The Wire Patch Placer is a gold mine located in Summit county, Colorado.
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Primary Mineral: Gold
Lat, Long: 39.48417, -105.96861
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Wire Patch Placer MRDS details
Primary: Wire Patch Placer
District: Breckenridge District
Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Deposit Type: Placer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains
Mineral Deposit Model
Model Name: Placer Au-PGE
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Reference (Deposit): Sunshine Mining Co. Colorado exploration files, unpublished data, Colorado Geological Survey.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.