Old Town Shaft

The Old Town Shaft is a gold mine located in Gilpin county, Colorado at an elevation of 8,701 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

Mine Info

Name: Old Town Shaft  

State:  Colorado

County:  Gilpin

Elevation: 8,701 Feet (2,652 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 39.77694, -105.53139

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Satelite image of the Old Town Shaft

Old Town Shaft MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Old Town Shaft


Primary: Gold
Secondary: Copper
Tertiary: Silver
Tertiary: Lead
Tertiary: Zinc


State: Colorado
County: Gilpin
District: Central City

Land Status

Land ownership: Private
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.


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Year: 1944
Time Period: 1902-1944
Mined: 206561.920 mt
Material type: ore


Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Underground
Mining Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N


General Physiographic Area: Rocky Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Southern Rocky Mountains

Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Polymetallic veins


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Analytical Data

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Ore: Pitchblende
Ore: Pyrite


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Reference (Deposit): MINE MAP REPO # 406209,405232 AND OTHERS USGS PROF PAPER 223

Reference (Deposit): USGS PP 359, p. 129