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When I saw that this specimen was from the Idarado, I thought, “Hey, that’s in my backyard!”

The Idarado Mine consolidated all the separate small mines and prospects covering the three Red Mountain peaks #s 1, 2 and 3. Red Mountain is located between Ouray and Silverton, CO. Its inactive now, and I think is owned by Newmont.

An interesting fact about Red Mountain is there are no ore body exposures on the surface. The first mine operators oriented their tunnels by-guess-and-by-golly. Ore structures inside the mountain are vertical pipes. If the miner accidentally hit one, it was payday. Else, it was money down the hole.

Another factoid is the creek drainage downslope in the Red Mountain watershed was found to be naturally polluted by acid runoff when the first whites arrived in the 19th century.

I’ve attached a few snapshots.




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