1.5" Yellow-Orange Pyromorphite Crystals - Bunker Hill Mine, Idaho

This is a beautiful formation of lustrous, yellow-orange pyromorphite crystals from the Bunker Hill Mine in Shoshone County, Idaho. This specimen has been mounted to an acrylic display base with mineral tack and would make an excellent addition to any mineral collection.

Bunker Hill Mine is a combination of several properties that were mined primarily for lead, with zinc and silver produced as a by-product. Mining began around 1885 and continued for over 95 years. During this time, the mine yielded 165 million ounces of silver, 3.6 million tons of lead and 1.4 million tons of zinc. Following its closure in 1988, the area became a Superfund site due to lead contamination.

During the years that the Bunker Hill Mine was active, it produced some incredible mineral specimens that became highly sought after by mineral collectors. These minerals include, but are not limited to native silver, cerussite, anglesite and stunning pyromorphite clusters.

Pyromorphite is a mineral species composed of lead chlorophosphate: Pb5(PO4)3Cl, sometimes occurring in sufficient abundance to be mined as an ore of lead. It forms small, hexagonal crystals ranging from dark green to yellow, to orange.

The lead in pyromorphite can be harmful if absorbed into the blood stream by inhalation or ingestion. The crystals won't pose a health hazard just sitting on a shelf but it would be recommended to wash your hands after handling.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Pyromorphite
LOCATION
Bunker Hill Mine, Kellogg, Coeur d'Alene District, Shoshone Co., Idaho
SIZE
1.5 x 1.2"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#175886