Silverton history

Silverton history
September 1, 2013

Silverton was a gold and silver mining boomtown that drew the likes of Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp in the 1800s. It also attracted entrepreneur Otto Mears, who built a toll road connecting Silverton with Ouray.

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Mayflower Mill

Mayflower Mill near Silverton
September 1, 2013

The Mayflower Mill opened in 1929 with the latest technology to recover gold and silver from Silverton area mines. Today, it’s a national historic landmark with self-guided tours in the summer months.

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Old Hundred Mine

Old Hundred Mine near Silverton
September 1, 2013

The Old Hundred Mine offers one-hour tours that take visitors in train of mine cars on a trip one-third of a mile into Galena Mountain to see a gold vein and crystal formations.

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Silverton

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train
September 1, 2013

Visitors to Silverton, many of them arriving on the narrow gauge train from Durango, will see the remains of a mining town that boomed from silver and gold discoveries in the 1870s.

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