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Great Excelsior

The Great Excelsior is a mine located in Whatcom county, Washington at an elevation of 1,890 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: Great Excelsior  

State:  Washington

County:  Whatcom

Elevation: 1,890 Feet (576 Meters)


Lat, Long: 48.8992, -121.80470

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Great Excelsior MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Great Excelsior
Secondary: Lincoln Group
Secondary: Super Chrome, Inc.
Secondary: Great Excelsior Mine
Secondary: President Group


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


State: Washington
County: Whatcom
District: Mount Baker District

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.


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Owner Name: Fmc Gold Corp.
Company ID: 4502531
Info Year: 1990

Owner Name: Douglas Mcfarland
Company ID: 4502531
Percent: 100.0
Home Office: Washington
Info Year: 1975

Owner Name: Steelhead Gold Inc.
Company ID: 4502531
Info Year: 1990


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Mining Method: Unknown
Year First Production: 1902
Discovery Year: 1900
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Northern Cascade Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

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Analytical Data

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Unknown: Arsenopyrite
Unknown: Chalcopyrite
Unknown: Galena
Unknown: Gold
Unknown: Pyrite
Unknown: Silver
Unknown: Sphalerite
Unknown: Tetrahedrite
Unknown: Quartz


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Reference (Deposit): WA. DIV. GEOL. AND EARTH RESOURCES, 1990, WA. GEOL.

Reference (Deposit): NEWSLETTER, V. 18, NO. 1, P. 1, 19.

Reference (Deposit): WA. DIV. MINES AND GEOL. BULLETIN 37, 1956, PART II, VOL. 1,

Reference (Deposit): P. 177.

Reference (Deposit): WA. DIV. MINES AND GEOL. BULLETIN 57, 1969, P. 86-87.

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