The country rocks in the area of the Keno prospect are pelitic metasedimentary and subordinate andesitic metavolcanic strata of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton, Group, which are underlain and locally intruded by the Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite (Smith, 1977; Koch, 1996).
In 1925, Buddington (p. 94) described the deposit as quartz fissure veins 2-4 feet thick that cut granodiorite and contain galena and other sulfides. A specimen, presumably of the best ore, contained 0.6 oz Au and 3 oz Ag per ton, and 48 percent Pb.In 1929, Buddington (p. 108) reported an adit driven along a quartz vein up to 4.5 feet thick in Texas Creek Granodiorite. The vein had been traced on the surface for about 400 feet, and contained oreshoots of solid sulfides as much as 7 inches thick comprising galena, pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and tetrahedrite. The quartz also carries disseminated pyrite and, locally, some barite.