The Colorado Mining Directory of 1883 called Leadville the “natural successor to Australia and California.” In the century since that statement was made, interest has never waned and production has never entirely ceased. Not only valuable ore but also fine mineral specimens have been recovered and preserved from many of the nearly 2000 mines in the Leadville area. Continue Reading
Articles in this category were originally published in The Mineralogical Record.
From the The Mineralogical Record, Volume 11, No. 3.2, May-June, 1980: “Brilliant, transparent crystals of vanadinite with an unsurpassed, deep red color have been found since the late 1800’s at the Hamburg mine, Yuma County, Arizona. Although sometimes overshadowed by the nearby Red Cloud mine, this old Dana locality still produces some of Arizona’s finest vanadinite in crystals from micromount size to more than a centimeter.” Continue Reading
From The Mineralogical Record, Volume 14, No. 5, September-October, 1983: “The mountains and plains of Arizona are vast, complex, well mineralized and largely uninhabited even today. No one would dare to suggest that Arizona has given up all its secrets, and that no deposits or mineral occurrences remain to be found…” Continue Reading
From The Mineralogical Record, volume 25, January-February, 1994: “On December 26, 1992, owners of the Jamestown mine in Tuolumne County, California, received an unexpected Christmas present. Excavation in the company’s Crystalline pit revealed a ‘pocket’ of crystalline leaf gold. Approximately 1,568 ounces of specimen gold were collected in all. The largest piece, weighing in at 25.79 kg (69 troy pounds), ranks as one of the largest specimens of gold ever found in California, or the nation.” Continue Reading