Cuprum is located northwest and about a 3 hour drive from Boise, or west of the New Meadows/McCall area. The main drainage through this area is called Indian Creek, with open dredging season, and creek is large enough to sustain a 5” dredge. Precious metals were discovered around 1893 in Cuprum, however production didn’t start until around 1905. There are adits, mines and geological history on both sides (and even across) Indian Creek, however when the active mining was done, the focus was solely on underground work. While many of the mines were known for the high copper grade, gold and silver were also some of the more sought after elements being produced. While this area might be out away from town, it also creates a more peaceful environment to get away for the weekend. Because of the precious metals of the area, two large mining operations have in the last year secured many of the rich lode (hardrock) areas around the adits to eventually develop new mining operations to open up those old (and new) mines.
Besides the gold, be looking for other gems as several opals have been discovered.