|A Yankee Fork Stamp Mill used to process gold and silver ore at the Custer Mine in Idaho.|
Photo by Tinosa
The so-called Idaho Gold Project is located in
Central Idaho as an epithermal deposit in the Cretaceous Idaho batholith and Precambrian basement rock where it is the conduit for alteration and extensive mineralization. It is also gone through several intrusions of rhyolite, dacite and trachyte during the Eocene.
There was a considerable amount of placer and lode gold in the area from the 1860s until the 1930s. During that time it produced over 8,000,000 ounces of gold, and had over 20 historic mines. It wasn't until the 1970s however before modern mining and exploration techniques occurred within the area.
In 1940 report was good to go on their
, C.A. Bottlfsen that was titled, “Mining Activity on the Idaho North Fork of the Clearwater River Area.” This report generated a considerable amount of interest in the area of the Clearwater River as well as and adjoining counties in Clearwater . This area is drained by the gold bearing Idaho Clearwater River and its tributaries.
|The Argo Gold Mine and Mill in Idaho Springs.|
The gold prospecting in
usually lasts from roughly April 1 to November 1, clever if there's an open winter the prospecting season can be extended. The availability of water to carry on prospecting activities often dwindles after mid-June unless the prospector carries water to the prospecting site. Idaho
It isn't for nothing that
was called the Idaho because it is the producer of many gemstones as well as gold and silver. Up to this point most of the gold that has been produced in Gem State comes from the upper part of the panhandle where it is found that placer deposits containing many gold nuggets. The town of Idaho is one of the best places to prospect, and because nuggets are so common you should come with a metal detector. Murray
There was a time of
on a hotel owner wanted to go prospecting, but decided it was too cold outside. His solution was to cut a hole in one of the bedroom floors where he then go down 30 feet to bedrock to get at The gold. Another mine in the area of Murray was named the Jackass Mine that was literally found by a miner’s donkey. This is the kind of mining lore you can expect to hear in Murray . Idaho
Two of the areas where you’re most likely to find gold are at the forks of the Pend Oreille River However, the hottest spot in the state is
It is interesting to find the area around
Aside from the gold that is found along the
Clearwater River and its tributaries this river also produces star garnets that produce a star effect when cut en cabochon. The only other place where garnets like this are found is some locality in . Jasper is found here also with at least one of the mines open to the public is the jasper mine at Willow Creek. India
Information about these mineral deposits in
is available from different state and federal agencies. Sometimes you can find local history books to discover what kind of minerals were mined in a particular town. Idaho
The type of mining that went on in
makes the use of a metal detector practically a necessity. Different manufacturers actually produce metal detecting instruments that are capable of detecting gold. Many of the gold nuggets that have been found are actually the result of metal detectors. A particularly good area to investigate is old mine tailings from dredge operations like the one in Idaho . Boise County
We recently became a dealer for the Garrett line of metal detectors and other gold mining equipment including gold pans and gold panning kits. Please watch for future announcements about the Garrett line of products.