Elevation: 6,955 feet
Type: Silver, Lead
Location and Development
The Parker mine is 6.7 miles east of Ketchum, in Parker Gulch. It comprises 7 patented and 8 unpatented mining claims covering portions of Sect. 10 and 11, T. 4 N., R. 18 E., Boise Meridian. The property is held by the Amicus Trust Company, currently under the management of Mr. Heber Comer of Ketchum, Idaho.
There are four tunnels on the property that explore the Parker vein. These include the Western Reserve, Blacksmith, Montgomery, and the St. Louis. (Fig. 19.) Other mine workings include the lower Parker tunnel and the Amicus and Gondolier. The latter two explore the Amicus vein. Several smaller diggings are scattered throughout the property. All workings are in the Milligen formation.
History and Production
According to Bull. 814 the Parker deposit was discovered in 1883 by Eugene Gillenwater. During the next 15 years the property produced 1,552 tons of ore carrying 1,106,463 pounds of lead and 300,236 ounces of silver; the bulk of which was taken from one ore shoot about 75 feet long, extending from the Blacksmith level to some distance below. Bulletin 814 quotes the manager of the mine at the time of its production, who stated that the ore shoot was followed by a winze driven on the 30 degree dip of the vein for about 500 feet. At that point the vein terminated against a steeply dipping fault and no ore was found beyond.
At a later date the Montgomery tunnel was driven at a lower level to intersect the downward continuation of the Parker vein but this long tunnel and its accompanying crosscuts failed in their efforts.
The property has been worked intermittently since 1938 with the lower Parker tunnel, the Amicus tunnel, and the raise near the face of the Montgomery tunnel receiving most of the attention. It was idle during the summer of 1949.
Source: Detailed Geology of Certain Areas in the Mineral Hill and Warm Springs Districts, Blain County Idaho. Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology, 1950