The Virginia Creek Placer is a gold mine located in Lewis and Clark county, Montana.
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Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 46.88556, -112.34167
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Virginia Creek Placer MRDS details
Primary: Virginia Creek Placer
Secondary: Lopear and Specimen Gulches
County: Lewis and Clark
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
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Discovery Year: 1865
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Northern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Holocene
Comment (Deposit): Discovery Year: 1860'S
Comment (Location): LAT. LONG. FOR MOUTH OF VIRGINIA CREEK, PLACER FROM STAMPLE DOWNSTREAM TO MOUTH. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :(1968)
Comment (Production): ACTIVITY WAS RECORDED FOR 10 SEASONS FROM 1927-1945
Comment (Geology): PLACER DEPOSITS FROM GOLD-BEARING VEINS OF STEMPLE MINING CAMP
Comment (Deposit): TARHEAD, LOPEAR, AND SPECIMEN GULCHES ARE TRIBUTARIES OF VIRGINIA CREEK AND THEY HAVE PRODUCED MODERATE AMOUNT OF GOLD. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Reference (Deposit): USGS BULL 842, P. 87
Reference (Deposit): MBMG MEM 26, P. 55, 63.
Reference (Deposit): MBMG MEM 5, P. 24.
Reference (Deposit): USGS PP 610, P. 155.
Reference (Production): MBMG MEM NO 26, P. 63