Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

El Pomar donates 11K to preserve 19th century Leadville silver mine

October 26, 2017 Updated: October 27, 2017 at 6:18 am
0
Caption +
Matchless Mine in Leadville, Colorado (Photo from Wikipedia)

One of Colorado's most iconic 19th century silver mines in need of repairs is getting a helping hand from the El Pomar Foundation.

The foundation awarded the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum $11,000 to help fund structural repairs at the Matchless Mine in Leadville.

"I am pleased that the foundation's grant proposal reviewers recognized the importance of preserving Colorado's mining heritage and supported rehabilitation of the headframe at the Matchless Mine," said Stephen Whittington, the museum's executive director. "Historic preservation projects are complex and expensive. It is only with funding from charitable foundations like El Pomar that nonprofits can successfully complete such projects."

Intense sunlight during Leadville summers and heavy snows during long winters have weathered the headframe that stands over the last remaining shaft on the mine's claim and was used to raise and lower miners and ore, Whittington said in a statement. Parts of the structure are more than 125 years old and are beyond repair.

In September, HistoriCorps, a nonprofit historic preservation organization based in Denver, treated the parts of the headframe that could be salvaged with preservatives.

Parts of the structure beyond repair were replaced with newly milled wood from the same tree species. HistoriCorps staff and volunteers also poured concrete pads to support the diagonal and vertical legs.

Other donors include the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, the Leadville Trail Legacy Foundation, former state Sen. Ken Chlouber, Periodic Brewery in Leadville and private parties.

Purchased in 1879 by Colorado "Silver King" H.A.W. Tabor, the Matchless Mine was one of the richest silver mines of the era. According to the Matchless Mine's website, the mine produced up to $2,000 a day in high quality silver.

Within 20 years, the mine was depleted of high-grade silver, leaving the family nearly penniless when Tabor died in 1899.

Tabor's wife, Elizabeth leased the property for various iron, zinc, manganese and silver ore mining operations, but the Tabor fortune never rebounded.

Tours of the Matchless Mine are available during the summer starting on Memorial Day.

For more information, visit the National Mining Hall of Frame and Museum's website, mininghalloffame.org.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Incognito Mode Your browser is in Incognito mode

You vanished!

We welcome you to read all of our stories by signing into your account. If you don't have a subscription, please subscribe today for daily award winning journalism.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?
 
This is your last FREE article for the month
This is your last FREE article for the month

Subscribe now and enjoy Unlimited Digital Access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?

 
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

Some news is free.
Exceptional journalism takes time, effort and your support.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.