The Big Chief is a silver mine located in Jefferson county, Montana at an elevation of 6,201 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: 6,201 Feet (1,890 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Silver
Lat, Long: 45.9836, -112.35750
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Big Chief MRDS details
Primary: Big Chief
Secondary: Big Chief Mine
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.
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Mining Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Comment (Deposit): USGS GSC ID# ADDED, JUNE 95. A SLIGHLY DIFFERENT LAT/LONG IS IS LISTED FOR THIS PROPERTY; N455857/W1122206. NAME CHANGED TO MATCH NAME ON USGS LIST, AND TO ELIMINATE CONFUSION WITH BIG CHIEF - PAST PRODUCER - SEQ# 0300430079 WHICH IS NEAR BY.
Reference (Deposit): DEPOSIT ALSO IN SECTION 29
Reference (Deposit): MBMG BULL. 16, 1960, P. 68
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