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    In Search of the Lost Hobo Mine, Mine exploration Colorado

    Thought you guys might enjoy this trek into an old abandoned mine here in Colorado.

    Chest deep snow and a harrowing descent into the old abandoned mine shaft! Is this the squatters fabled gold mine!?
    The story goes; "There is a long haired scruffy fellow, living in an abandoned gold mine here in Summit County Colorado. Once a week he ventures into Whole Foods n buys $800 worth of tasty food. He pays with crisp $100 bills and always has a raggedy empty burlap sack tucked into his waist". He must be selling his high grade gold ore here locally to someone.
    I want to find him! and make friends!!Lets Go!



    Last edited by CGC Miner; Jan 22, 2019 at 10:18 AM.
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    Thanks for the tag-a-long CGC!! Its been awhile since we've "chatted" ,I got to old -n-beat up to do anything anymore . I enjoyed the vid but I cant do it anymore! Nice sound effects!
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    Excellent video i use to hang around that country up French gulch, Buffalo mnt, Hoosier pass lots of country to look at Breck was were the biggest gold nuggets came from in Colorado.
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    Hey CGC! Thanks for posting...fun to ride a long

    How big is the tailings pile on this beast - and what does it look like - all fine powder material or did they have it sorted? Any sign of a stamp mill being there at one point? IMHO the veins don’t appear to be mined out, and I wanna say that shaft you found most likely goes all the way to the surface.

    If you can find out what they classified this as...like, did they call it a “tunnel”...would tell us a bit more. If they classified it as a tunnel, most likely that shaft goes straight up to the surface and they were following the vein that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russau View Post
    Thanks for the tag-a-long CGC!! Its been awhile since we've "chatted" ,I got to old -n-beat up to do anything anymore . I enjoyed the vid but I cant do it anymore! Nice sound effects!
    Hey Russ, Thanks! It has been too long.
    I'm starting to fall apart too
    Just know that if you make it out to Colorado again, you've always got a place to to camp and prospect with us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyzak View Post
    Excellent video i use to hang around that country up French gulch, Buffalo mnt, Hoosier pass lots of country to look at Breck was were the biggest gold nuggets came from in Colorado.

    Yea, it's awesome up there. Problem is that Breck has been growing at an alarming rate and the new residents are super anti any mining.
    I'd like to pick your brain a bit sometime. There are still nuggets hiding out there, just waiting....

    I really like your "signature"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaMountain View Post
    Hey CGC! Thanks for posting...fun to ride a long

    How big is the tailings pile on this beast - and what does it look like - all fine powder material or did they have it sorted? Any sign of a stamp mill being there at one point? IMHO the veins don’t appear to be mined out, and I wanna say that shaft you found most likely goes all the way to the surface.

    If you can find out what they classified this as...like, did they call it a “tunnel”...would tell us a bit more. If they classified it as a tunnel, most likely that shaft goes straight up to the surface and they were following the vein that way.

    Hey Thanks Anna, my pleasure!
    The tailings are mostly coarse, golf ball to softball sized so they were hand sorting the ore. I panned a little super fine yet coarse gold in the river below here.
    Interesting about the terminology. I have not been able to find any history on this particular mine just a little info about other mines in the direct vicinity. Mostly polymetallic with about equal parts values of silver to gold. It's in a transition zone/pocket where the ores go from primary gold to primary silver. Pretty neat. I will have to go back and explore some more once the snow has melted off. That will be in July, hehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGC Miner View Post
    Yea, it's awesome up there. Problem is that Breck has been growing at an alarming rate and the new residents are super anti any mining.
    I'd like to pick your brain a bit sometime. There are still nuggets hiding out there, just waiting....

    I really like your "signature"

    D
    Ya got that right. There was an old fella I knew that had some claims up around Farncomb Hill. Back in the later 1970s Hecla Mining made him a several million dollar offer for his claims. Last I talked to him was maybe 10 years ago now and he said with the way it is now, no one with any large sums of money is now interested in any potential underground mining property in Summit County Colorado and he's been kicking himself ever since thinking he could of been a multi-millionaire, if not for his stubbornness to hold out for more. I still have his phone number and last address, but I'm afraid he might not be around anymore. It is of my opinion the ski industry has been the most environmentally destructive entity the Rocky Mountains have ever seen. All that development and the support it requires ain't nothing to what the miners had done to the natural beauty of it all.

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    I use to hike around the wire patch what a very interesting ore structure it was used to find a lot of garnet up there on that north side at the top. One time when I was clear on top found a vein they had raised big old cables going down in there it was wide open but it didn't matter if there had been a million dollars down there i would have never dropped in. Also use to go up the Tiger that is way cool back up in there.
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    Colorado is following California they forgot that all them big ski towns were mining towns to begin with I remembered back in the 70's you could have bought the town of Breck for something like $30,000. In the mining days they almost ran one of them big dredges right in to town trying to get at that gold but they got em shut down and turned it around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyzak View Post
    Colorado is following California they forgot that all them big ski towns were mining towns to begin with I remembered back in the 70's you could have bought the town of Breck for something like $30,000. In the mining days they almost ran one of them big dredges right in to town trying to get at that gold but they got em shut down and turned it around.
    Telluride was still primarily a mine town the first time I was there (no ski area) in the early to mid 50's. We stayed with a family friend who worked at the mill and lived in company housing. The housing area was still there in the early 70's but later was replaced by condos or whatever. I can't stand the town now.
    Last edited by arizau; Jan 24, 2019 at 03:53 PM.
    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyzak View Post
    Colorado is following California they forgot that all them big ski towns were mining towns to begin with I remembered back in the 70's you could have bought the town of Breck for something like $30,000. In the mining days they almost ran one of them big dredges right in to town trying to get at that gold but they got em shut down and turned it around.
    Indeed I remember old town Breckenridge. I don't think much any of it's left anymore, as I can't recognize what I first saw of it 40+ years ago. Sure is lite up a lot more from those dark streets that once were.
    Last edited by tamrock; Jan 25, 2019 at 03:33 PM.
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    I live close to Telluride now I can not even go up there any more,last time was 4 years ago the only time I get close to it is when I go over Lizard head into Cortez.
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    I've got a couple of customers down that way. They do surface blasting. One in Durango and the other in Cortez. Some time ago I met up with one doing a job that overlooked the airstrip in Telluride. He pointed out who's home was who's below. One was Oprah's and think the other was Tom Cruise's mansions. Indeed we've become a California and it'll only increase towards that direction I'm sure. I guess the good things for me is, instead of selling to the Idarado's and Campbird's we've got billionaires moving in who need to level mountainsides so they can have place in the wonderful Rocky Mountains.
    Last edited by tamrock; Jan 27, 2019 at 07:22 AM.
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    Oh ya funny how anti mining people are totally fine with urbanizing an area of natural beauty like that. Stupid lib tards
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