Black Rose #4
Unpatented Placer Claim
Tincup Mining District
Gunnison County Colorado
Sale Price: 12,500 USD
Gold & Silver
Fines, Flakes, Nuggets
Buy the Black Rose #4 unpatented Placer Claim for 12,500 USD outright or finance in house with a down payment of 5,000 USD and a monthly payment of 345.22 USD for 24 months.
No early pre-payment penalty, credit check, or hidden fees.
The Black Rose #4 claim is an area where topographically the valley walls start to choke down a bit leaving the stream to push in on its self creating many corners and fast flowing deep water in the spring and flows quickly all summer long. Big boulders have been sitting on this claim for a very long time to due historic water flows and shifting terrain over millions of years. The claim can be panned, creviced, sluiced, high banked, dredged, dry washed, or metal detected very easily.
Upon surveying fine gold was found along with small amounts of silver by our surveyor. There are numerous beached channels that host dry gravel and the active flowing stream channel is approximately 5' to 15' wide depending on location. Small nuggets were recovered last year further downstream with high bankers.
This claim is downstream from over a large variety of gold mines that were producing significant amounts of ore in the late 1890's thru early 1900. With very few remaining open areas to mine along this creek the value and location of the claim are extremely rare to find in this mining district.
Additionally, approximately one mile below the claims lies an old very large gold dredge. This gold dredge had been working its way upstream to the Black Rose Claims but was shut down due to the crash of precious metals prices and the war act of WW1. Therefore, the Black Rose claims have never been dredged.
Claim is 2WD accessible with SUV ground clearance on Forest Service RD 765 directly to the entire length of the claim. The town of Tincup Colorado is less than two miles away and has a restaurant in addition to many camping locations that access hiking and UTV trails. The town of Pitkin Colorado is located directly over the backside of Cumberland pass of Forest Service RD 765.
In October 1859, prospector Jim Taylor panned some gold from Willow Creek, and carried it back to camp in a tin cup; he named the valley "Tin Cup Gulch" and subsequently the town Tincup. For years there were no year round communities in the valley due to the danger of Indian attacks and harsh winters.
In 1878, lode deposits were discovered in the area around newly formed Tincup. By 1880 the town had a population of 1,495. The early days of Tincup were violent. Town Marshall Harry Rivers died in a gunfight in 1882, and marshal Andy Jameson was shot to death in 1883.
In order to understand what gold is deposited on the claim you have to look upstream at the source.
Two major gold mines upstream of the Black Rose Claims were drifted into the initial primary in-situ deposits. The Blistered Horn Tunnel and The Cumberland Mine.
Blistered Horn Tunnel
The Blistered Horn was driven 1,800' and reportedly reached lower Paleozoic units. A raise of 375' connects to the Jimmy Mack Mine. Production yielded 64,117 pounds of lead, 9,583 ounces of silver, 78 ounces of gold, and 149 pounds of copper. The wall rock consisted of chiefly gneissic granite; some quartzite and dolomite. The ore comes in the form of Galena, sphalerite, pyrite, gold, silver, chalcopyrite, tetrahedrite, cerussite, calamine, malachite, azurite, and chrysocolla. The Gangue material is quartz and limonite.
The Cumberland reported production in 1883 of 530 tons of ore running 2 Au/OZ/PT, 6 Ag/OZ/PT, and 64% iron. The ore body is a replacement limestone bed in Belden shale that lies between the quartz diorite porphyry and Tincup quartz monzonite porphyry. Extents irregularly along strike of bed for several hundred feet locally 10' thick as exposed in 1949 and reported as much as 38' thick in the mine. The ore consists of magnetite, hematite, limonite, malachite, and chalcopyrite. Gold and silver was within limonite and chalcopyrite. The Gangue minerals are calcite, quartz, garnet, diopside, serpentine, and tremolite.
The town died down as the crash of precious metals prices idled most mines as the United States went into multiple World Wars shortly thereafter. This mining district has laid idle from commercial mining since then.