Lellie Mine

The Lellie Mine is a gold, lead, copper, and silver mine located in Hinsdale county, Colorado at an elevation of 10,269 feet.

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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: Lellie Mine  

State:  Colorado

County:  Hinsdale

Elevation: 10,269 Feet (3,130 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Lead, Copper, Silver

Lat, Long: 38.01889, -107.43111

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Lellie Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Lellie Mine
Secondary: Red Rover Mine
Secondary: Patented Claims: Baltimore, MS 12676
Secondary: Lellie, MS 12677
Secondary: Meat Auger, MS 13872
Secondary: Gimlet, MS 13872
Secondary: Whitney Mill Site, MS 16992
Secondary: Ceres, MS 18010
Secondary: Mars, MS 18011
Secondary: Jupiter, MS 18011
Secondary: Neptune, MS 18011
Secondary: Louise, MS 18011
Secondary: Syndicate, MS 18011
Secondary: Finis, MS 18011
Secondary: Venus, MS 18011
Secondary: Saturn, MS 18011
Secondary: Running, MS 20240a
Secondary: Running Mill Site, MS 21240b


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Primary: Lead
Primary: Copper
Primary: Silver
Tertiary: Zinc
Tertiary: Antimony
Tertiary: Manganese


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: Dickinson, William
Home Office: Chicago, Il.
Years: 1925 -


Production

Year: 1919
Description: Ap_Grade: ^45 Oz/Ton Ag, 0.15 Oz/Ton Au, 35% Pb, 4% Cu
Year: 1925
Description: Ap_Grade: ^80 Oz/Ton Ag, 0.1 Oz/Ton Au, 45% Pb, 5% Cu, 4% Zn
Year: 1924
Description: Ap_Grade: ^28 Oz/Ton Ag, 0.25 Oz/Ton Au, 36% Pb, 4% Cu, 6.2% Zn


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Vein
Operation Type: Unknown
Year Last Production: 1925
Discovery Year: 1898
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, Eureka Graben


Alterations

Not available


Rocks

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

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

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

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


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

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


Comments

Comment (Workings): MINE DEVELOPED BY 1500-FT CROSSCUT TUNNEL DRIVEN (PRESUMABLY) NW, WITH 500-FT RAISE TO SURFACE. SIX LEVELS DEVELOPED TO NE ON VEIN OFF RAISE AND MAIN 75-DEG INCLINED SHAFT. LEVEL 1 (LOWER), 1000-FT DRIFT; LEVEL 2, 1000-FT DRIFT; LEVEL 3, 200-FT DRIFT; LEVEL 4, 400-FT DRIFT; LEVEL 5, 1000-FT DRIFT; LEVEL 6, EXTENT UNKNOWN. LEVEL 6 IS 300 FT BELOW SURFACE, AND LEVEL 5 IS 400 FT BELOW SURFACE. LEVELS 1-4 DRIVEN OVER 480-FT VERTICAL INTERVAL BELOW LEVEL 5. IRVING AND BANCROFT (1911) MENTION UPPER, SHORTER CROSSCUT DRIVEN N 43 W FOR 200 FT. DISCOVERY SHAFTS LOCATED 450 AND 1100 FT NE OF MAIN SHAFT. BALTIMORE SHAFT LOCATED 1900 FT NE OF MAIN SHAFT. MINE WAS CONNECTED VIA WIRE-ROPE TRAMWAY TO WHITNEY (RED ROVER) MILL ON HENSON CREEK.

Comment (Location): MINE LOCATED NORTH OF HENSON CREEK ALONG UNNAMED GULCH DIRECTLY ACROSS VALLEY FROM BIG CASINO GULCH. ELEV AND LAT-LONG GIVEN ARE FOR MAIN SHAFT NEAR UPPER TUNNEL LEVEL. ; INFO FROM LAND.ST :1977

Comment (Deposit): DEPOSIT LIES JUST OUTSIDE NORTH RIM OF LAKE CITY CALDERA IN UNCOMPAHGRE CALDERA INFILL ROCKS CONSISTING OF EUREKA MEMBER RHYOLITE AND PICAYUNE MEGABRECCIA, COMPOSED OF CHAOTIC MASSES OF PRECALDERA INTERMEDIATE-COMPOSITION ROCKS INTERPRETED TO BE RESULT OF SLUMPING FROM OVERSTEEPENED CALDERA WALLS DURING INITIAL SUBSIDENCE OF UNCOMPAHGRE CALDERA. DEPOSIT IS TRANSVERSE VEIN IN SLACK'S (1980) QUARTZ/BASE-METAL ASSEMBLAGE, MIDDLE HYBRID ZONE. IN UPPER WORKINGS, VEIN DIPS 60 NW AND HAS FAIRLY WELL DEFINED WALLS WITH LITTLE OR NO CLAY SELVAGE. IN LOWER WORKINGS, VEIN DIPS CLOSER TO STRATIFICATION IN BRECCIA (ABOUT 45 NW) AND SPLITS INTO MANY PARALLEL AND INTERSECTING STRINGERS SEPARATED BY IRREGULAR SHEETS OF COUNTRY ROCK. WHERE VEINS RUN ALONG BRECCIA LAYERS, DEPOSIT APPEARS TO BE MORE OF REPLACEMENT TYPE. ORE SHOOTS PITCHED 30 NE ALONG STRIKE OF VEIN AND ARE SEPARATED BY GANGUE AND LESS ABUNDANT ORE.

Comment (Production): PARTIAL PRODUCTION RECORD. MINE REPORTEDLY PRODUCED IN 1906 AND 1907, BUT FIGURES FOR THESE YEARS AND OTHER PRIOR YEARS ARE UNAVAILABLE. NO PRODUCTION REPORTED IN 1920-1923.


References

Reference (Deposit): IRVING, J.D., AND BANCROFT, HOWLAND, 1911, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS NEAR LAKE CITY, COLORADO: USGS BULL. 478, P. 81-85.

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

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): COLORADO DIV. MINES INF. REPTS. AND ANNUAL OPERATOR REPTS.

Reference (Deposit): BLM MINERAL SURVEYS MS 12676, 12677, 13872, 16992, 18010, 18011, 20240A&B

Reference (Production): COLORADO DIV. MINES ANNUAL OPERATOR REPTS.