​​Tenmile Mining District

​Est. 1861

​​​Tenmile Mining District  Meeting

General Meeting scheduled for March 10, 2018 at 2:00pm pacific time at Harpster, ID. Meeting will be at the General Store/Cafe. 

Unable to attend in person?

Call in conference line:

(701) 801-1220

Access Code: 280 150 935 




  •  Follow-up on
  • USFS Road Closures  
  • USFS Plans of Operation
  • New Dredging Regulations 
  • ​ General Discussions:
  1. Schedule Elections for New Board Members
  2. District's Regulations
  3. District Membership


                                                DISTRICT REGISTRATION

Property Owners and Federal Mining Claim Owners within the boundaries of the Tenmile mining District are eligible to register to participate and to vote on the Tenmile Mining District's agenda and their representation of your rights and desires to other government bodies and the the state and federal agencies. 

Registered Membership shows the consolidarity of the residents of our district and the federal claim owners using public land on our district. Your participation helps us as a regulatory body to better serve you, the general public, and to promote the desires of the majority of our patrons on the public lands in our district. Your opinions matter here. We are your one voice advocate for your rights to access on your public land. We represent you, and want to hear your opinions. 

Registration is a one time fee of $25.00 for processing and filing the document with the County Recorders Office. 
Annual membership fees are only $50.00 and can be paid in advance or in $5.00 per month installments. 
100% of your annual fees go towards supporting the actions of your district.

Mining Districts in the South Clearwater Mountains

... Gold Discoveries in the fall of 1860 and spring of 1861 in the Elk City area of what was then the Washington Territory,       [ later, in 1864 the area would become part of the Idaho Territory and then in 1890 Idaho State] , led to a rush of prospectors into the region.    The area was reached via a newly created pack trail commonly known now as the “Elk City Wagon Road”. Several way stops   were established along the route for travelers to rest and replenish supplies.

  Newsome Station in the Newsome Creek Basin being one such location. Located aprox. 12 miles west of Elk City. Gold was       discovered there along Newsome Creek within weeks of the Elk City Discoveries. Prospectors began searching out the region     south of the station and subsequent discoveries were made. By late summer 1861 more than 5000 men were prospecting in     the region.

  Mining districts were formed to regulate activities, maintain peace and to assure justice in the camps of their prospective         areas Their charters and by-laws formed the only regulations in the region and allowed for law and order to be maintained in   accordance with the customs and desires of the district members.

  Today, as in the pre-statehood era of the early gold rushes, the primary function of the mining district is to protect the             statutory rights of prospectors, miners and citizens of the United States within the boundaries of the mining district and to     enforce the districts by-laws and regulations.

  The first four primary districts in the South Clearwater Mountains were formed in 1861 with others following at later dates   as populations moved into different regions following the gold discoveries.

  Elk City District in and around the Elk City Basin along the American Creek (now called American River) and the Red River   drainages.

  Tenmile District is west of the Elk City District, along the southern parts of Newsome Creek drainage and south of the             Sweetwater River (now called the SF of the Clearwater) along the Tenmile Creek drainage and over to the east side of the          mouth of the Crooked River.

  Newsome Station formed its own district rules and covered the area around the Newsome Basin and south to the boundaries     of the Tenmile District.

  Orogrande District encompasses the remainder of the Crooked River Drainage and Big Creek and portions of Crooked Creek   and Lake Creek. [later the Dixie Ranger Station was located at the mouth of Big Creek along Crooked Creek]

  Buffalo Hump District is west of the Orogrande District and includes the upper portions of Tenmile Creek, Lake Creek and       Sheep Creek and by all accounts was established in 1862...... 

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