Frank Hough Mine

The Frank Hough Mine is a silver, copper, and gold mine located in Hinsdale county, Colorado at an elevation of 12,740 feet.

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Mine Info

Name: Frank Hough Mine  

State:  Colorado

County:  Hinsdale

Elevation: 12,740 Feet (3,883 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Copper, Gold

Lat, Long: 37.97278, -107.58333

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Frank Hough Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Frank Hough Mine
Secondary: Hough Mine
Secondary: Patented Claim: Frank Hough, MS 549


Commodity

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


Location

State: Colorado
County: Hinsdale
District: Galena (Henson Creek) 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: Skyline Mining Co.
Home Office: Denver, Co.
Years: 1969 -

Owner Name: National Resources Corp.
Home Office: Denver, Co.
Years: 1969 -


Production

Year: 1918
Description: Ap_Grade: ^26.5 Oz/Ton Ag, 0.20 Oz/Ton Au, 17.9% Cu, 6.5% Pb
Year: 1918
Description: Ap_Grade: ^16.6 Oz/Ton Ag, 0.07 Oz/Ton Au, 9% Cu, 2.6% Pb


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Year First Production: 1882
Year Last Production: 1963
Discovery Year: 1880
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, Eureka Graben


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: Chloritization


Rocks

Name: Quartz Latite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Oligocene

Name: Quartz Latite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock Unit
Age Young: Oligocene

Name: Quartz Latite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Host Rock Unit
Age Young: Oligocene

Name: Quartz Latite
Role: Associated
Age Type: Associated Rock
Age Young: Oligocene


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Hessite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Chlorite


Comments

Comment (Production): PARTIAL PRODUCTION RECORD. FIGURES FOR 1883-1907 AND EXACT YEARS OF PRODUCTION ARE UNKNOWN.

Comment (Location): MINE LOCATED AT HEAD OF PALMETTO GULCH 0.2 MILE NE OF SUMMIT OF ENGINEER MOUNTAIN. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1977

Comment (Deposit): DEPOSIT LIES TOWARD NORTH SIDE OF SAN JUAN-UNCOMPAHGRE CALDERA IN INFILL SEQUENCE CONSISTING OF BURNS MEMBER QUARTZ LATITE, PORPHYRITIC ANDESITE, AND HENSON MEMBER SANDSTONE. ON NW SIDE OF EUREKA GRABEN, LILLY VEIN (AS MAPPED BY BURBANK AND LUEDKE, 1969) TRENDS GENERALLY N 23 TO 30 E, 45 NW. BEDS TREND N 68 E, 18 NW. FISSURES ALONG LINE OF ORE BODY WERE RATHER TIGHT WHERE THEY PASSED INTO OVERLYING AND UNDERLYING MORE MASSIVE VOLCANIC ROCKS. HIGHER GRADE ORE FORMED IRREGULAR OR FLAT SHOOTS IN INTERBEDDED TUFFS AND FLOWS OF HENSON MBR INTERPRETED TO BE REPLACEMENT DEPOSIT. ORE LAYERS OFTEN SEPARATED AND INTERSECTED BY VARIABLY TRENDING CHLORITIC FISSURES. ORE CHARACTERIZED BY HIGH AG AND CU, WITH CU CONSISTENTLY EXCEEDING VALUES OF PB OR ZN.

Comment (Workings): ONE TUNNEL DRIVEN GENERALLY SW, EXTENT UNKNOWN. 250-FT SHAFT WITH DRIFTS AT 50-, 80-, 140-, AND 200-FT DEPTHS.

Comment (Geology): BIOTITE-QUARTZ LATITE OF BURNS MEMBER OF SILVERTON VOLCANICS


References

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): CROSS, WHITMAN, AND OTHERS, 1905, DESCRIPTION OF THE SILVERTON QUADRANGLE: USGS FOLIO 120, 34 P.

Reference (Deposit): LUEDKE, R.G., AND BURBANK, W.S., 1975, PRELIMINARY GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE HANDIES PEAK QUADRANGLE, COLORADO: USGS OPEN-FILE REPT. 75-432.

Reference (Deposit): RANSOME, F.L., 1901, ECONOMIC GEOLOGY OF THE SILVERTON QUADRANGLE, COLORADO: USGS BULL. 182, P. 189-190.

Reference (Deposit): BLM MINERAL SURVEY MS 549

Reference (Production): KELLEY, 1946, P. 455; USBM MINERALS YEARBOOK (1957); COLORADO DIV. MINES ANNUAL OPERATOR REPT.

Reference (Deposit): KELLEY, V.C., 1946, GEOLOGY, ORE DEPOSITS, AND MINES OF THE MINERAL POINT, POUGHKEEPSIE, AND UPPER UNCOMPAHGRE DISTRICTS, OURAY, SAN JUAN, HINSDALE COUNTIES, COLORADO: COLORADO SCI. SOC. PROC., V. 14, NO. 7, P. 452-455.

Reference (Deposit): BURBANK, W.S., AND LUEDKE, R.G., 1969, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE EUREKA AND ADJOINING DISTRICTS, SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, COLORADO: USGS PROF. PAPER 535, 73 P.