Madonna Lead Mine
The Madonna Lead Mine is near Garfield, Colorado. Historically the site has been associated with the Monarch Mining District which is now part of the Gunnison National Forest. The site was first discovered in 1878 by Messrs. Smith And Gray. The Madonna Lead Mine was closed at the time of data entry with no known plans to re-open. Past operations took place intermittently. Production size when active was considered to be large. The ore mined is composed of cerargyrite, galena and argentite with waste material consisting primarily of quartz, limestone and dolomite. The host rock in this area is quartzite from the Upper Devonian epoch 382.70 to 358.90 million years ago. The Southern Rocky Mountains physiographic province of the Rocky Mountain System characterize the geomorphology of the surrounding area.
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THE MADONNA MINE WAS THE PRINCIPAL REASON FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT IN 1883 OF THE COLORADO SMELTER AT PUEBLO, AND FOR MANY YEARS THE MADONNA MINE SUPPLIED A LARGE PART OF THE ORES TREATED THERE. (PP-289, P. 83).
THE MADONNA MINE WAS WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FROM 1883 TO 1894, UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF EILERS, BY THE COLORADO SMELTING CO ., WHICH INCLUDED THE FORMER OPERATORS. AFTER 1895 THE MINE WAS WORKED INTERMITTENTLY BY VARIOUS LESSEES UNTIL THE UTZE LODE CO. ACQUIRED THE PROPERTY IN 1945 FROM THE EILER FAMILY. IN 1908 THE MINE WAS LEASED TO THE MONARCH-MADONNA MINING CO ., WHICH STARTED DRIVING A LOWER TUNNEL, NO. 6 LEVEL, WHICH IN 1953 WAS THE PRINCIPAL MEANS OF ACCESS TO THE MINE. FROM 1945 TO 1953 THE UTZE LODE CO. DID CONSIDERABLE EXPLORATORY WORK ON AND BELOW THE NO. 6 LEVEL AND PRODUCED SOME ORE. (PP-289, P. 83).
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BEFORE 1913 ORES FROM MADONNA WERE LEAD, SILVER, GOLD, AND ZINC, WITH SOME COPPER. (PP-289, P. 81).
MANY DEPOSIT DETAILS (ORE GRADE, GEOLOGY, STRUCTURE) CAN BE FOUND IN PP-289, P. 83-85.
MOSTLY IN W2 OF SECTION 4. SEE DINGS AND ROBINSON, PL. 1, #S 98-104.
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THE MINE WORKINGS, AS OF 1950, CONSIST OF SEVEN ADIT LEVELS, NUMBERED 0 TO 6, EIGHT INTERMEDIATE OR SUBLEVELS, MANY RAISES AND WINZES, AND AT LEAST 12, 000 FEET OF DRIFTS AND CROSSCUTS. THE VERTICAL DISTANCE FROM THE ZERO, OR SURFACE, LEVEL TO THE LOWEST WORKINGS, THE 384-FOOT SUBLEVEL, IS ABOUT 1, 525 FEET. THE OLD MINE WORKINGS FROM ZERO TO THE NO. 5 LEVEL HAVE BEEN LARGELY OR ENTIRELY INACCESSIBLE FOR MANY YEARS. ACCESS TO THE MINE AND HAULAGE OF ORE FOR THE PAST 35 YEARS HAVE BEEN CHIEFLY THROUGH THE NO. 6 LEVEL, THE PORTAL OF WHICH IS ONLY A SHORT DISTANCE ABOVE THE VALLEY FLOOR AND IS EASILY REACHED. PLATE 11 SHOWS THE OUTLINE OF THE MAIN ORE BODIES AND THE MINE WORKINGS, AND THE PRINCIPAL GEOLOGIC FEATURES FROM THE NO. 6 LEVEL DOWN TO THE 384-FOOT SUBLEVEL. TO AVOID CONFUSION, MOST OF THE OLD WORKINGS ABOVE THE NO. 6 LEVEL ARE NOT SHOWN ON THIS MAP BUT THEY MAY BE SEEN ON PLATE XXI OF THE REPORT BY CRAWFORD (1913 ). [PP-289, P. 84].
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Other deposits in the same region.
Unnamed Lead Mine
Hawkeye Gold Mine
Madonna Zinc Mine
Wilson Lead Mine
Eclipse Lead Mine
Hawkeye Gold Mine
Paymaster Lead Mine
Silent Friend Mine
Little Wonder Mine
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1 World-class significance is determined by total endowment of the contained commodity. This includes all past production and remaining reserves. Each commodity is considered separately and commodities cannot be combined to arrive at a significant size. The tonnage thresholds are from the mine model grade-tonnage studies. As of June 2008, many entries were classified as significant under less strict rules.
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