Haynes-Stellite Mine

Past Producer in Lemhi county in Idaho, United States with commodities Cobalt, Copper, Nickel, Uranium

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10105496
MRDS ID W000724
MAS/MILS ID 0160590075
Record type Site
Current site name Haynes-Stellite Mine
Alternate or previous names Cobalt Mine, Mona Group, Belielle, Beliel Group

Geographic coordinates

Point of reference Ore Body
Geographic coordinates: -114.31534, 45.1123 (WGS84)
Elevation 1905
Location accuracy 100(meters)
Relative position 20 MILES W. OF SALMON, IDAHO
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Idaho Lemhi

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Boise 021N 018E 35 Idaho

Comments on the location information

  • N. SIDE BLACKBIRD CREEK, 4 MI. UP FROM ITS MOUTH
  • Location identified by Art Bookstrom on Google Earth.

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Cobalt Primary
Copper Primary
Nickel Tertiary
Uranium Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Annabergite Ore
Cobaltite Ore
Smaltite Ore
Limonite Gangue
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue
Tourmaline Gangue

Alteration

  • (Local) TourmalinizationSilicification, Tourmalinization
  • (Local) Silicification

Analytical data

Result 1.0% Co
Result LOW-GRADE RADIOACTIVE ROCK RANGING FROM 0.013 - 0.018% EQUIVALENT URANIUM FOUND
Result Umpleby (1913, p. 165) describes one 20 foot sample ran a fraction less than 2% cobalt, and a second ran 2% nickel and less than 1% cobalt.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 102
USGS model code 24d
BC deposit profile E15
Deposit model name Blackbird Co-Cu

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Quartzite
    Rock unit name Gunsight Formation, Belt Supergroup
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Mesoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Mesoproterozoic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Phyllite
    Rock unit name Gunsight Formation, Belt Supergroup
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Mesoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (oldest) Mesoproterozoic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Schist
    Rock unit name Gunsight Formation, Belt Supergroup
    Rock description Belt Supergroup-Schist, Quartzite, Phyllite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Mesoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (oldest) Mesoproterozoic

Nearby scientific data

Ore Body (1) -114.31534, 45.1123

Geologic structures

Type of structure Local
Structure description Haynes-Stellite Structural Block

Ore body information

  • General form IRREGULAR VEINLETS, MASSES
    Strike N 50 DEG W
    Dip 90 DEG
    Width 18.29M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Shear Zone, Fault Breccia Zone

Comments on the geologic information

  • GEOL.DESC: FINE-GRAINED COBALTITE AND MINOR AMOUNTS OF PYRITE IN INTENSELY TOURMALINIZED AND SILICIFIED FAULT BRECCIA, LIMITED ON STRIKE AND DIP.
  • Reed and Herdlick (1947, p.8) "Cobalt found in silicified and tournmalinized breccias....Haynes-Stellite-type mineralizationis confined to the less deformed and more quartzitic rocks."
  • "Country rock is interbedded quartzite and sandy phyllite. Mineralized rock consists of a silicified and tourmalinized brecciated zone containing small stringers and disseminated grains of very fine-grained cobaltite, and minor amounts of pyrite." Vhay (1948, plate 3B)

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation type Underground
Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant Yes
Discovery year 1900
Discoverer John M. Belielle (Beliel) - two different spellings of last name.
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place
Year of first production 1917

Mining district

District name Blackbird

Land status

Ownership category National Forest
Area name Salmon National Forest

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner Hanna Mining Co.
  • Type Owner
    Owner M. Belielle
    Year 1947
    First year 1900
    Last year 1915
  • Type Owner
    Owner Haynes-Stellite Co. (later absorbed by Union Carbide Co.)
    Year 1947
    First year 1915

Production statistics

  • Year 1921
    Period 1917-1921
    Material CON
    Accuracy Estimate
    Description Cp_Grade: ^17.74% Co
    Importance Item Commodity Group Amount recovered Grade Recovery percentage
    Conc. Cobalt Cobalt 18wt-pct

Comments on the production information

  • Reed and Herdlick (1947, p.6) "Last worked in 198, the property has produced about 45% of the district's total cobalt output."

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground
    Length 731.52M
    Overall depth 60.96M

Comments on the workings information

  • WORKINGS CONSIST OF 3 MAIN ADITS AND 2 MINOR ADITS, 10 STAMP MILL, AERIAL TRAMWAY

Comments on development

  • HAYNES-STELLITE NOW INCLUDED IN BLACKBIRD MINE, SEE NO. 363. ; ECON.COM: CO EXTRACTION PROBLEMS
  • 14 Unpatented Claims; Claims Relocated In 1939 Became Parts Of Haynes - Stellite Mine, Ludwig Property, And Patty B Property. ; Econ.Com: Transportation And Other Costs Made Shipments Unprofitable (1915).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W000724
Idaho Geological Survey Idaho Mines and Prospects IMP EC_443 http://www.idahogeology.org/
USGS (USBM- U.S. Bureau of Mines) Mineral Industry Locational Subsystem MILS 0160590075
USGS (USBM- U.S. Bureau of Mines) Mineral Industry Locational Subsystem MILS 0160590064 MILS had several records for same property, using different names
USGS (USBM- U.S. Bureau of Mines) Mineral Industry Locational Subsystem MILS 0160590096

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    BILBREY, J.H., JR., 1962, U.S. BUREAU OF MINES INF. CIRC. 8103, P.26

  • Deposit

    VHAY, J.S., 1948, COBALT-COPPER DEPOSITS IN THE BLACKBIRD DISTRICT, LEMHI COUNTY, IDAHO: USGS STRATEGIC MINERALS INV. PRELIM. REPT. 3-219.

  • Deposit

    SHOCKEY, P.N., 1957, RECONNAISSANCE GEOLOGY OF THE LEESBURG QUADRANGLE, LEMHI COUNTY, IDAHO: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 113, 42 P.

  • Deposit

    UMPLEBY, J.B., 1913, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF LEMHI COUNTY, IDAHO: USGS BULL. 528, 182 P.

  • Deposit

    ANDERSON, A.L., 1943, PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE COBALT DEPOSITS IN THE BLACKBIRD DISTRICT: IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 61.

  • Deposit

    CANNEY, F.C., 1953, PRELIMINARY REPORT OF GEOCHEMICAL INVESTIGATIONS IN THE BLACKBIRD DISTRICT, IDAHO: USGS OPEN-FILE REPT 53-31, 21 p.

  • Deposit

    TRITES, A.F. AND TOOKER, E.W., 1953, URANIUM AND THORIUM DEPOSITS IN EAST-CENTRAL IDAHO, SOUTHWESTERN MONTANA: USGS BULL. 988-H, P. 175-176.

  • Deposit

    ROSS, C.P., 1931, CLASSIFICATION OF THE LODE DEPOSITS OF SOUTH-CENTRAL IDAHO: ECONOMIC GEOLOGY, V. 26, NO. 2, P. 169-185.

  • Deposit

    BALDWIN, J.A., OCTOBER 8, 1976, PERSONAL COMMUNICATION.

  • Deposit

    TREXLER, B.D., JR., 1974, UNPUBLISHED BLACKBIRD REPORT

  • Deposit

    HESS, F.L., 1921, COBALT: USGS MINERAL RESOURCES OF US, 1917, PT. 1, P. 899-901

  • Deposit

    Reed, G.C. and Herdlick, J.A., 1947, Blackbird cobalt deposits, Lemhi County, Idaho: U.S. Bureau of Mines R.I. 4012, 36 p.

  • Deposit

    BELL, R.N., 1918, NINETEENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE MINING INDUSTRY OF IDAHO FOR THE YEAR 1917, 131 P.

  • Deposit

    Bell, R. N., 1912, Thirteenth Annual Report Of The Mining Industry Of Idaho For The Year 1911.

  • Production

    BILBREY, J.H. JR., 1962, USBM INF. CIRC. 8103; ANDERSON, A.L., 1947, IDAHO BUREAU OF MINES AND GEOLOGY PAMPHLET 61. ; TREXLER, B.D., JR., 1974, UNPUBLISHED REPORT; VHAY, J.S., 1948, USGS STRATEGIC MINERALS INV. PRELIM. REPT. 3-219

  • Reserve-Resource

    UNPUBLISHED COBALT REPORT

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-JUL-1972 Coury, Anny B. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 01-SEP-1976 Duncan, Daniel G. (Miller, Pat) U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 08-JAN-2010 Causey, J. Douglas U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 01-OCT-1976 Siefken, Robert R. (Miller, Pat) U.S. Geological Survey Combined DEP_ID 10070543 data by Causey with this record.
Reporter 01-JUL-1975 Ortman, Dale; Miller, Pat U.S. Geological Survey Combined dep_id 10070516 data with this record by Causey