Wire Patch Placer

The Wire Patch Placer is a gold 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 Placer  

State:  Colorado

County:  Summit


Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 39.48417, -105.96861

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Wire Patch Placer MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Wire Patch Placer


Primary: Gold


State: Colorado
County: Summit
District: Breckenridge District

Land Status

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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
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General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Placer Au-PGE


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Analytical Data

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Comment (Reserve-Resource): The valley of French Gulch adjacent to the Wire Patch placer has not been worked, but its potential for placer deposits was considered to be low. (Sunshine files #221)

Comment (Geology): One of the gulch, or colluvial, placer deposits around Farncomb Hill, it was small but rich in gold.

Comment (Location): Gulch on the SW slope of the saddle between Humbug and Farncomb Hills, about 4 miles east of Breckenridge, W/2 sec. 35, T 6S, R 77 W.

Comment (Production): The Wire Patch, and other placers in gulches that drain Farncomb Hill, are credited with $5,000,000 (about 250,000 oz. of gold at $20/oz.) output in gold.


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): CONSV. DIV. COMP. DATE, 8,65

Reference (Deposit): Sunshine Mining Co. Colorado exploration files, unpublished data, Colorado Geological Survey.

Reference (Deposit): Parker, B. H., Jr., 1961, The geology of the gold placers of Colorado: Golden, Colorado School of Mines, Ph.D. dissertation, 578 p.