Wilfley-Kimberly Mine

The Wilfley-Kimberly Mine is a gold, lead, zinc, and silver mine located in Summit county, Colorado at an elevation of 10,600 feet.

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Mine Info

Name: Wilfley-Kimberly Mine  

State:  Colorado

County:  Summit

Elevation: 10,600 Feet (3,231 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold, Lead, Zinc, Silver

Lat, Long: 39.43389, -106.19750

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Wilfley-Kimberly Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Wilfley-Kimberly Mine
Secondary: Wilfley Adit (Tunnel)
Secondary: Delphose Tunnel
Secondary: Kimberly Tunnel


Primary: Gold
Primary: Lead
Primary: Zinc
Primary: Silver
Secondary: Copper


State: Colorado
County: Summit
District: Tenmile - Kokomo

Land Status

Land ownership: Private
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Year: 1965
Time Period: 1902-65


Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Mining Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N


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

Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Polymetallic replacement


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Type: L
Description: SW flank of Kokomo syncline, many small high-angle faults


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: silicification (jasperoid)


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

Name: Limestone
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Pennsylvanian

Analytical Data

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Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Pyrrhotite
Ore: Pyrite
Ore: Galena
Gangue: Siderite


Comment (Production): The Wilfley-Kimberly was one of the major producers in the district. Rich oxidized silver-lead ore was mined in the early days, but records of production before 1902 are unavailable. Total production from 1902 to 1965: gold - 4,485 oz, silver - 203,358 oz, copper - 7,759 lb, lead - 2,313,880 lb, zinc - 9,183,746 lb.

Comment (Production): Production grouped with Kimberly mine

Comment (Development): In 1895 the Wilfley concentrating table was developed and used here to successfully separate mixed sulfide ores of lead and zinc.

Comment (Geology): Replacement ore bodies are in the White Quail Limestone that dips NE into the Kokomo syncline at 20 to 35 degrees. Many north- to NE-trending, high-angle faults of small displacement probably served as channels for ore fluids and are mineralized also.

Comment (Location): Adits on west side of Searle Gulch, about 1 mile NW of Kokomo (townsite), in the NE/4 sec 22, T 7 S, R 79 W.

Comment (Commodity): Gangue contains jasperoid.

Comment (Reserve-Resource): 500,000 tons in 5 blocks, half of which is judged to be recoverable (1949 Sunshine file report)


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

Reference (Deposit): Bergendahl, M. H., and Koschmann, A. H., 1971, Ore deposits of the Kokomo-Tenmile district, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 652, 53 p.

Reference (Deposit): Koschmann, A. H., and Wells, F. G., 1946, Preliminary report on the Kokomo mining district, Colorado: Colorado Scientific Society Proceedings, v. 15, no. 2, p. 51-112.