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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  07-Jul-2020 by Nicole Barlow (NB)

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Name BUCKHORN (L.1107), TAM O'SHANTER, GOTCHA, RAINBOW Mining Division Greenwood
BCGS Map 082E007
Status Showing NTS Map 082E02E
Latitude 049º 05' 30'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 118º 42' 28'' Northing 5439050
Easting 375321
Commodities Copper, Molybdenum, Gold Deposit Types L04 : Porphyry Cu +/- Mo +/- Au
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Buckhorn property is 2.5 kilometres west of Greenwood at an elevation of 950 metres, on the lower section of Buckhorn Creek. Access is by bush trail from the main road, 1.5 kilometres southwest of the Greyhound mine (083ESE050).

The Greenwood mining camp reached a height of activity early in the century with production from dozens of mineral properties. In 1894, the first record of work is documented on the Buckhorn claim, which gained Crown grant status in 1899. By 1901, a shaft was sunk to a depth of 67 metres and 82 metres of drifting was completed on two levels. At this time two car loads of copper ore were shipped, returning a slight profit. There was little subsequent work in the area until 1964 when Silver Dome Mines Ltd. built 16 kilometres of road, completed 4000 metres of stripping and 1860 metres of diamond drilling, in addition to a geochemical soil sampling program and a magnetometer survey. This was followed in 1966-74 by an IP survey, trenching, diamond drilling and percussion drilling programs sponsored by San Jacinto Exploration Ltd. See Tam O'Shanter (082ESE130) for additional work in the area.

The property was prospected by geologist Gordon Richmond in 1997 who was the reported owner of 3 contiguous 2 post mineral claims which included reverted Crown grants: Buckhorn (L.1107), Moreen Fr. (L.1709) and X.L.C.R. (L.1556S). Richmond mapped out some of the old working exposed on surface. One sample consisting of a semi-massive sulphide from an old trench yielded 8.64 grams per tonne gold, 11.0 grams per tonne silver. 9.4 per cent copper, 2 ppm lead and 90 ppm zinc (Assessment Report 25346).

The focus of much of the earlier work was a mineralized Mesozoic dioritic stock (Nelson Intrusions) which intrudes Permo-Carboniferous Knob Hill chert and greenstones. The mineralization consists of pyrite, chalcopyrite, native copper, malachite and molybdenite disseminations in the stock. The alteration is principally chlorite.

In 2007, Saville Resources established a 19.7 line-kilometre grid over the Buckhorn and Moreen occurrences to completed IP and ground magnetometer surveys.

In 2008, Saville Resources completed an excavator trenching program on the occurrence. Results showed 43.5 metres grading 0.37 percent copper, and 0.60 grams per tonne gold in trench TR 08-14, and 45.0 metres grading 0.57 percent copper, and 0.40 grams per tonne gold in trench TR 08-15 (Caron, L. (2012-11-16): National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the Bud-Elk Property).

In 2012, Saville Resources completed a soil sampling and mapping program over the 2007 IP survey grid.

EMPR AR 1894-map after 758; 1898-1122; 1899-604,848; 1900-876,878;
1903-166; 1921-347; 1968-227
EMPR ASS RPT 881, 1878, 4125, 5023, 25346
EMPR GEM 1969-307; 1971-381; 1974-33
EMPR MR MAP 6 (1932)
EMPR OF 1990-25
EMPR P 1986-2
EMPR PF (Huntec Ltd. (1967-02-01): A Geophysical Report on an Induced Polarization Survey - Deadwood Property; Huntec Ltd. (1967-02-01): IP Interpretation Procedure; Utah Construction and Mining Co. (1966-10-01): Geology and Topography of the Silver Dome Property; Silver Dome Mines Ltd. (1969-04-21): General Interpretation Map of IP Survey - Deadwood Property; Phels Dodge Corp. of Canada Ltd. (1972-10-06): Compilation Map Fury Explorations - Deadwood Area; Mapletree Exploration Corp. (1973-05-01): Claims Map - Greenwood Project; Stewart, G.O.M. (1976): Property description, in 082ESE130; Salamet Mines Ltd. (1956): Property Plan, in 082ESE050)
EMR MP CORPFILE (Silver Dome Mines Ltd.; Crown Silver Development
GSC MAP 828, 6-1957; 10-1967; 1500A; 1736A
GSC OF 481; 637; 1969
GSC P 67-42; 79-29
Caron, L. (2012-11-16): National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report on the Bud-Elk Property.