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Black Rose #6
Unpatented Placer Claim
20.00 Acres
Tincup Mining District

Gunnison County, Colorado
8,500 USD

Primary Metal
Gold & Silver


Purchase the Black Rose #6 unpatented Placer Claim for outright for 8,500 USD or finance in house with a down payment of 3,400 USD and a monthly payment of 234.75 USD for 24 months.

No early pre-payment penalties, credit checks, or hidden fees.


The Black Rose #6 is a placer claim situated at the drainage of slaughterhouse gulch.  The area has a winding small but deep stream and has one big corner turn that sits above the water line with numerous outcrops in the granite host rock and also a pool shaped depression approximately 50 yards wide to help trap gold millions of years ago, which adds a whole other dimension to this claims gold viability both in fine a nugget gold.  The claim can be panned, creviced, sluiced, high banked, dredged, dry washed, or metal detected very easily.

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.


The claim is 2WD drivable with standard SUV ground clearance right into the claim.  From Tincup this claim lies South approximately 1.2 miles for easy access to the claim and the historic town of Tincup with a restaurant and ample camping and hiking locations.


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.

Gold Source(s)

In order to understand what gold is deposited on the claim you have to look upstream at the source.

Major Mines

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.

Cumberland Mine

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.

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