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Mines and Claims of the Old West

Gold Mining - Mines and Claims of the Old West

Gold mining in Borens Gulch
La Plata County, CO

Just for fun, here is a selection of various Mines and Claims of the Old West. A few are famous, most are not. The majority, likely never paid a dime. Some, from articles in Old West Daily Reader and others I have stumbled across while researching something else. They reflect the spectrum of attitude, optimism and desperation of the prospecting/mining life in the Old West. Sometime it’s very clear where their thoughts were going as they contemplated the possible, impending riches… or the alternatives…

Talk about a section that will NEVER complete, there must be 100,000+ mines out there…
actually, Arizona alone, currently lists in excess of 43,000…
I only add items here as I remember or run across them, so this list grows slowly…
Always happy to have help/new information/corrections, etc. about items here.
Especially those with no reference. Please email me.

Arizona:

Copper Queen [copper] 1877 – 1975
see:
Wk.

Great Western [copper]
see:
Wk.

Calumet & Arizona [copper]
see:
Wk.

Lost Dutchman’s [gold]
(see: Wk. 43, 10/25/1891)

Lucky Cuss [gold?] – 1875 – Watervale, AZ
Watervale, AZ

Tough Nut [silver] – 1879 – 80? – Tombstone, AZ Terr.
Ed Schieflin and brother Al, each had a third interest.

California:

Lost Peg-Leg [gold]
(see: Wk. 41, 10/10/1801)

Colorado:

Alma, Park County, CO
Orphan Boy [gold, silver, lead, and zinc] – 1861

Sweet Home Mine [silver] – c. 1860’s
Today; known for rhodochrosite mineral specimens.

Aspen

The Silverlode
The Smuggler

Aspen District (Roaring Fork District), Pitkin Co.,

Argentum – Juniata Mine (Juniata; Argenta Tunnel
M. & Y.
Golden Fleece
Lost Smuggler
Jesse C.
Amazon
Oriental
Cameron

Central City “The Richest Square Mile on Earth!”

The Glory Hole - Central City, CO - Mines and Claims of the Old West

The Glory Hole
Central City, CO

The Glory Hole
An entire mountain tunneled through by separate mines
but then, the whole thing was blasted down into a giant pit to be processed,
The Glory Hole was, at one time, the largest open pit gold mine in the world.

Hidee Gold Mine

Cripple Creek Mining District [gold] (1890’s)
1st richest in CO, 2nd richest in the Nation

Gamble Gulch – some hydraulic mining lower – mostly tunnels & shafts…
near Rollinsville, CO
Monarch Mill site c. 1880’s
A small cyanide process gold mill
mentioned here because I owned the site, c. 1960’s (not running). – Doc

Leadville [silver]

Little Pittsburgh [silver]
see:
Wk. 09, 02/28/1878
Wk. 15, 04/10/1899

The Matchless Mine<br>Leadville, CO - Mines and Claims of the Old West

The Matchless Mine

The Matchless [silver]
see:
Wk. 15, 04/10/1899

New Castle
The Consolidated [coal]
see:
Photo Gallery – Mining Photos – Mystery of Burning Mountain video.

The Vulcan [coal]
see:
Photo Gallery – Mining Photos – Mystery of Burning Mountain video.

Red Mountain – Manhattan District, Larimer County, CO
Aspen
Camp Bird (3rd richest in CO)
Dolly Gere
Gaskosaga
Gold Coin
Juniper

Rico
Gold Bug
Goodhope
Red Arrow (1930’s)
Silver Bug
Tomboy
Sunnyside vein (Eureka Gulch)
Sylvanite

St. Elmo:

Mary Murphy mine

Telluride:

The Smuggler- Union [gold] 1880’s – 1915
Wk. 25, 06/20/1901 – Fire!
Wk. 25, 0619/1902 – Smuggler-Union
Wk. 27, 07/03/1901 – Smuggler-Union
flooded 1915

Victor, CO – Cripple Creek Mining District

Gold Coin Mine [gold] – 1895
in the middle of the main street
see:
The Originals Index – Trade in the Old West – Commerce in the Old West1895

Independence Mine - Victor, CO - Mines and Claims of the Old West

Independence Mine
Victor, CO

Independence Mine [gold] – 1891
see:

Wk. 42, 10, 20,1890 – Independence Lode
The Originals Index – Trade in the Old West – Commerce in the Old West1891 & 1899
Wk. 04, 01/26/1904 – Independence Mine

 The Washington – Victor, CO

Idaho:

Kansas:

Montana:

Nevada:

The Bullion
see:
Photo Gallery – Mining Photos – Photo

The Comstock
see:
Photo Gallery – Mining PhotosMining on the Comstock

Iron Point District – Valmy, Humboldt County

Round Mountain Gold Mine, NV - Mines and Claims of the West

Round Mountain Gold Mine
An ariel view of the mine today.

Round Mountain Gold Mine [gold] 1906 – to present
Underground for about 60 years, today, open pit
Round Mountain, NV
Today, owned and operated by Kinross Gold.
This is what happens when they get BIG.
750 employees and environmental issues with the Indians…

Silver Coin Mine

New Mexico:

North Dakota:

Oklahoma:

Oregon:

Lost Blue Bucket MineOR  (1845)
see:
The Originals Index – Lost Treasures in the Old WestLost Blue Bucket Mine

South Dakota:

Texas:

The Lost Nigger – [gold]
see:
Wk. 29, 07/19/1899 – Lost Nigger Mine
also noted in The Originals Index – Lost Treasures in the Old West

Utah:

Bingham Canyon [open-pit copper] 1906 to present
Kennecott Copper

Gold Hill District: (Clifton District), Deep Creek Mts, Tooele County
Utah,Gold Hill Mine (Western Utah Mine)

Washington:

Wyoming:

Sunrise: [copper] 1880’s
Sunrise: [iron] 1890 – 1940’s
see:
Transportation Photos – Railroads in the WestWyoming Railway and Iron Company

For related information on this subject in Old West Daily Reader
see also:
Photo Gallery Index – Mining Photos
Photo Gallery Index – Mining Photos – Mining MineralsBorax, Gold, Silver, etc.
Photo Gallery Index – Mining Photos – Gold Rushes
Photo Gallery Index – Mining Photos – Silver Rushes
Photo Gallery Index – Mining PhotosMining on the Comstock
Photo Gallery Index – Transportation Photos
Photo Gallery Index – Transportation Photos – Railroads in the West
The Originals Index – Commerce in the Old West
The Originals Index – Expeditions
The Originals Index – Lost Treasures in the Old West
The Originals Index – Lost Treasures in the Old West – Hoaxes
The Originals Index – Western Forts and Trading Posts
The Originals Index – Trade in the Old West
The Originals Index – Trade in the Old West – Commerce in the Old West
Wk. 52, 12/28/1933 – Gold Standard
References – Dictionary – Mining Terms…

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