National and State Register

Hinsdale County Metal Mining

The associated historic context discusses the social and economic importance of metal mining within northern Hinsdale County during the years between 1870 and 1950.  Large quantities of gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc were among the metals mined during several periods of prosperity.

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad to this mountainous area provided the catalyst for a major expansion within the local mining industry during the 1890s.  (Cover documentation accepted by National Register in 1999.)