The Buffalo Hump Mine is a silver and gold mine located in Churchill county, Nevada at an elevation of 6,759 feet.
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Elevation: 6,759 Feet (2,060 Meters)
Commodity: Silver, Gold
Lat, Long: 39.16056, -117.80778
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Buffalo Hump Mine MRDS details
Primary: Buffalo Hump Mine
District: EASTGATE DISTRICT
Land ownership: BLM Administrative Area
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.
Owner Name: Schweis, W. H.
Years: 1940 -
Owner Name: Societe Miniere Mimiska, Inc.
Info Year: 1996
Material type: ORE AG AU
Description: Ap_Grade: ^0.515 Oz/T Au
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Comstock epithermal vein
Operation Type: Underground
Year First Production: 1936
Discovery Year: 1936
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Epithermal vein, Comstock
Form: TABULARVEIN/FAULT ZONE ?
Description: N-TO NE-TRENDING FAULTS
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: KAOLINIZATION, IRON-STAINING, SILICIFICATION
Description: altered lithic tuff
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Tertiary
Description: altered rhyolite lithic
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Tertiary
Analytical Data: 0.5 to 15 oz/t Ag.
Analytical Data: Averaging 15.354 oz/t. Au
Analytical Data: Samples ranged from 0.01 to 34.95 oz/t Au and from 0 to 3.4 oz/t Ag
Comment (Development): The mine was developed on 6 unpatented claims in 1940 at which time it was owned by W.H. Schweis. Considerable prospecting has been done iover the years, with production of only several car loads of ore. The property has possible potential for a bulk-mineable precious metal deposit. Ownership was listed as Societe Miniere Mimiska, Inc. in1996.
Comment (Economic Factors): Production in 1936 was 24 tons of ore grading 0.515 opt Au and 5.49 opt Ag, total value of $280. Much early production was probably unreported. Reserves in 1996 were reported as 96,000 oz Au.
Comment (Identification): All material from original MRDS record M234039 has been copied to this record and updated. This record should superecede record M234039.
Comment (Location): The deposit is located on the crest of a ridge west of Buffalo Canyon road, 14 miles by road SE of Eastgate. The area is unsurveyed., so cadastral coordinates are projected from adjacent sections.
Comment (Workings): INCLINED SHAFT, ADITS, RAISES, WINZES, STOPES
Comment (Commodity): Ore Materials: native siver; free gold.
Reference (Deposit): NBMG MI-96; MI-97; MI-98; Vanderburg, 1940 (USBM IC 7093); NBMG Bull 83
Reference (Deposit): Long, K.R., DeYoung, J.H., Jr., and Ludington, S.D., 1998, Database of significant deposits of gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc in the United States; Part A, Database description and analysis; part B, Digital database: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-206, 33 p., one 3.5 inch diskette.
Reference (Deposit): WILLDEN, R. AND R.C. SPEED, 1974, GEOLOGY AND MINERAL DEPOSITS OF CHURCHILL COUNTY, NV.; N.B.M.G. BULL 83
Reference (Deposit): VANDERBURG, W.O., 1940, RECONNAISSANCE OF MINING DISTRICTS IN CHURCHILL COUNTY, NV.; U.S.B.M. I.C. 7093
Nevada has a total of 368 distinct gold districts. Of the of those, just 36 are major producers with production and/or reserves of over 1,000,000 ounces, 49 have production and/or reserves of over 100,000 ounces, with the rest having less than 100,000 ounces. Read more at Gold Districts of Nevada.