All but about 4,000 ounces of Shoshone County’s 450,000 ounces of gold was mined in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. The mineralized area can be best located from the town of Wallace. Besides its great gold production, the area has also had large deposits of lead, silver and zinc reported. Mining activity is minor in the area at this time, but the placers are occasionally worked.
St. Joe District
West of Calder, in the St. Joe District, there are many area mines in the Shoshone part of the district. Most were lode mines that produced a by product of gold. Along the St. Joe River, in T45N R3, 4 and 9E, many area mines produced lode gold.
Eagle City Park is a 35 acre privately owned recreational gold prospecting/mining park located in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest at the old townsite of Eagle City in North Idaho. We are 25 miles from Interstate 90 via the Coeur d’Alene River Road from Kingston, Idaho (Exit 43). The park is between Prichard and historic Murray, Idaho. Eagle City was the site of the first gold rush to the Coeur d’Alene’s and still holds the imagination of those who visit.
The park promotes the hobby of recreational gold prospecting / mining and is the home base of the Northwest Gold Prospectors Association. We have 2000 feet of gold bearing gravels in and along Eagle Creek.
The area around Pine Creek, in T48N R1 and 2E had numerous lead, silver and gold in pyrite mines.
Mullan, Wallace Kellogg and Burke
In this area you will find the Beaver District, Eagle District, Evolution District, Hunter District, Lelande District, Placer Center District, Summit District and Yreka District. At Kellogg, is the great Bunker Hill and Sullivan mines. They are now combined as one of the worlds largest lead and silver producers, but they also produce a by product of gold. The Mammoth Mine, Tiger Mine, Morning Mine, Poorman Mine and Granite Mine were major lode producers. The Sunshine Mine at Wallace was a major producer as well. At T47 and 48N R4 and 5E, in the stream and bench gravels you can find placer gold. In T47N R3 and 4E, the “Silver Belt”, is an area about 7 miles wide runing east to west for 3 miles. There are very many old lead, silver mines that had a by product of gold.
Murray was the original county seat and is now nearly a ghost town. The area right in town, lately especially behind Kris Krisofferson’s Tavern, in the surface soil, you can find nuggets to 10 ounces. Along Prichard Creek and Eagle Creek, there was some very rich placer gorunds of the 1880’s, rivived in the 1930’s and intermittently worked today. The South Fork of the Coeur d’ Alene River, had many rich lead silver lode mines, with a peak production in 1911. All streams in the area produce gold.
Around the Prichard area most of the streams contain placer gold.