2016 Mining History Association

 

Tours of the Historic Telluride Region:

Idarado Mill

June 12, 2016

 

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The Idarado Mill, also known as the Pandora Mill because of its location, or simply as the Gray Mill because of its color, is located near the head of Telluride Valley.

Tour Leader, Rudy Davison, explains that the current mill is just the latest of several mills that have existed near this location where Marshall Creek joins the San Miguel River.


Looking high up the Marshall Creek drainage, the last remains of a crushing and tramway station can be seen.  Tramways brought ore from the Smuggler-Union Mine as well as the famous mines in Marshall Basin and Savage Basin.

The Idarado Mill building is nearly empty.  Its equipment has been auctioned and removed by the purchasers.  The MHA tour was a rare opportunity to see what is left of the mill.

This assembly of cyclone classifiers sits alone in what had been a very busy place filled with crushing, grinding, and flotation equipment.

The fate of the Idarado Mill building is uncertain.  While some feel it is an iconic piece of Telluride’s history that should be preserved, others are concerned about its stability and ongoing upkeep costs.  Stay tuned.

Across the road from the mill is one of several reclaimed tailings disposal areas.  It has been engineered and re-vegetated to blend in with its surroundings and prevent pollution of the adjacent San Miguel River.  It is part of the Idarado Legacy Project 


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Photos courtesy of Henry Djerlev and Mike Kaas

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