Back to Newmont Goldcorp Blog Stories Back to Document Library

Newmont’s Idarado Legacy: Where Preservation Meets Conservation

Celebrating a Rich History of Reclamation and Partnership at the Idarado Mine

In the 1950s, Idarado’s founders bought up thousands of acres of historic mining claims in the high country around Telluride – on which dozens of abandoned mine structures stood. Back then, the value lay underground, but today, this sprawling and scenic landscape is a treasure trove for outdoor enthusiasts, historians and tourists alike. In partnership with local government and community groups, Newmont is working to preserve and promote the natural beauty of the San Juan Mountains. Learn more below about the Red Mountain Project in this 10-part series from the Telluride Daily Planet.

The historic Lewis Mill sits at an elevation of over 12,000 feet in the upper reaches of Bridal Veil Basin. During its brief heyday from 1910 to 1913, it produced up to 12 tons of ore concentrates per day.

Part 7 – Windows in Time: Historic Preservation at the Idarado Mine

Master carpenter Loren Lew balanced on the steep, ramshackle roof of the old Lewis Mill, chainsaw in hand, on a summer morning in (…)

The Red Mountain Project included 800 acres in Ironton Park, whose owners had originally enlisted a broker to market their property for development.

Part 8 – A Legacy of Land …and Other Perks of Having a Mining Giant in Your Back Yard

Just past a tight S-curve at mile post 82 on Red Mountain Pass – up above Idarado’s old company houses – there’s a (…)