National and State Register

Empire Chief Mine & Mill

Hinsdale County

The complex includes a 150-ton flotation mill, the mine tunnel, several associated buildings, and the ruins of several buildings that were destroyed by the county's deadliest avalanche in 1929.

Historic Photo of Empire Mill

Empire Mill

The complex serves as a vivid reminder of the hazards associated with high altitude mining.  Listed under Hinsdale County Metal Mining and Mining Industry in Colorado Multiple Property Submissions.