Located between silverton and ouray along the million dollar highway in southwest colorado is the red mountain mining district which was the site of a historic silver boom from 1882 until 1893 in the beginning only low grade discoveries were made in the first few years of mining activity. Red mountain pass elevation 11018 ft 3358 m is a mountain pass in the san juan mountains of western colorado in the united states the pass straddles a divide that separates ouray and san juan counties the pass is named for the nearby red mountain on the northeast side of the pass the name is derived from the iron oxide laden rock that forms their slopes. A little over a century ago the red mountain mining district in the san juan mountains of southwestern colorado was the scene of a silver rush with an output of precious metals second in colorado only to that of leadville in a period of less than twenty five years more than thirty million . Colorado san juan mountains scenic drive red mountain mining district row of wooden dwellings near idorado mine the high point of the spectacular 80 mile section of us 550 through the san juan mountains is 11018 foot red mountain pass named after the colorful mineralized peaks that rise above the east side of the highway. Get this from a library mountains of silver life in colorados red mountain mining district p david smith
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