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Base and Industrial Metal Mining in Colorado

Added by Nick Johnson on 11/20/2022 - 12:36, last changed on 11/20/2022 - 12:36

Climax Mine, 1930s

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Miners came to Colorado for gold, stayed for silver, and survived after the 1890s by diversifying into a wide range of base and industrial metals such as lead, copper, zinc, molybdenum, tungsten, vanadium, radium, and uranium . Often ignored or discarded during early prospecting and mining, these...

Climax Molybdenum Mine

Added by yongli on 04/09/2020 - 11:26, last changed on 12/13/2022 - 23:40
Located in Lake County beside Fremont Pass, the Climax Molybdenum Mine started production in 1918 and grew to become the world’s largest underground mine. Deemed a national priority during World War II because of molybdenum’s importance in hardening steel, Climax continued to grow for a generation...

Henderson Molybdenum Mine

Added by yongli on 04/10/2020 - 10:25, last changed on 12/13/2022 - 23:40
Located about nine miles west of Empire , the Henderson Molybdenum Mine was developed by American Metal Climax (AMAX) and opened in 1976 to work one of the world’s largest known molybdenum deposits. A conveyor belt for transporting ore connects the mine to a separate mill on the western side of the...
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