Columbine Mine

Past Producer in Albany county in Wyoming, United States with commodities Copper, Silver, Platinum, Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10038159
MRDS ID M045450
MAS/MILS ID 560010119
Record type Site
Current site name Columbine Mine
Included sites Centennial Ridge District

Comments on the site identification

  • SEE ALSO: MRDS M045456.

Geographic coordinates

Point of reference Main Entrance
Geographic coordinates: -106.18806, 41.26444 (WGS84)
Elevation 2713
Location accuracy 10(meters)
Relative position APPROXIMATELY 3.5 MI SOUTHWEST OF CENTENNIAL. Mine on topo corresponds with mine labeled Columbine on p. 1 of McCallum (1968, PR-7).
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Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Wyoming Albany

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
6th Principal 015N 078W 17 SW4 Wyoming

Comments on the location information

  • IN MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Silver Secondary
Platinum Tertiary
Gold Tertiary

Comments on the commodity information

  • PRESENCE OF PLATINUM AND GOLD NOT VERIFIED
  • UNVERIFIED REPORT OF PT
  • IRON AND COPPER SUFIDES FOUND IN DUMP [FROM DELETED RECORD 10302346 = 0560010119].

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Chrysocolla Ore
Gold Ore
Malachite Ore
Pyrite Ore

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Schist
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic

Nearby scientific data

Main Entrance (1) -106.18806, 41.26444

Geologic structures

Type of structure Regional
Structure description Mullen Creek-Nash Fork Shear Zone

Ore body information

  • General form VEIN, SHEAR ZONE

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Fractures

Comments on the geologic information

  • BEDROCK IS DECOMPOSED GRANITE AND SOME CLAY. GRAVEL USUALLY <1 FT IN DIAMETER; CLASSIFIED AS FINE AND MEDIUM. GOLD IS FINE, LYING MOSTLY ON BEDROCK OR WITHIN 1-2 FT OF IT.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation type Underground
Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1927

Mining district

District name Centennial Ridge District

Land status

Ownership category National Forest

Comments on the production information

  • TOTAL PRODUCTION TO 1914 ESTIMATED AT $1,033,000. PRODUCTION YEARS 1938-42, 1946-51.
  • NO PRODUCTION FIGURES AVAILABLE; PRESUMED SMALL

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground
    Length 15.24M

Comments on the workings information

  • DREDGED
  • 50 FT TUNNEL
  • DRIFT DRIVEN PARALLEL TO SCHISTOSITY IN MYLONITE AND SCHIST. [FROM DELETED RECORD 10302346 = 0560010119]

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M045450
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 560010119 =newMRDS 10302346, merged and deleted

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    MCCALLUM, M.E., 1968, THE CENTENNIAL RIDGE GOLD-PLATINUM DISTRICT, ALBANY COUNTY, WYOMING: GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF WYOMING PRELIMINARY REPORT 7, P. 11.

  • Deposit

    HAUSEL, W.D., 1980, GOLD DISTRICTS OF WYOMING: GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF WYOMING REPORT OF INVESTIGATIONS 23, P. 38.

  • Deposit

    HAUSEL, W.D., 1989, THE GEOLOGY OF WYOMING'S PRECIOUS METAL LODE AND PLACER DEPOSITS: GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF WYOMING BULLETIN 68, P. 94-95.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit "In the late 1920's a drift was driven parallel to schistosity and cataclastic foliation into biotite-hornblende schist and submylonite about 200 feet above Middle Fork. Iron stained shear planes and finely disseminated sulphides in submylonite were observed but only copper and iron were reported in assays from dump material (NRRI, Table 1). Questionable quantities of platinum metals and gold have been reported from shattered vein material a few hundrd feet below the portal (E.K., Burhans, 1961, personal files)." (McCallum, 1968, p. 11)
Deposit IRON-STAINED SHEAR PLANES; UNPUBLISHED MODEL NAME: NEW RAMBLER CU-AU-PGE.
Deposit Discovery Year: LATE 1920'S

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 1975-02-01 Blair, Will N. U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 1991-08-01 Peterson, Jocelyn A. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 1983-11-18 Intermountain Field Operations Center (IFOC) U.S. Bureau of Mines 0560010119 = newMRDS 10302346
Editor 2010-02-02 Wilson, Anna B U.S. Geological Survey 0560010119 = newMRDS 10302346, merged and deleted. revised 04-aug-2011