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Mines and Mining Towns in the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountain States


Gold mining relics on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho

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Gold panning lessons at Custer on the Yankee Fork

Land of the Yankee Fork State Park, Idaho

July 28, 2005
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Butte, Montana

Center of the western Montana copper lode, Butte was built around and on top of the mines. Substantial brick and stone buildings,and mansions built by the Copper Kings, make this an interesting town.

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Brick business blocks in historic uptown Butte

, Montana

July 1, 2000
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Anaconda, Montana

This is where the copper mined at Butte was smelted, one of the world's great toxic wastelands. Many fine buildings remain, and though the mine and smelter were shut down long ago, reclamation and cleanup employs a substantial number of people.

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Anaconda, Montana

July 13, 2013
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Rock Springs, Wyoming

A coal mining town noted for its ethnic labor populations, including Slovenes.

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, Wyoming

July 3, 2008
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Sinclair, Wyoming

The green dinosaur logo of Sinclair Oil is still seen in parts of the west. The town of Sinclair was built by the company adjacent to the refinery.

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Parco Hotel is one of many architecturally coordinated civic structres in this oil company town

Sinclair, Wyoming

August 8, 2011
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Rawlins and Sinclair

Cripple Creek, Colorado

This mining town high in the Rockies is notable for the extensive restoration paid for by legalized gambling.

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Bennett Street at Third, Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek, Colorado

July 24, 2009
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Devastated area at the Climax Mine on Fremont Pass, Colorado

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The "Valley of Ghosts" mine waste area at Climax

, Colorado

July 6, 2007
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Leadville

Leadville was one of the richest mining towns in Colorado

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The Tabor Opera House, one of the landmarks of Leadville

, Colorado

July 6, 2007
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Telluride, Colorado

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Telluride declined to almost ghost town status before find ing its new identity as a ski and festival destination

Telluride, Colorado

June 11, 2014
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Pandora Mine near Telluride, Colorado

 thumbnail - Pandora Mine and Bridal Veil Falls at the foot of Black Bear Pass

The Pandora Mine mill, waste piles, and ponds dominate the otherwise stunning cirque at the head of the canyon above Telluride. At 365 feet (111 meters), Bridal Veil Falls is the highest in Colorado. The road continues up over Black Bear Pass at 12,840 feet (3913 meters).

Telluride, Colorado

June 11, 2014
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Ouray, Colorado

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Overlooking the town of Ouray from the highway going south

, Colorado

May 21, 2006
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Mine cleanup at Red Mountain, Colorado

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The Larson Brothers Mine, one of many toxic sites in the area

, Colorado

May 21, 2006
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Red Mountain Pass

Silver Ledge Mine near Silverton, Colorado

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Site of the Silver Ledge Mine, near Silverton

, Colorado

May 21, 2006
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Red Mountain Pass

Silverton, Colorado

Silverton was built to serve the numerous silver mines in this part of the San Juan Mountains, and is known today as the destination of the popular summer runs of the Durango and Silverton Railway.

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The Durango and Silverton Railroad steam train at its Silverton terminus

, Colorado

May 21, 2006
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