The Wager Gulch Limonite Deposit is a iron mine located in Hinsdale county, Colorado at an elevation of 10,699 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.
Elevation: 10,699 Feet (3,261 Meters)
Primary Mineral: Iron
Lat, Long: 37.88861, -107.36111
Map: View on Google Maps
MRDS mine locations are often very general, and in some cases are incorrect. Some mine remains have been covered or removed by modern industrial activity or by development of things like housing. The satellite view offers a quick glimpse as to whether the MRDS location corresponds to visible mine remains.
Wager Gulch Limonite Deposit MRDS details
Primary: Wager Gulch Limonite Deposit
District: Carson District
Land ownership: National Forest
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.
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1875
Year Last Production: 1875
Discovery Method: Ore-Mineral In Place
Years of Production:
Deposit Size: S
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Description: San Juan Volcanic Field, San Juan Depression
Description: San Juan-Uncompahgre Calderas, Lake City Caldera, Carson Volcano
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Oxidation Of Fe Sulfide To Limonite
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Holocene
Comment (Deposit): LIMONITE OCCURS AS VARIETY OF YELLOW, RED, AND BROWN HYDROUS FE OXIDES IN BOG DEPOSIT STILL BEING FORMED. DEPOSIT VARIES IN COMPOSITION, TEXTURE, AND FE CONTENT. FE APPARENTLY TAKEN INTO SOLUTION BY METEORIC WATERS THAT PASS THROUGH OXIDIZING FE-SULFIDE-BEARING ROCKS AND VEINS. WATER ISSUES FROM BASE OF CLIFFS AS FERRUGINOUS SPRINGS FROM WHICH FE IS PRECIPITATED AS LIMONITE BOG IRON IN SWAMPY GULCH BOTTOM.
Comment (Workings): SURFACE CUT
Comment (Location): DEPOSIT REPORTEDLY LIES ABOVE FORKS OF WAGER GULCH ABOUT ONE MILE BELOW CARSON. ELEV AND LAT-LONG GIVEN ARE FOR CONFLUENCE OF WAGER GULCH AND WEST FORK IN NE NE SEC. 24. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1977
Comment (Development): SMALL AMOUNT OF BOG IRON ORE WAS MINED IN LATE 1800S FOR USE AS NONFERROUS SMELTER FLUX IN LAKE CITY.
Reference (Deposit): HARRER, C.M., AND TESCH, W.J., JR., 1959, RECONNAISSANCE OF IRON OCCURRENCES IN COLORADO: USBM IC-7918, P. 44.
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): LARSEN, E.S., 1911, THE ECONOMIC GEOLOGY OF CARSON CAMP, HINSDALE COUNTY, COLORADO: USGS BULL. 470, P. 30-38.