The Wire Patch Mine is a gold and silver mine located in Summit county, Colorado.
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Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver
Lat, Long: 39.48444, -105.96778
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Wire Patch Mine MRDS details
Primary: Wire Patch Mine
Secondary: Elephant Tunnel and ore body
Secondary: Mill Tunnel
District: Breckenridge District
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Description: intrusion breccia
Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: sericitized porpphyry
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Tertiary
Name: Black Shale
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Cretaceous
Comment (Geology): Ore in the Elephant ore body consisted of sulfides in sericitized porphyry and shale breccia.
Comment (Location): On the SW slope of Farncomb Hill, at 10,550 feet elevation, about 4 miles east of Breckenridge, sec. 35, T 6S, R 77 W.
Comment (Production): The Elephant ore body produced about $140,000 (about 7,000 oz. of gold at $20/oz.) from about 1882 to 1889.
Reference (Deposit): WILSON, ANNA B., AND LAROCK, EDWARD J., IN PRESS, MINERALIZED AREAS AND PRINCIPAL LODE MINES IN SOUTHERN SUMMIT COUNTY, COLORADO, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY MISCELLANEOUS FIELD STUDIES MAP MF-2163, SCALE 1:50,000.
Reference (Deposit): Sunshine Mining Co. Colorado exploration files, unpublished data, Colorado Geological Survey.
Reference (Deposit): Lovering, T. S., and Goddard, E. N., 1950, Geology and ore deposits of the Front Range, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 223, 319 p.
Reference (Deposit): RANSOME, F.L., 1911, GEOLOGY AND ORE DEPOSITS OF THE BRECKENRIDGE DISTRICT, COLORADO: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PROFESSIONAL PAPER 75, P. 150.
Reference (Deposit): WILSON, ANNA B., AND LAROCK, EDWARD J., 1991, ASCII DATABASE FOR PRINCIPAL LODE MINES AND MINERALIZED AREAS IN SOUTHERN SUMMIT COUNTY, COLORADO, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OPEN-FILE REPORT 91-0027A AND B, 22 P. AND ONE DISKETTE.