Idaho Springs, Colorado

Idaho Springs Details

Status: Active Town

Date Settled: 1859

Current Population: 1,800

Peak Population: 12,000

Elevation: 7,524 Feet (2,293 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

State: Colorado

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Idaho Springs Description

Idaho Springs is the site of the first significant discovery of the Colorado Gold Rush. George Jackson found gold at the confluence of Chicago Creek and Vasquez Creek on January 7, 1859. The town boomed throughout the 1860's - reaching a peak population estimated at over 12,000 people.

Idaho Springs is the site of the terminus of the Argo Tunnel and the Argo Gold Mill. The Argo Tunnel extends over four miles from Central City to Idaho Springs, under an area of extensive mining. The purpose of the tunnel was to drain problematic water from overlying mines, and to provide a direct route to ship ores from the mines to the Argo Mill. The tunnel took 17 years to complete and was the worlds longest tunnel when completed in 1910.

Today, Idaho Springs is a popular tourist stop along Interstate 70.

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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