Specie Payment Tunnel

The Specie Payment Tunnel is a gold mine located in Clear Creek county, Colorado at an elevation of 9,800 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: Specie Payment Tunnel  

State:  Colorado

County:  Clear Creek

Elevation: 9,800 Feet (2,987 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

Lat, Long: 39.76361, -105.54167

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Satelite image of the Specie Payment Tunnel

Specie Payment Tunnel MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Specie Payment Tunnel


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


State: Colorado
County: Clear Creek
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: 1966
Time Period: pre-1966
Mined: 43378.610 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

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Analytical Data

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Comment (Production): Production totals include Specie Payment mine, Diamond Joe, Little Annie and Mona adits


Reference (Deposit): USGS OFR 66-87 p. 67