Continental Chief

Past Producer in Lake county in Colorado, United States with commodities Silver, Lead, Zinc, Gold, Copper

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10009438
MRDS ID D002432
Record type Site
Current site name Continental Chief
Related records 10167089

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -106.17533, 39.23277 (WGS84)
Elevation 3877
Location accuracy 10(meters)
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Colorado Lake

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
6th Principal 095N 079W 35 Colorado

Comments on the location information

  • Iowa Amphitheater at the head of Iowa Gulch, about 6 miles ESE of Leadville, in the SW/4 sec 25, T 9 S, R 79 W.


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary
Gold Secondary
Copper Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cerussite Ore
Galena Ore
Hydrozincite Ore
Smithsonite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Tetrahedrite Ore
Barite Gangue
Dolomite Gangue
Limonite Gangue
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 72
USGS model code 19a
Deposit model name Polymetallic replacement
Mark3 model number 47

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Dolomite
    Rock unit name Leadville Dolomite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Mississippian

Nearby scientific data

(1) -106.17533, 39.23277

Comments on the geologic information

  • Replacement and vein deposits in dolomite.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Significant No

Mining district

District name Horseshoe District

Comments on the production information

  • Reported production valued at $3,000,000 before 1920.

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • About 5,000 tons of proven ore averaging 17 oz/ton silver and 3 % lead; potential ore totals 20,000 tons at a similar grade. (Sunshine files, 1980)

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS D002432
Office of Mineral Exploration OME OME 6080

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit


  • Deposit

    Behre, C. H., Jr., 1953, Geology and ore deposits of the west slope of the Mosquito Range (Colorado): U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 235, 176 p.

  • Deposit

    Sunshine Mining Co. Colorado exploration files, unpublished data, Colorado Geological Survey.

  • Deposit

    Johansing, R. J., and Thompson, T. B., 1990, Geology and origin of Sherman-type deposits, central Colorado: Economic Geology Monograph 7, p. 367-394.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-APR-1977 Hasler, J. William U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 30-OCT-1997 Intermountain Field Operations Center (IFOC) U.S. Bureau of Mines
Updater 02-MAR-2006 Beach, Richard A. Colorado Geological Survey