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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  22-Jul-1997 by B. Neil Church (BNC)

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BCGS Map 082F083
Status Past Producer NTS Map 082F14W
Latitude 049º 49' 12'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 117º 26' 10'' Northing 5518709
Easting 468629
Commodities Gold, Silver, Lead, Zinc Deposit Types I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Plutonic Rocks, Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Homestake claim (Lot 15283) is centred on Memphis Creek 1.5 kilometres east of the Slocan highway, 6.5 kilometres north of Slocan. The main workings, on the north side of the creek at the elevation of 1000 metres, are reached by a short access road from the highway. The property was previously known as the Hamilton. This claim may have also be covered by the Joyce (082FNW214).

The Homestake deposit outcrops where the mountain slope breaks over into Memphis creek valley. It has been developed, between 1968 and 1970, by two short adits and several raises. Significant gold and silver values are reportedly associated with mainly pyrite mineralization, accompanied by minor tetrahedrite, arsenopyrite, native silver and possibly argentite. These minerals are found in a narrow quartz vein which strikes northwesterly and dips steeply to the northeast. The principal structure hosting the vein is a shear zone about 3 metres wide that cuts a coarse porphyritic phase of the Nelson granitic batholith.

At the Hamilton, intermittent production from 1903 to 1915, totalled 33 tonnes of ore, yielding 115,299 grams of silver, 93 grams of gold and 1921 kilograms of lead. Production as the Homestake from 1968 to 1971 totalled 330 tonnes, yielding 861,491 grams of silver, 7370 grams of gold, 440 kilograms of lead and 503 kilograms of zinc.

EMPR AR 1899-689; 1903-139,242; 1904-204; 1909-115; 1912-150; 1915-445; 1948-148; 1950-150; 1957-57; *1968-A54,249-250; 1969-A55; 1970-A55; 1971-A55
EMPR BC METAL MM001218 (Hamilton); MM01236 (Homestake)
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 31-48
EMPR GEM 1969-325,429; 1970-449-450,482; 1971-29,411
EMPR OF 1988-11
EMPR P 1989-5
GSC MAP 272A; 1091A
GSC MEM 173; *184, p. 175; 308, pp. 133,148