Paris Mill

The Paris Mill is a gold mine located in Park county, Colorado at an elevation of 11,001 feet.

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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: Paris Mill  

State:  Colorado

County:  Park

Elevation: 11,001 Feet (3,353 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 39.2961, -106.10640

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Paris Mill MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Paris Mill


Primary: Gold
Secondary: Silver


State: Colorado
County: Park
District: Alma District

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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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Processing Plant
Mining Method: Unknown
Year First Production: 1894
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Significant: N


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

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Comment (Development): A stamp mill and aerial tramway were built in 1894 to treat ore from the Paris mine.

Comment (Development): In 1942, it was reported to be a modern flotation mill with a capacity of 40 to 100 tons per day.

Comment (Location): The mill is on the north side of Buckskin Creek, about 2 miles NW of Alma, in the E/2 E/2 sec 4, T 9 S, R 78 W.

Comment (Production): Concentrates containing 4 to 5 oz/ton of gold and a little silver were shipped to a smelter at Leadville. (USBM IC 7101)


Reference (Development): Patton, H. B., Hoskin, A. J., and Butler, G. M., 1912, Geology and ore deposits of the Alma district, Park County, Colorado: Colorado Geological Survey Bulletin 3, 284 p.

Reference (Development): Sunshine Mining Co. Colorado exploration files, unpublished data, Colorado Geological Survey.

Reference (Location): USGS ALMA QUAD

Reference (Deposit): Guiteras, J. R., 1940, Mining and milling methods and costs in the Alma district, Colorado: U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 7101, 63 p.

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