Capital Prize Mine Georgetown Colorado

In 1859 George and David Griffith found gold

in the Georgetown valley.The Griffith mining

district was officially established on June 25 ,1860.

Capital Prize is part of the original company started by the

Griffiths at the very beginning of the District. Silver and gold

were found, many claims were staked on lots of excellent ore

but, it was a pesky kind of ore that did not give up its gold

or silver easily. It took several decades and repeated tries

until metalurgic science got it right; half a century passed

until the whole system was in place and the local miners

found their stride. The plans were as big as the egos of the

men who wagered heavily, seldom with their own funds, that

they were just another few feet of tunnel from the mother lode.

THe Capital Prize was verifyably a portion of the mineral

belt that ran from Central City clear over to Breckenridge but

no where as rich, or easy to get to. as the really big strikes in

Central City, Black Hawk or Idaho Springs.

The full text of a status report on the mine from 1915 speaks of hardships, mostly getting good ventilation, a long hard effort to raise a vertical shaft that would

create a natural chimney effect that would draw fresh air from the portals at 8500' and exhaust through that shaft at 11,000'. The method included tunneling

overhead for hundreds of feet until at over 800' up, insufficient air forced them to stop. The decision to drill down from the top through the rest of the way came next, and was short lived when the drill became unretrievably stuck. Decades had passed and these guys were still trying but they had run out of patience and

money. Double Click on the PDF button to read more. The file is old but it is clean of malware. Enjoy!

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