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Animas Forks

Added by yongli on 11/04/2015 - 13:55, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:35
Established in 1875 and occupied until the 1920s, Animas Forks is a ghost town northeast of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains. It sits at an elevation of about 11,200 feet. It survived primarily on the strength of speculative investment rather than productive mining, though several nearby mining...

Breckenridge Historic District

Added by yongli on 11/04/2015 - 15:27, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Settled as a gold-mining camp in 1859, Breckenridge has gone through a series of booms and busts typical of Colorado’s mining towns. The advent of skiing in the 1960s revived the town after decades of stagnation, bringing modern development but also greater interest in historic preservation. Today...

Chaffee County

Added by yongli on 01/30/2017 - 16:45, last changed on 05/18/2017 - 08:10
Chaffee County lies in central Colorado on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains and along the Upper Arkansas River valley. It is bordered by Lake and Park Counties to the north, Park and Fremont Counties to the east, Saguache County to the south, and Gunnison County to the west. Chaffee County’...

Georgetown–Silver Plume Historic District

Added by yongli on 11/18/2016 - 16:27, last changed on 06/28/2017 - 10:46
Located in the upper Clear Creek valley about forty-five miles west of Denver , the Georgetown–Silver Plume Historic District is one of the best preserved historic mining districts in Colorado. In the late nineteenth century, Georgetown thrived as the area’s commercial and professional center,...

Hanging Flume

Added by yongli on 11/09/2015 - 13:05, last changed on 05/12/2017 - 10:22
The hanging flume is a three-sided, six-foot-wide and four-foot-deep wooden trough that is suspended for ten miles along sandstone walls 150 feet or more above the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers. During late nineteenth-century gold rushes, many Western mining companies built flumes to get water to...

Matchless Mine

Added by yongli on 11/06/2015 - 10:58, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:39
One of the most famous mines in Colorado, the Matchless Mine in the Leadville Mining District produced millions of dollars’ worth of silver for its owner, Horace Tabor , in the early 1880s. The mine is perhaps best known, however, as the home of Horace Tabor’s second wife, Elizabeth “Baby Doe”...

San Juan County

Added by yongli on 06/27/2016 - 15:27, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 17:36
San Juan County was established just before Colorado became a state in 1876. It initially stretched from the Utah border in the west to its present border in the east. The next year, the first state assembly allocated most of San Juan County’s western portion to the newly formed Ouray County, and...

San Miguel County

Added by yongli on 08/16/2016 - 10:45, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 17:36
San Miguel County covers 1,289 square miles in southwest Colorado. Named for the river that flows northwest across its eastern flank, the county is bordered to the north by Montrose County , to the east by Ouray County , to the southeast by San Juan County , to the south by Dolores County , and to...

Shenandoah-Dives Mill

Added by yongli on 08/25/2016 - 12:08, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
Located two miles northeast of Silverton , the Shenandoah-Dives Mill (also known as the Mayflower Mill) was constructed in 1929 and became the longest-running mill in the San Juan Mountains . Operating most years from 1930 to 1991, the mill processed a total of nearly 10 million tons of rock and...

Shenandoah-Dives Mining Company

Added by yongli on 09/21/2016 - 15:34, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
The Shenandoah-Dives Mining Company was active in the San Juan Mountains from the 1930s through the 1960s. As one of the largest mining operations in the region during the twentieth century, the company’s history exemplifies the boom and bust cycles and labor strife that were common in Colorado’s...

Teller County

Added by yongli on 08/16/2016 - 10:40, last changed on 05/23/2017 - 09:40
Teller County, named for former US senator and railroad mogul Henry M. Teller , covers 559 square miles of the high country west of Pikes Peak in central Colorado. It is bordered by Douglas County to the north, El Paso County to the east, Fremont County to the south, and Park County to the west...
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