Kelso Mountain Claims

The Kelso Mountain Claims is a silver, gold, and lead mine located in Clear Creek county, Colorado at an elevation of 11,998 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: Kelso Mountain Claims  

State:  Colorado

County:  Clear Creek

Elevation: 11,998 Feet (3,657 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Silver, Gold, Lead

Lat, Long: 39.66639, -105.79639

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Kelso Mountain Claims MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Kelso Mountain Claims
Secondary: Sterling Silver group


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


State: Colorado
County: Clear Creek
District: Argentine 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.


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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

Mineral Deposit Model

Model Name: Polymetallic veins


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Analytical Data

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Comment (Commodity): Production from lodes on the claim group.

Comment (Location): A 310-acre claim group located on Kelso Mountain, especially on the north and east sides, in secs. 28, 29, 32, and 33, T 4 S, R 75 W, about 4 miles SW of Silver Plume.

Comment (Names): The 310-acre claim block includes several lodes and workings, including the Baker mine and the Atlantic & Pacific (or A & P) tunnel.

Comment (Production): Lodes on the claim group have produced significant amounts of high-grade silver-lead ore in the 1870s.


Reference (Deposit): Sunshine Mining Co. Colorado exploration files, unpublished data, Colorado Geological Survey.

Reference (Deposit): Lovering, T. S., 1935, Geology and ore deposits of the Montezuma quadrangle, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 178, 119 p.