Kamiah Asbestos Mine

Past Producer in Idaho county in Idaho, United States with commodity Asbestos

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10105609
MRDS ID W013133
MAS/MILS ID 0160490332
Record type Site
Current site name Kamiah Asbestos Mine
Alternate or previous names Panhandle Asbestos Mine

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -115.8388, 46.21597 (WGS84)
Elevation 945
Relative position ABOUT 14 MI. E. OF KAMIAH; 1 1/2 MI. S. OF GLENWOOD.
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Idaho Idaho

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Boise 033N 005E 09 Idaho


Commodity Importance
Asbestos Primary

Comments on the commodity information

  • None Of The Material Is Of Spinning Grade, And Its Short Mill Fiber Of Low Tensile Strength Renders It Much Less Valuable Than All But The Lowest Grades Of Chrysotile.

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Anthophyllite Ore
Antigorite Gangue
Biotite Gangue
Chromite Gangue
Garnet Gangue
Magnetite Gangue
Muscovite Gangue
Olivine Gangue
Picotite Gangue
Pyrite Gangue
Pyrrhotite Gangue
Talc Gangue


  • (Local) ReplacementAnthophyllite Replaced Dunite

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Gneiss
    Rock unit name Belt Supergroup
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Gneiss > Felsic Gneiss > Granitic Gneiss
    Rock unit name Idaho Batholith
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous
  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Quartz Monzonite
    Rock unit name Idaho Batholith
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Cretaceous
  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Granite
    Rock unit name Idaho Batholith

Nearby scientific data

(1) -115.8388, 46.21597

Ore body information

  • General form LENTICULAR LEDGES
    Strike N 60 DEG W
    Dip 78 DEG NE
    Thickness 10.67M
    Width 22.86M
    Length 60.96M

Comments on the geologic information

  • Anthophyllite Fibers Are Arranged In Small Bundles 1/4 - 3/4 Of An Inch Long. Some Form Rosettes.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Non-metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Year of first production 1908

Mining district

District name Maggie Cr. District

Land status

Ownership category State

Ownership information

  • Type Owner-Operator
    Owner Panhandle Asbestos Co.

Comments on the production information

  • Above Production Intermittent; Mill Capacity In 1925 240 Tons/Day

Comments on development

  • Econ.Com: Mass-Fiber Type Asbestos

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W013133
Idaho Geological Survey Idaho Mines and Prospects IMP HM_216 http://www.idahogeology.org/
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 0160490332 data consolidated into this record

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Anderson, A. L., 1930, The Geology And Mineral Resources Of The Region About Orofino, Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geol. Pamphlet 34, 63 P.

  • Deposit

    Anderson, A. L., 1932, Genesis Of The Anthophyllite Deposits Near Kamiah, Idaho: Jour. Geology, V. 38, No. 1, P. 68 - 80.

  • Deposit

    Hubbard, C.R., 1955 , A Survey Of The Mineral Resources Of Idaho: Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 105 , 56 P.

  • Deposit

    Diller, J. S., 1911 , The Types, Modes Of Occurrence, And Important Deposits Of Asbestos In The United States: USGS Bulletin 470-K, P. 519 - 520 .

  • Deposit

    Minobras, 1975, Idaho Ind Minerals, P 38

  • Deposit

    1930 Geolmap Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 34

  • Deposit

    1955 Compile Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 105

  • Production

    Hubbard, C.R., Idaho Bureau Of Mines And Geology Pamphlet 105

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit There Are At Least 6 Lenticular Ledges-They May Pinch Out At Shallow Depth.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-NOV-1974 Miller, Pat J. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 14-NOV-1983 Western Field Operations Center (WFOC) U.S. Bureau of Mines