Thursday, September 20, 2012

Colorado's Mining History

 Colorado's history is rich with gold and silver. Many of the towns, and even cities, in Colorado today once started out as mining camps. Men got rich and towns flourished during the boom days of gold and silver.
Precious ores were first found on or near the ground's surface. Most notably in the streams and creeks. When this ran out, large dredges were brought in (by railroad) to process the streambeds - leaving behind mounds of gravel alongside the water.

Gravel mounds left from dredge mining operaitons
Hardrock mining - underground mining method used to extract ore - was used in areas where water wasn't present. This form of mining was dangerous, hard work.

Old Mill and abandoned mine on right
But all good things must come to an end. And evidence of these mines, and what's left of some towns, can still be seen in many locations.

The telltale evidence of an old mine is the brightly colored dirt and rocks seen on hillsides.

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

Mining was hard, dirty and dangerous work alright.

Robin Larkspur said...

Can't image how awful it must have been for the miners going through all that hard rock.

Introverted Art said...

Jeanne that old mill looks beautiful. Such hard work mining was, and like Debra said dangerous and dirty. I think also hazardous for their health...