Wire Patch Mine

The Wire Patch Mine is a gold and silver mine located in Summit county, Colorado.

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: Wire Patch Mine  

State:  Colorado

County:  Summit

Elevation:

Primary Mineral: Gold, Silver

Lat, Long: 39.48444, -105.96778

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Wire Patch Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Wire Patch Mine
Secondary: Elephant Tunnel and ore body
Secondary: Mill Tunnel


Commodity

Primary: Gold
Primary: Silver
Secondary: Lead


Location

State: Colorado
County: Summit
District: Breckenridge District


Land Status

Not available


Holdings

Not available


Workings

Not available


Ownership

Not available


Production

Not available


Deposit

Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Organization:
Significant: N


Physiography

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


Mineral Deposit Model

Not available


Orebody

Not available


Structure

Type: L
Description: intrusion breccia


Alterations

Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: sericitized porpphyry


Rocks

Name: Porphyry
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Tertiary

Name: Black Shale
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Cretaceous


Analytical Data

Not available


Materials

Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Sphalerite
Gangue: Rhodochrosite


Comments

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.


References

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Reference (Deposit): Sunshine Mining Co. Colorado exploration files, unpublished data, Colorado Geological Survey.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.