ColoradoProspector   CP Club Membership Info.

Welcome Guest ( Log In | Register )

 
Reply to this topicStart new topic
Old mine on friend's property
Dypheron
post May 21 2013, 10:16 AM
Post #1


Rock Bar!
****

Group: Members
Posts: 496
Joined: 15-January 13
Member No.: 52,528



So I spent the weekend relaxing on our friends property off of Gold Camp Road which is right on the edge of the mining district near Cripple Creek. There's a lot of old mines up there, most are just depressions with small tailing piles but there is one that is quite interesting.

Near as I can tell it was a lead mine, the ore samples from the tailings sure looks like Galena. Looks to me that at some point the top of the shaft collapsed, probably after the vein dried up. No idea how far down it actually goes because the water table is so high that it's full of water. There is still piping from the original pump to keep the shaft dry but the pump is long gone. The vein itself is clearly visible at the entrance and it's at a pretty steep angle, probably 45 degrees or so.

[attachment=6040:20130519_104248.jpg]
[attachment=6041:20130519_104302.jpg]
[attachment=6042:20130519_104316.jpg]
[attachment=6043:20130519_104324.jpg]
[attachment=6044:20130519_104345.jpg]
[attachment=6048:20130519_104414.jpg]
[attachment=6046:20130519_104359.jpg]
[attachment=6047:20130519_104405.jpg]
[attachment=6049:20130519_104429.jpg]
[attachment=6050:20130519_104635.jpg]


--------------------
Life goes by so fast/You only wanna do what you think is right/Close your eyes and it's past/Story of my life - Mike Ness
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
russau
post May 22 2013, 03:53 AM
Post #2


russau
*****

Group: Members
Posts: 2,841
Joined: 4-December 03
From: st.louis missouri
Member No.: 43



WOW look at them 2 old antique rifles them old miners left at the opening of the mine! :) their winching device looks in fair shape for its age!
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Dypheron
post May 23 2013, 12:37 AM
Post #3


Rock Bar!
****

Group: Members
Posts: 496
Joined: 15-January 13
Member No.: 52,528



QUOTE (russau @ May 22 2013, 05:53 AM) *
WOW look at them 2 old antique rifles them old miners left at the opening of the mine! :) their winching device looks in fair shape for its age!


Indeed. Stopped to take pictures in the middle of a ground squirrel hunt. The caretaker for the property runs cattle and horses so we do our best to thin the population out and minimize the amount of holes for them to break a leg in. Mine is a Marlin model 60 and his is a Savage Mark II if I remember correctly.

I haven't been able to determine the name of the mine yet. CH&E wasn't around before 1908 so the mine was worked at some point after that, probably up to or around WW II if I had to guess.


--------------------
Life goes by so fast/You only wanna do what you think is right/Close your eyes and it's past/Story of my life - Mike Ness
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
CP
post May 29 2013, 05:21 AM
Post #4


Master Mucker!
*****

Group: Admin
Posts: 4,135
Joined: 7-October 03
From: Colorado
Member No.: 3



Thanks for sharing the pics, that's a very interesting old mine for sure.
I'm sure it would have been quite a sight to see that winch draw up an ore cart full out of that drift. I'd say you're probably close on the guess of 30's-40's, there was a boom so to speak about then and I'd say it may be a chalcopyritic vein which of course may have had galena in it's make up but the dollars would have had to dictate more than just lead I think to make a profit back then.
Makes you wonder if the mine owner back then was trying to avoid paying another claim owner to access his ore via another claim owners tunnel. That was very common for Cripple Creek back then also, many mines like the Molly Kathleen made more on the other 7 mine owners using their shaft to bring up their ore at a percentage per ton hauled up.



--------------------
CP-Owner/Administrator
www.ColoradoProspector.com

IF YOU USE IT, THE GROUND PRODUCED IT!
MINERS MAKE "IT" HAPPEN!!


Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
ASTROBLEME
post May 30 2013, 07:50 AM
Post #5


Rock Bar!
****

Group: Members
Posts: 480
Joined: 16-October 08
From: Central Colorado
Member No.: 6,813



Hi Dypheron,

The photos show that upper part of the vein has some "good color", it looks like it might be turquoise! There were several turquoise yielding claims in the district that were a by-product of the gold mining efforts. Pperhaps you found one of the mines that carried it.

If you go back to the mine, be sure to check the dump for samples if you can get permission from the owner. Some of the turquoise deposits actually carried visible gold! Those would be premium specimens for sure.

ASTROBLEME


--------------------
Annual Dues Paying Member Since 2008

Tonko Mining Company

"Some day this crater is going to be a greatly talked about place, and if the above credit is due, as is certainly the case, I would like to have it generally known for the sake of the children." Daniel Moreau Barringer 2/1/1912 in a letter about the Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona USA
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Dypheron
post May 31 2013, 09:20 PM
Post #6


Rock Bar!
****

Group: Members
Posts: 496
Joined: 15-January 13
Member No.: 52,528



I have a few ore samples that I brought back from that trip, I'll take a closer look tomorrow if I get a chance. I won't have a chance to get back up there until I get back next summer, but I did ask my buddy to bring back some samples if he gets up there before I leave.

It's too bad that the shaft is full of water, I'd love to know how far down it goes. There's another shaft on the property somewhere but we're always too busy to go check it out. That one is at least mostly horizontal from what I've been told and quite deep.


--------------------
Life goes by so fast/You only wanna do what you think is right/Close your eyes and it's past/Story of my life - Mike Ness
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
russau
post Jun 1 2013, 04:09 AM
Post #7


russau
*****

Group: Members
Posts: 2,841
Joined: 4-December 03
From: st.louis missouri
Member No.: 43



sounds like you have some free/close water for a highbanker!
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Kurt
post Oct 27 2013, 08:49 AM
Post #8


Diggin' In!
**

Group: Members
Posts: 10
Joined: 27-March 10
From: Colorado Springs
Member No.: 7,195



Love the tracks that go into the brush-perfect horror movie ore cart ride. Yes, it may be a turquoise mine, it has been found in that area.


--------------------
~Cree Proverb~
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Coalbunny
post Oct 29 2013, 05:56 PM
Post #9


Master Mucker
*****

Group: Members
Posts: 1,432
Joined: 22-February 04
Member No.: 98



Looks like the size of rail I'm looking for myself. I'd say it's 20# rail.


--------------------
Today's socio-political climate is rock solid proof that Adam and Eve weren't prospectors.
If they were they'd have eaten the snake instead of the apple and we'd still be in heaven....
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Diamond Digger
post Nov 20 2015, 07:26 AM
Post #10


Shovel Buster!
***

Group: Members
Posts: 99
Joined: 22-December 10
From: UK
Member No.: 7,480



Hi,
No pictures?
DD
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Auger
post Dec 3 2015, 09:30 AM
Post #11


Shovel Buster!
***

Group: Members
Posts: 55
Joined: 9-October 15
From: Southern Colorado
Member No.: 121,789



QUOTE (Diamond Digger @ Nov 20 2015, 07:26 AM) *
Hi,
No pictures?
DD



Aww... post from 2013 their photobucket prolly died. =P I'd like to see pics too


--------------------
"Life's hard. It's harder if you're stupid."

"Most opportunity is right before your eyes, you just haven't yet learned how to see it."

<Annual Member>
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

Reply to this topicStart new topic
3 User(s) are reading this topic (3 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 



Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 22nd November 2017 - 03:16 PM