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nia mine" al wealth of Lemhi Jntv 'life© many sections of the C ? ty waö first known through its "tSUvorie». Since 1866 there ?aC „nt been a year but what Lemhi DOt «,„0 nroduced gold For the f 'ew yea P rs after 1866 . the rush „„in waq on . towns placer ë n ieht and many tnriav with a' few cabins ♦a 1 thriving towns Such were then thr ymg to^ns ^ S uch ; mining towns last as long as the placer gold 18 , s , , . tbe rich pay atreaks> short lived. This stage of m g county has gone through with To give exact figures of the output of the placers is impossible, as the, gold was used as a medium of ex change, carried to all points in the, west, and some is thought to have reached China, as many of the leases were taken by Chinamen. At that time no record was kept by the government, and the opinion of those who lived in the camps and knew of the production places the recovery of gold from Leesburg, Big Creek, Moose Creek and adjoining sections from $15,000,000 to $40, The old workings were very rich, and due to the cost of , supplies, the price of labor and the that County first for sections, WO,000. aâÊÊSû rJ J&Wÿ Jfj. ■ -At' * j: ■ ar § C£* - feA*. W: ■ . >*■•. -j u j. L I dMSv' w lg. . ■ - rmc: - OF LEADORE, IDAHO. TOWN' SAGEBRUSH NEAR THE NEW CLEARING m .. "othods then in use only the rich Pay streaks could be mined. In the bish to handle the most ground Possible in a day, a large part of J"« fine gold went over with the tailings and in some cases a part of Je quick, so todav we find that all we old tailings' pan gold and amalgan Like other placer camps these tailings will be handled a Saln, 1. t this time by the dredge, As won ' be expected the rims and Poorer ound were left behind, ? nce t t time up to the present date Pa of this ground has been ' v the prospectors but manv les of P rims virgin ground, tailings are awaiting the prospecting of a d?ed4ng ' It is the ooinfon * of the o!d tint miners in these camps that as W»cL gold remains in the ground 38 wer, v e i tiken out in thf Plao ers of lemhl county On Kirtlev. t Geer tso: and Bohannon Creeps all ette st of qafmon placer gold recovered ?ov CnV years first work worker, square ■ and o dioroug COl Qpan ber n Past. Kirtley Creek was led in the nrGA g shoveling into t ' equipped for hydrau"VW day is being operated - (most „ ertot „ P r e«U " J f On orirtsou creek t ■- ■ ' " ,'1^ value of tho \ur,è' 1 ." " Urdl soight after On Bohannon S wp finti u.ti-'eM-. Hjnannon Lreek However m iph ,S and.; Unent rV VomV. haB . be6 u hydrânlir n J S l drëe l . raf:t W1 ^ b hydraulic means of working the ground and for the past twenty I , 8 1 as bs ®? a steady producer, and is today still worked. To the North of Salmon, down the Salmon River, we find all the bars in the r.ver contain placer gold, and in many cases they are being worked by small sluices and the rocker each year. In the Gibbonsville section quite a little gold has been recover ed from the placers, and the ground is being worked by hydraulic meth od today. Many stories have been set afloat about the wonderful rich ness of the bars along the Salmon River, and in the past year an east ern company has equipped several boats with supplies and have com menced to give the entire lower river section a thorough prospecting, also to work several bars already prospected. Much of the large area . . , „«re nneu for en covered by P lace *^ 18 op . or pat . try today, and tnai. * rova ltv ented may be leaseu nd j eas ' 3 basis, or is y open, tor o*. u ad a to those who win »f 6 n ° r0 rhis thorough prospect■ L u . Yemhi fact, many prospecti f - . ... as . County find their ; after sured. The t he "Mother Lode- f oem gold in th I ! , -, a to discovered, so the . ■ , work . all. With the gf unf Ie s a ed out. Lem-.n com. .. .,., n ies fine field the df- ' rough to give the : ny c.. s nv test, and m: n0 a - od mar v The que?- J ation not beta ' du- it. S. . ; , ve:e from the - v . ime n - sent to the Govrin f Expo.--; al Plant at rite ^.a.. v tion in 19 f riif ,. u -^ y[lneT ^ found in th C g 1905 Hesor. >es ot he go]d These -how < v r e, Ilmenite, chromite and ' V * he junction of Moyer' ^ Creeks, stream tin is found ». the placer ground. 1 h '"' a lhe other P lacer sections na e no detailed report on the C ° DtfeDtS of A th * biack . sand - i Quartz M.nmg. As soon as the early excitment off the plac . er discoveries had subsided, prospecting for gold in the moun tains was commenced. Many rich bodies or ore have been found, and much rich ore packed by pack trains to market. The prospecting has not proven fruitless, but has proven that not one gold section is found in the county, but that the entire county contains veins carrying good values in gold. As in the case of placer mining in the early days of the country, the production of the county has not been kept, but con-ver servative mining men place same close to $10,000,000. Comparatively speaking, very little deep mining has been done in the county, but what has been done shows that the values in the ore GO DOWN. Many mines were equipped with mills for treating oxidized ores, and have found that the ores turned base close to the surface and the mills as lava beds are found in some lo . : : equipped would not save the gold, The county has had its day of WILD C AT MINING, and in the past few ve ars mining has been taken from this stage and placed upon a more business like footing. The change has had the effect of placing more c n fidence in those who come into u - e country and has let the prospector know that when he offers his prop-! e rty to the public he must expect most thorough examination. Largejent. seC tions of the country have been only run over by the prospectors and. where the ground has been lo cated. surface cuts and shallow sha f ts represent the work den?. The valleys are sedimentary in origin, sandstone, limestone and conglomer-. ate extending over the foothills to the mountains prooer. and in some casss the limestone extending to the tops of the highest peaks. Tne mountains are formed of granite, qliar tzite f schists, gneiss, rhyolite.| porphyry and shales, cut by dikes of dacite. porphyry and syenite. In the sounthern part of the county calitles. Gold is found in every section of the county, being mined today in the Main Ridge, Olbhonavllle, Ulysses, Shoup, Leesburg. Arnett Creek, Yellow Jacket, Forney, Leeo ^rg Range. Pahslmaroi Range and Gilmore sections of the county, Along the Main Range we find gold in both contact and fissure veins in schists, quartzites and por phyry formations. richest ore in the county is coming from this range and the finest speci mens of free gold are In the quartz, Generally some one of the copper ores is found associated with the gold, and the surface croppings will generally show the green copper stain (malachite). In some cases a little galena in bunches is found with the ore, in which case the sil values are also good. All the ores found in the Main Ridge car ry silver, and in a few cases the ores are especially rich in silver. No particular section of the range need be singled out, found peaks to the base of the moun tains. on the surface, one would be led to predict that below the oxid ized zone he would find both pryite Some of the as the veins are from the summit of the From the ores as found and chalcoprite. In the Gibbonsville District we find several mines with a record of production in the years gone by, with several thousand feet of de velopment work. This section has several stamp mills and one cyanide ; plant. The gold is found in pyrltlc ores and the question of treatmer has kept the district from prodi aüng in the past few years. At p- - under toe new management, district is again in the list of pro ducero. In the Shoup country the o es are also base in character as ^ n as any depth is reached. Here we find ! several properties well eveloped with large ore reserves in sight, but owned by outside parties w 10 have seen fit to let the properties He idle in the past few years. the greatly reduced rates on con centrate shipments, these properties will, no doubt, in the near future receive more attention Many prom ismg prospects are found in this section and several are being work e With