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Colorado Mining Towns.

Gold was discovered in 1859 & 1860 in Idaho Springs, Central City, Georgetown, Silver Plume and Leadville. There were small towns around these towns. Between 1870 and 1880 many other mining towns were created, such as; Creede, Silverton, Ouray, Lake City and Tellrude. The infant mining area was Cripple Creek-Victor. The area had been prospected from 1871, but nothing was ever found.
around 1890 gold was finally discovered in the Cripple Creek area.

It has been 148 years since the initial discoveries were made. It is amazing how many old mines have stood up during this period.

Gold was the main discovery, then silver was discovered.

I hope that you enjoy these current images from the Colorado Mining past.
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Vindicator Mine head frame and hoist.
Vindicator Mine head frame and hoist.
The Vindicator mine head frame.
The Vindicator mine head frame.
The Vindicator mine ore house.
The Vindicator mine ore house.
Pittsburg Mine and Mill
Pittsburg Mine and Mill
Bates-Hunter Mine
Bates-Hunter Mine
Unknown mine.
Unknown mine.
Old Town Mine
Old Town Mine
Meeker-Success Mine.
Meeker-Success Mine.
Hidee Gold Mine-an operating tour mine.
Hidee Gold Mine-an operating tour mine.
Hidee Gold Mine-an operating tour mine.
Hidee Gold Mine-an operating tour mine.
Hidee Gold Mine-an operating tour mine.
Hidee Gold Mine-an operating tour mine.
Hidee Gold Mine.-A operating tour mine.
Hidee Gold Mine.-A operating tour mine.
Gold Collar Mine
Gold Collar Mine
Gold Collar Mine
Gold Collar Mine
Grand Army Mine
Grand Army Mine
Grand Army Mine.
Grand Army Mine.
What remains of Chihuahua, CO. (Updated)
What remains of Chihuahua, CO. (Updated)
Pennyslvania Mill.
Pennyslvania Mill.
Pennyslvania Mill.
Pennyslvania Mill.
Machinery in the Pennyslvania Mill.
Machinery in the Pennyslvania Mill.
Pennyslvania Mill.
Pennyslvania Mill.
The Pennyslvania Mill and ore house.
The Pennyslvania Mill and ore house.
Pennsylvania Mines and Mill
Pennsylvania Mines and Mill
School and mine.
School and mine.
National Mine and Mill.
National Mine and Mill.
Gold in the hills.
Gold in the hills.
Mammoth Mine
Mammoth Mine
Golden Gilpin Ore Mill.
Golden Gilpin Ore Mill.
Coeur d' Alene Mine.
Coeur d' Alene Mine.
Another strange headstone.
Another strange headstone.
She lived a lot of years.
She lived a lot of years.
Ibex Mine #4 shaft-hoist house.
Ibex Mine #4 shaft-hoist house.
Ibex Mine #4 shaft-Hoist house.
Ibex Mine #4 shaft-Hoist house.
Ibex Mine #4 shaft, hoist house.
Ibex Mine #4 shaft, hoist house.
The Ibex Mine ore house.
The Ibex Mine ore house.
Robert Emmett Mine.
Robert Emmett Mine.
An unknown mine in Evans Gulch.
An unknown mine in Evans Gulch.
Clear Grit Mine.
Clear Grit Mine.
Matchless Mine.
Matchless Mine.
First National Mine.
First National Mine.
Not even a year old.
Not even a year old.
Possible Seven Thirty Mine.
Possible Seven Thirty Mine.
Stanley Mines.
Stanley Mines.
Old store and houses.
Old store and houses.
Sopp & Truscott Bakery.
Sopp & Truscott Bakery.
Argo Tunnel and Mill.
Argo Tunnel and Mill.
Phoenix Gold Mine.
Phoenix Gold Mine.
Latrine mine car.
Latrine mine car.
Shovel mine car.
Shovel mine car.
Mine car.
Mine car.
Stanley Mines.
Stanley Mines.
Maude Monroe Mine.
Maude Monroe Mine.
Victor, CO.
Victor, CO.
Victor, CO
Victor, CO
Molly Kathleen Mine.
Molly Kathleen Mine.
Pearl DeVere Grave.
Pearl DeVere Grave.
Gold King Mine.
Gold King Mine.
Molly Kathleen Mine.
Molly Kathleen Mine.
Molly Kathleen Mine.
Molly Kathleen Mine.
The Homestead House.
The Homestead House.
Gold Mining-21st Century.
Gold Mining-21st Century.
Gold Mining-21st Century.
Gold Mining-21st Century.
Gold Mining-21st Century.
Gold Mining-21st Century.
Gold Mining-21st Century.
Gold Mining-21st Century.
Hoosier Mine.
Hoosier Mine.
Independence Mine.
Independence Mine.
Old Goldfield cabin looking across the valley.
Old Goldfield cabin looking across the valley.
Portland Mine.
Portland Mine.
The American Eagles Mine.
The American Eagles Mine.
Storm clouds behind the Independence Mine headframe.
Storm clouds behind the Independence Mine headframe.
Vindicator Mine.
Vindicator Mine.
Vindicator Mine complex.
Vindicator Mine complex.
Theresa Mine Hoist House.
Theresa Mine Hoist House.
Theresa Mine
Theresa Mine
Cameron Mine in pristine snow.
Cameron Mine in pristine snow.
Cameron Mine.
Cameron Mine.
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