Gold Quartz Mine

The Gold Quartz Mine is a copper, gold, and silver mine located in Hinsdale county, Colorado at an elevation of 9,321 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

Mine Info

Name: Gold Quartz Mine  

State:  Colorado

County:  Hinsdale

Elevation: 9,321 Feet (2,841 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper, Gold, Silver

Lat, Long: 38.0025, -107.28778

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Gold Quartz Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Gold Quartz Mine
Secondary: Patented Claim: Red Cloud, MS 622
Secondary: Unpatented Claim: Gold Quartz
Secondary: Gold Quartz Nos. 1-6


Commodity

Primary: Copper
Primary: Gold
Primary: Silver
Secondary: Lead
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Tellurium
Tertiary: Antimony


Location

State: Colorado
County: Hinsdale
District: Lake (Lake City) District


Land Status

Land ownership: Private
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Owner Name: James Wells
Home Office: Lake City, Co.
Years: 1961 -

Owner Name: Mid-Continent Corp.
Home Office: Grand Junction, Co.
Years: 1961 -


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Year Last Production: 1951
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


Physiography

General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Type: R
Description: San Juan Volcanic Field, San Juan Depression

Type: L
Description: San Juan-Uncompahgre Calderas, Lake City Caldera


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Silicification


Rocks

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Oligocene

Name: Rhyolite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Oligocene


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Galena
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Wurtzite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Barite
Gangue: Rhodochrosite


Comments

Comment (Location): PATENTED CLAIM LIES EAST OF LAKE FORK ACROSS DEADMAN GULCH. ELEV AND LAT-LONG GIVEN ARE FOR TUNNEL OPENING IN DEADMAN GULCH, IN SW NE SW NE SEC. 10. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1977

Comment (Production): PARTIAL PRODUCTION RECORD. FIGURES UNAVAILABLE FOR PRODUCTION, IF ANY, FOR YEARS PRIOR TO 1945. PRODUCTION CITED FOR 1945-1947 WAS CREDITED TO GOLD QUARTZ AS ONLY MINE ACTIVE IN LAKE DISTRICT. PRODUCTION FOR 1951 NOT REPORTED SEPARATELY BUT COMBINED WITH FIGURES FOR OTHER LAKE DISTRICT MINES, AND IS CONSIDERED TO BE SMALL.

Comment (Deposit): MINE LOCATED NEAR CONTACT OF FISH CANYON QUARTZ LATITIC ASH FLOW AND OVERLYING ALTERED CARPENTER RIDGE RHYOLITIC ASH FLOW IN UNCOMPAHGRE CALDERA MOAT-FILL NEAR NE MARGIN. VEIN LIES IN RADIAL FRACTURE/FAULT PROJECTING NE FROM LAKE CITY CALDERA AND RED MTN RHYOLITE INTRUSION. VEIN LIES IN SLACK'S (1980) BARITE/PRECIOUS METALS ASSEMBLAGE, RHODOCHROSITE-TETRAHEDRITE ZONE. ORE CHARACTERIZED BY TELLURIDES AND BY PLUMOSE OR SHEAFLIKE AGGREGATES OF WURTZITE INTERGROWN WITH SPHALERITE.

Comment (Workings): 240-FT CROSSCUT TUNNEL TO VEIN; 35-FT WINZE WITH 50-FT NE DRIFT.


References

Reference (Deposit): IRVING, J.D., AND BANCROFT, HOWLAND, 1911, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS NEAR LAKE CITY, COLORADO: USGS BULL. 478.

Reference (Deposit): LIPMAN, P.W., 1976, GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE LAKE CITY CALDERA AREA, WESTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO: USGS MAP I-962.

Reference (Deposit): LIPMAN, P.W., AND OTHERS, 1976, MULTIPLE AGES OF MID-TERTIARY MINERALIZATION AND ALTERATION IN THE WESTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, COLORADO: ECON. GEOLOGY, V. 71, NO. 3, P. 571-588.

Reference (Deposit): SLACK, J.F., 1980, MULTISTAGE VEIN ORES OF THE LAKE CITY DISTRICT, WESTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, COLORADO: ECON. GEOLOGY, V. 75, NO. 7, P. 963-991.

Reference (Deposit): COLORADO DIV. MINES INF. REPTS. AND ANNUAL OPERATOR REPT.

Reference (Deposit): BLM MINERAL SURVEY MS 622

Reference (Production): COLORADO DIV. MINES ANNUAL OPERATOR REPT. (1948); USBM MINERAL YEARBOOKS (1945-1951)