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Legal Tender Mine

The Legal Tender Mine is a gold mine located in Colfax county, New Mexico at an elevation of 10,082 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: Legal Tender Mine  

State:  New Mexico

County:  Colfax

Elevation: 10,082 Feet (3,073 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 36.6083, -105.22720

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Legal Tender Mine MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Legal Tender Mine


Primary: Gold
Tertiary: Silver


State: New Mexico
County: Colfax

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.


Type: Patented


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Owner Name: Emma Lou Matkin
Home Office: New Mexico
Info Year: 1946


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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

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Analytical Data

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Reference (Deposit): CLARK K F & READ C B 1972 NMBM BULL 94 P123

Reference (Deposit): LINDGREN W 1910 USGS PP68 P100

Reference (Deposit): PRODUCED ABOUT $25000 IN AU BEFORE 1946

Reference (Deposit): PETTIT R F JR 1946 NMBM O F 15 P38

Reference (Deposit): EVERETT F D 1953 USBM MRB REGION 1V REPORT P14

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