Cripple Creek, Colorado
April 2003 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDThe historic mining town of Cripple Creek (population 600) is 43 miles, by paved highway, west of Colorado Springs, almost two miles high in the Colorado Rockies.
What a disappointment! Just when things were beginning to get really interesting and both parties had seemingly hotly contested races for the presidential nominations, both Senators involved promptly said, "I quit!," took their bat and ball and headed home!
The Boludo placers described here include gravels that have been listed under many different names, including Altar, Golden Triangle, Llanos del Oro, San Francisco, and Trincheras, among others. The placers are on desert flats at the northwest end of Sierra Santa Rosa, about 2,600 feet above sea level. It is in a region of northwest-trending mountain ranges separated by broad desert valleys.
In the early 1860s, the rich mines of Virginia City and the surrounding area were pouring forth millions of dollars in gold and silver each year. Additional mines located at White Pine, Aurora, Humboldt and other Nevada locations were also yielding millions in gold and silver.
Representatives from Washington State’s independent, small-scale gold mining community recently accepted an award and a message of gratitude from the leader of the State’s Department of Ecology.
Unlike producing mines, exploration companies and claim holders owning non-producing claims are not reaping a windfall of increased profits from the recent high prices for precious metals and other raw materials.
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