Bidgood

Location: Lebel Township
Years of Operation: 1934 – 1951
Tons Milled: 586,367
Ounces of Gold Produced: 160,184

 

 

 

 

 

Bidgood Mine (Past Producer)

MAIN METALS:

Au, Ag

LOCATION:

Approximately  5V2  miles east of Kirkland Lake,  between  Mud  Lake  and  McTavish  Lake,  in northeastern  Lebel Township.  No.1 Shaft in patent ed  claim  L6976,  No.2  Shaft  in  patented  claim L9882. Latitude 48.170,  Longitude 79.91 0 . Map reference: ODM 53a, Township of Lebel.

GEOLOGY:  Conglomerate, greywacke, tuff, and trachy te of the Timiskaming series are intruded by masses of feldspar porphyry, quartz porphyry, diorite, and syenite. Most of the  ore  produced came from seven quartz veins  occupying  northeast-striking  and  northwest- dipping  thrust  fault  fractures  in  the  diorite  stock which  underlies  most  of  claim  L9882.  Mineraliza tion  in  the  veins  consists of calcite, pyrite, molybdenite, and chalcopyrite.

ECONOMIC  FEATURES:

Numerous  offsets of the ore zones, resulting from post-ore cross-faulting, caused difficulty during mining operations.

OWNERSHIP:

Yorkshire Resources Limited.

HISTORY:

Circa 1920: Prospecting and surface work by Bidgood Gold Mines Limited.
1923-1924:  No.1  Shaft to 600 feet with 3,400 feet of  lateral  development  on  levels  at  300,  400,  and 600 feet by Bidgood Gold Mines Limited.
1927-1931:  Surface trenching, No.1  Shaft dewater- ed  and  deepened  to 725 feet, 3,669 feet of under ground lateral development, and 1,720 feet of under ground  diamond-drilling  by  Bidgood  Consolidated Gold Mines Limited. Bidgood Consolidated acquired the  neighbouring  property  of  Cambro  Kirkland Mines  Limited who  had  sunk a  shaft  (what was to become  the  Bidgood  No.2)  to  75  feet.  Bidgood Consolidated  had  deepened  the  No.2 Shaft to 500 feet  by  the  time  they  suspended  operations  in 1931.
1933-1949:  No.1  Shaft  deepened  to  855 feet and underground  development to  1940, when the shaft was  closed,  consisted  of a  winze and ,145 feet of crosscutting, drifting,  and  raising  on 9 levels.  No.2 Shaft  dewatered  in  1933 and all production during the  period 1934-1949  came  from  this  shaft which was  deepened  to  855  feet.  Underground  development  consisted  of  three  winzes,  36,399  feet  of drifting,  16,282  feet of crosscutting, 7,970 feet of raising,  and  considerable  diamond-drilling  on  22 levels  and  sublevels  to  a  maximum depth of 2,075 feet.  All  work  by  Bidgood  Kirkland  Gold  Mines Limited.
1958:  One  diamond-drill  hole  (801  feet)  by  C.W. Tully.
There  are  certain  discrepancies  between  the  infor mation  given  in  the various references, particularly with respect to shaft depths during the period 1927- 1931.

PRODUCTION:

Years  Gold Silver Ore Milled Recovered Grade
(ounces) (ounces)  (tons) (ounce of Au per ton)
1934- 1939, 1951 160,184 72,468 586,367 0.27

These figures include a  small amount of production from the Gordon-Lebel property.

REFERENCES:

ODM 1923, Vol.32, pt.4, p.73, 74.
ODM 1928, Vol.37, pt.2, p.155-157.
ODM 1950, Vol.59, pt.2, p.5, 6.
ODM1964,MRC3, p.16, 17.
Resident  Geologist’s  Files,  Ontario  Ministry  of Natural  Resources,  Kirkland  Lake:
Lebel  Township, Parsons (1950).

Gordon, J.B., Lovell, H.L., de Grijs, Jan, and Davie, R.F.
1979:  Gold  Deposits of Ontario,  Part  2:  Part of District of Cochrane,  Districts of Muskoka,  Nipissing,  Parry  Sound,  Sudbury,  Timiskaming,  and  Counties  of Southern  Ontario;  Ontario  Geological  Survey,  Mineral  Deposits  Circular  18,  253p.

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