY BULLETIN 16, 1960, P. 28.

Reference (Deposit): MONTANA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY MEMOIR 31, 1949, P. 38.

Reference (Deposit): MONTANA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY MEMOIR 20, 1940, P. 37.


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Drumlummon Mine at Marysville, Montana late 1880s

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