F.M.& D. Copper Mine

Address: 1 1/2 mi. W. of Idledale.

The malachite vein containing copper was first discovered in 1866 and was periodically worked until 1917. Piles of timber, tailings, and a huge rusted, metal boiler remain at the site. Remnants of several crude buildings are also visible. The boiler provided energy to operate a crusher to produce sludge that was transported to smelters in Golden. Resident Stanley Thiede says his father worked at the F.M.& D. in 1904 and again in 1917.
Quad Map/Date: S30, T4S, R70W
Sec/Town/Range: Evergreen, 1965 (1994)
Elevation: 7800
Source: "City and Mountain Views," Interview, Stanley Thiede, Dec. 1996; Lomond, "Mt. Vernon Canyon Past to Present."
See Also: Ferris McCaffrey Dillon Copper Mine
Last Modified: Wed, November 28 2012

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