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Climax Molybdenum Mine

Updated 2020-05-27
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  • Climax Mine Today

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    The Climax Mine experienced hard times in the late twentieth century, frequently reducing production after 1982 and even shutting down for many years in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It resumed production in 2012 with a smaller workforce than before.
    Climax Mine Today
  • Climax Mine, 1930s

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    After sitting idle for several years after World War I, the Climax Mine experienced tremendous growth and greatly increased its production in the late 1920s and 1930s. The effects of underground mining are evident in the caving seen here on Bartlett Mountain (center).
    Climax Mine, 1930s
  • Climax Employee Housing

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    To attract a stable workforce, Climax Molybdenum developed a company town atop Fremont Pass starting in 1936. The town eventually grew to roughly 1,800 residents before being moved twelve miles to Leadville in the early 1960s.
    Climax Employee Housing

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