Status: Ghost Town
Date Settled: 1875
Current Population: none
Peak Population: ~2,000
Elevation: 10,620 Feet ( 3,237 meters)
Primary Mineral: Silver
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Sneffels (originally called Porters) was originally a small town in the mountains above Ouray that served nearby silver mines. The settlement got a boost when construction of the Revenue Tunnel started in 1888. The Revenue Tunnel was designed to drain the shafts of the rich Virginius mine located 2,000 feet above the town in Governor Basin, and to allow ore to be gravity fed to a new mill being built in Sneffels. The Revenue Mill eventually employed 600 men, and Sneffels became a bustling town of around 2,000 people.