Buffalo Mine

Past Producer in Elmore county in Idaho, United States with commodities Silver, Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10070026
MRDS ID W007863
Record type Site
Current site name Buffalo Mine

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -115.12063, 43.78019 (WGS84)
Elevation 2080
Relative position 2 MI S. OF ATLANTA
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Idaho Elmore

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Boise 005N 011E 11 Idaho

Comments on the location information

  • ON UPPER PART OF QUARTZ GULCH ON SW SIDE OF MONARCH.

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Argentite Ore
Miargyrite Ore
Polybasite Ore
Proustite Ore
Pyrargyrite Ore
Silver Ore
Stephanite Ore
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) Mn Stains, Fe Stains, Oxidation

Analytical data

Result REMAINING ORE VALUED AT $4 - $20/TON, 1930'S PRICES . AG TO AU RATIO IS 200 TO 1.

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Quartz Monzonite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite
    Rock unit name Idaho Batholith;Idaho Batholith
    Rock description Idaho Batholith;Idaho Batholith

Nearby scientific data

(1) -115.12063, 43.78019

Ore body information

  • General form SEAMS, LENSES , LENTICULAR
    Strike N 60 DEG E
    Dip SE
    Thickness 1.83M
    Depth to bottom 204.22M
    Width 18.29M
    Length 76.2M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Shear Zone

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Medium
Significant No
Discovery year 1864
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place

Mining district

District name Atlanta District Or Middle Boise District

Land status

Ownership category Private

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner Atlanta Mines Co.

Comments on the production information

  • $1,200,000 TOTAL PRODUCTION BY 1935.. PRODUCTION ABOVE 100-FT. LEVEL ABOUT $1,000,000.

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground
    Length 614.17M
    Overall depth 204.22M

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W007863
Idaho Geological Survey Idaho Mines and Prospects IMP HA__70 http://www.idahogeology.org/

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    ANDERSON, A. L., 1939, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS, ATLANTA DISTRICT, ELMORE CO., IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES & GEOL. PAM. 49, P. 58

  • Deposit

    1939 GEOLMAP IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES & GEOL. PAM. 49

  • Deposit

    ST. JOSEPH LEAD COMPANY

  • Production

    ANDERSON, A. L., 1939, IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES & GEOL. PAM. 49, P. 58.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-NOV-1975 Steigner, William D. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-AUG-1976 Everett, Sandra E. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-FEB-1993 Frank, Dave U.S. Geological Survey