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Calumet Iron Mine

Located near Salida Colorado this mine is a premier source of some of the better Epidote crystals to about 2" found in North America. It was originally mined long ago for iron ore by CF&I (Colorado Fuel and Iron) Steel of Pueblo Colorado, which at least when I took a high school field trip in 1975 was still the largest steel producer west of the Mississippi. The Calumet Mine has also produced massive magnetite, actinolite, blue corundum, pryrite, and fine gem grade quartz some included with epidote or chlorite, among other minerals. The blue corundum is the only occurence of note that has been elusive for me, though I have found some small nail head sized pieces. It is not difficult to find plenty of interesting specimens to take home with you at the Calumet Iron Mine, though if you want to find the best this location has to offer, be prepared to do some hard rock mining. There is nothing quite like opening up a new pocket of great mineral specimens that have never been seen before.
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Calumet Epidote Matrix Specimen
Calumet Epidote Matrix Specimen
Calumet Quartz and Epidote 1
Calumet Quartz and Epidote 1
Calumet Epidote Specimen
Calumet Epidote Specimen
Calumet Epidote Specimen II
Calumet Epidote Specimen II
Calumet Epidote Specimen III
Calumet Epidote Specimen III
Calumet Double Terminated Quartz
Calumet Double Terminated Quartz
Calumet Quarz Specimen
Calumet Quarz Specimen
Calumet Epidote Crystal
Calumet Epidote Crystal
Calumet Quartz with inclusions
Calumet Quartz with inclusions
Calumet Magnetite
Calumet Magnetite
Calumet Epidote on Calcite
Calumet Epidote on Calcite
Calumet Quartz w Epidote Inclusions
Calumet Quartz w Epidote Inclusions
Calumet Epidote I
Calumet Epidote I
Calumet Epidote II
Calumet Epidote II
Calumet Iron Mine I
Calumet Iron Mine I
Calumet Epidote Boulder
Calumet Epidote Boulder
Calumet Epidot Crystals
Calumet Epidot Crystals
Calumet Iron Mine
Calumet Iron Mine
Calumet Iron Mine Powder Shack
Calumet Iron Mine Powder Shack
Epidote Pocket
Epidote Pocket
Parking Spot
Parking Spot
Parking Spot
Parking Spot
Actinolite w magnetite
Actinolite w magnetite
View towards Collegiate Peaks across Arkansas Valley
View towards Collegiate Peaks across Arkansas Valley
Road at top of Calumet
Road at top of Calumet
Epidote Pocket
Epidote Pocket
Blue Sky Day
Blue Sky Day
Calumet Specimens
Calumet Specimens
Calumet Specimens II
Calumet Specimens II
Mine Shaft
Mine Shaft
Calumet Trail
Calumet Trail
Epidote Macro
Epidote Macro
Quartz with Epidote
Quartz with Epidote
Calumet Iron Mine
Calumet Iron Mine
Aragonite on Quartz 1
Aragonite on Quartz 1
Aragonite on Quartz 2
Aragonite on Quartz 2
Aragonite on Quartz 3
Aragonite on Quartz 3
Aragonite on Quartz 4
Aragonite on Quartz 4
Aragonite on Quartz 5
Aragonite on Quartz 5
Diopside/Actinolite Inclusions in Quartz
Diopside/Actinolite Inclusions in Quartz
Diopside Crystal on Calcite 1
Diopside Crystal on Calcite 1
Diopside Crystal on Calcite 2
Diopside Crystal on Calcite 2
Diopside Crystal on Calcite 3
Diopside Crystal on Calcite 3
Actinolite (locally Uralite) on Calcite 1
Actinolite (locally Uralite) on Calcite 1
Actinolite (locally Uralite) on Calcite 2
Actinolite (locally Uralite) on Calcite 2
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