Colorado Central Mine

The Colorado Central Mine is a zinc, lead, and silver mine located in Clear Creek county, Colorado at an elevation of 10,200 feet.

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: Colorado Central Mine  

State:  Colorado

County:  Clear Creek

Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3,109 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Zinc, Lead, Silver

Lat, Long: 39.69667, -105.70583

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Colorado Central Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Colorado Central Mine
Secondary: Equator Tunnel
Secondary: Marshall Tunnel
Secondary: Aliunde Tunnel and Shaft
Secondary: Ocean Wave Tunnel


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


State: Colorado
County: Clear Creek
District: Georgetown-Silver Plume District

Land Status

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


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

Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Polymetallic veins


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Type: L
Description: vein junctions, dip changes, wall rock compentency


Alteration Type: L
Alteration Text: wall rock altered to sericite, quartz, siderite


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

Name: Pegmatite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Proterozoic

Name: Granite
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Proterozoic

Name: Gneiss
Role: Host
Age Type: Host Rock
Age Young: Proterozoic

Analytical Data

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Ore: Proustite
Ore: Tetrahedrite
Ore: Stephanite
Ore: Sphalerite
Ore: Argentite
Ore: Chalcopyrite
Ore: Galena
Ore: Polybasite
Ore: Silver
Ore: Pyrargyrite
Gangue: Ankerite
Gangue: Barite
Gangue: Calcite
Gangue: Hematite
Gangue: Kaolinite
Gangue: Pyrite
Gangue: Quartz
Gangue: Siderite


Comment (Commodity): The mine is noted for its large production of rich silver ore; lead and zinc are of less value, and very little copper or gold is present.

Comment (Geology): The Colorado Central vein, a fissure sulfide vein, strikes NE and dips steeply NW or is vertical; in places it splits into the North and South veins and other veins branching between the two. The veins are often bounded by granite porphyry dikes.

Comment (Location): At the mouth of Leavenworth Creek, 1-1/2 miles SSW of Georgetown, secs.19-20, T 4 S, R 74 W.

Comment (Production): Estimate total value of output exceeds $8 million.

Comment (Production): High grade Ag ore in Colorado Central Mine ranged from 200-800 opt Ag. Colorado Central vein consistently produced ore in the 200 opt Ag range for 16 years after its discovery in 1872.

Comment (Workings): The veins are accessed by several tunnels: the Aliunde, Equator, Ocean Wave, and Marshall and many shafts. Workings extend to 1050-foot level and 3/4 mile along strike of the vein.


Reference (Deposit): Spurr, J. E., Garrey, G. H., and Ball, S. H., 1908, Economic geology of the Georgetown quadrangle, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 63, 422 p.

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

Reference (Deposit): REF:BOM ANNUAL REPORT 1915

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.