The Lucky May
Blaine County, Idaho
Blaine County, Idaho
•Commodities: Silver, Gold, Copper
• Mine designation: un-patented lode mine
• Size: 20.66 acres
• Location: Blaine County, Idaho
• Financing available
•Direct purchase discounts available
The Lucky May Mine is a largely undocumented underground lode mine, featuring two large adits and a small prospect shaft.
Located just off a well maintained dirt road, 2WD friendly with higher clearance vehicles.
A much older dirt road runs a slight incline from the county road to the mine.
Mined primarily for Silver and small amounts of Gold, the workings consist of a large Haulage adit driven 90 degrees NW into a mineralized outcropping, hundreds of feet in drifts running 75 degrees NW to a secondary adit.
The last work in the area was recorded in the 1980's, since that time the adit entrances have succumbed to weather and overburden closures.
Both adits have an estimated 1-5 yards of soil and material that needs removed for further exploration of the underground workings.
Two mine spills on the claim are comprised of low-mid grade ores and country host rock, as no mill was operational onsite, most material would have been high-graded to a processing facility.
The early mines of Blaine County were major contributors to the economy of Idaho and the nation and the settlement of the Wood River Valley can be directly attributed to them.
Mines are never completely played out, they merely wait for technology and economics to reach a point where they can again be viable contributors to the local and state economies.
Silver and base metals (metals other than gold and silver) played a major role in the development of the Idaho Territory. The most important early mining areas were the Wood River lead mines, discovered about 1881, and the Bunker Hill mine in the Coeur d'Alene area, discovered in 1885. Exploitation of the minerals in these areas marked the beginning of Idaho's mineral industry. In the years to follow, hundreds of mining districts would be formed to extract the precious metals (gold and silver) and base metals (lead, zinc, and copper). During the period when most of the mines were operating, gold was valued at $20 per ounce and silver at about $1.10 per ounce. Comparison with the prices of today's precious metals clearly shows the extremely high values of ore found in many of the early Blaine County mines.
The Wood River mining region is an early designation for the area adjacent to the Big Wood River, extending from Ketchum to just south of Bellevue. The region contains the huge Warm Springs mining district and also a portion of the Mineral Hill district. The historian Bancroft stated that the first discovery in the region was made in 1864 by the miner W.P. Callahan while on his way from the Boise Basin to Montana. Problems with the Bannock Indians, as well as a greater interest in gold in other parts of the state, slowed down the development of the area until 1878. By 1880, hundreds of claims were located and several towns had sprung up along the Big Wood River. The area progressed rapidly, and by 1883, four smelting plants with a daily output of 50 tons of bullion were operating on ore containing from 50 to 80 percent lead and from 100 to 300 ounces of silver to the ton. Some of the very rich or "banner" ore ran over 1,000 ounces of silver to the ton! Between 20 and 30 mines operated successfully during this period and prosperity reigned until 1887.
An excellent mine for the beginning enthusiast, up to an established mining company.
Located within 25 minutes of Bellvue and 1.5 hours of Twin Falls, Idaho.