The Bluebird is a copper, gold, lead, and silver mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 23,097 feet.
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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
Land ownership: National Forest
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Owner Name: Loretta K. Bell
Home Office: Montana
Info Year: 1978
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Mining Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
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
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Reference (Deposit): MONTANA BUREAU OF MINES & GEOLOGY UNPUBLISHED FILE DATA.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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