Idaho Gold and Gem Maps
Idaho Gold and Gems Maps - Then and Now is a package of 5 maps detailing known locations of gold, silver, opal, agate, garnet, topaz and many more valuable items.
All maps in the series are in packages measuring 6.5 by 9.5. The very readable maps measure 17 1/2 X 23 and are printed on both sides.
These maps were designed for the weekend prospector, rock hound and outdoor enthusiast. The sources for this information include the National Archives, Washington, D.C., Special Report #1 1964 Mineral and Water Resources of Idaho which was compiled by the US Geological Survey in Cooperation with the Bureau of Mines, Idaho Department of Highways and the Idaho Department of Reclamations.
The primary source for this collection was Mines and Prospects map Series 1981, compiled by Gail S Hustedde, William B. Stroud, Victoria E. Mitchell and Earl H. Bennett. This was published by Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology. The modern base map has been provided by the U.S. Department of Interior Geological Survey.
The mining laws of Idaho may be obtained on request from the Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology, Moscow. The Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management distributes free copies of staking a claim on Federal land and patenting a mining claim on Federal lands. Both may be obtained from most district offices of the Bureau of Land Management.
Idaho has been nicknamed the Gem State since territorial days. Over 240 different minerals have been identified in Idaho. The state can claim world-class specimens of Vivianite, Pyromorphite, Cerussite, Smoky Quartz, Aquamarine, Ilvaite and other minerals. Many of these specimens are rare and cherished exclusively in museums, private collections and gem dealers. One exception to this limited availability is the Star Garnet, the official state gem. This beautiful stone is found in some abundance only in Idaho and India.