Bluebird

The Bluebird is a copper, gold, lead, and silver mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 23,097 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: Bluebird  

State:  Montana

County:  Jefferson

Elevation: 23,097 Feet (7,040 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper, Gold, Lead, Silver

Lat, Long: 46.3583, -112.16610

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Bluebird MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Bluebird


Commodity

Primary: Copper
Primary: Gold
Primary: Lead
Primary: Silver


Location

State: Montana
County: Jefferson
District: Colorado


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

Type: Patented


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: Loretta K. Bell
Percent: 100.0
Home Office: Montana
Info Year: 1978


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Mining 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

Not available


Structure

Not available


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

Not available


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Not available


Comments

Comment (Environmental Factors): NO MILL TAILINGS WERE OBSERVED AT THIS SITE DURING THE INVESTIGATION. THREE DISCHARGING ADITS WERE IDENTIFIED AT THE SITE; ALL OF THESE DISCHARGES ENTERED CURTAIN CREEK. ONE SAMPLE WAS COLLECTED FOR LABORATORY ANALYSIS. MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVELS FOR ARSENIC, CADMIUM, AND COPPER WERE EXCEEDED IN THE ADIT DISCHARGE. CURTAIN CREEK FLOWED DIRECETLY THROUGH TWO WASTE ROCK DUMPS AT THE SITE. OBSERVED RELEASES TO CURTAIN CREEK WERE DOCUMENTED FOR ARSENIC, COPPER, AND ZINC. THE MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVEL FOR CADMIUM WAS EXCEEDED IN THE DOWNSTREAM SURFACE WATER SAMPLE; HOWEVER, THE EXCEEDANCE WAS NOT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SITE. ONE POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS, PARTIALLY COLLAPSED SHAFT WAS IDENTIFIED AT THE SITE.

Comment (Reference): LACK OF INFORMATION PRECLUDES FURTHER CONSIDERATION


References

Reference (Deposit): BULLETIN 16, P. 49.

Reference (Deposit): YOUNG-ETAL, 1962, MONTANA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY BULLETIN

Reference (Deposit): 30, P.

Reference (Deposit): BECRAFT-ETAL, 1963, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROFESSIONAL

Reference (Deposit): PAPER 428, P. 72-73.

Reference (Deposit): MONTANA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY UNPUBLISHED FILE DATA.

Reference (Deposit): MONTANA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY BULLETIN 30, 1962,

Reference (Deposit): P. 24-25.

Reference (Deposit): PRIORITY SITES, SUMMARY REPORT, MARCH 1994, P. 5-98.

Reference (Deposit): ROBY-ETAL, 1960, MONTANA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY

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


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