‘Mine Next Door’ features Idarado’s history

Access to the Idarado Mine is through either the Treasury Tunnel, whose portal is below Red Mountain Pass on U.S. Highway 550 at an altitude of 10,600 feet, or the Mill Level Tunnel entrance two miles east of Telluride at an altitude of 9,060 feet. Photo courtesy Ouray County Historical Society
CITY OF OURAY A special presentation on the Idarado Mine next week at the Wright Opera House will display a rich history of the “mine next door” and features current and former mine employees and the premiere of a short documentary about the mine. The Idarado Mine, located beneath a high ridge between Red Mountain Pass and Telluride, got its start in 1939 when Newmont Mining Corporation began…

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