Driving the Bachelor Historic Tour

Sidebar by Steve Voynick Mining – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine The Last Chance Mine is only one of many sights along the Bachelor Historic Tour. When measured in terms of mining history, mountain scenery, and photographic opportunities, this 17-mile-long auto route through Creede’s mining district just might be the best in the West.

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Another chance for the Last Chance Mine

Article by Steve Voynick Mining – July 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine TEN YEARS AGO, time was rapidly running out on the Last Chance Mine. Its glory days as one of Creede’s richest silver mines were long past, and decades of inactivity had left its rutted access road nearly impassable. Perched precariously on a canyon […]

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Restarting Climax: The who, when, and why

Article by Steve Voynick Mining – June 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine ALTHOUGH I HAD heard rumors of dancing in the streets, I didn’t see it myself, at least not on Harrison Avenue. But judging from the banner headlines in the Herald Democrat and the joyful comments of Lake County’s commissioners, Leadville’s mayor, and dozens […]

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The day they close the pass

Essay by Steve Voynick Mountain Life – December 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine OLD-TIMERS STILL remember when winters in mountain towns meant something more than just catering to hordes of skiers. Sure, those winters were tough; the days were short and cold, and drifting snow restricted outdoor activities, and even closed some businesses and high […]

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Bankruptcy: The end of the line for ASARCO?

Article by Steve Voynick Mining – September 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine ASARCO LLC, formerly ASARCO Inc., a company that most old-timers still call the American Smelting & Refining Company, or simply “AS&R,” has been part of Leadville for more than a century. AS&R quickly grew beyond its Leadville roots, first becoming the keystone of […]

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$30 Moly and the future of Climax

Article by Steve Voynick Mining – July 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine EVERY TEN YEARS OR SO, the Climax Mine seems poised to rise from its ashes, hiring hundreds of miners, bringing the good times back to Leadville, and reclaiming some measure of its former glory as a major source of molybdenum. After circulating quietly […]

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A Room for the Summer, by Fritz Wolff

Review by Steve Voynick Mining – July 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine A Room for the Summer: Adventure, Misadventure, and Seduction in the Mines of the Coeur d’Alene by Fritz Wolff Published in 2005 by University of Oklahoma Press ISBN: 0-8061-3658-8

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Climax: Two decades later

Article by Steve Voynick Mining – July 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine ON FEBRUARY 16, 2004, it seemed that the off-and-on-again rumors of the past 20 years had finally come true. The headline of a front-page, above-the-fold article in The Denver Post announced “Leadville Taps Vein of Hope.” An accompanying color photo showed a cluster […]

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124 years of tradition at the Twin Lakes General Store

Article by Steve Voynick Rural life – August 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine GENERAL STORES, those small, rural emporiums where you can buy a little of everything but not a lot of anything, are places where you catch up on local news, pick up the mail, and find out what’s biting. But they’ve been disappearing […]

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Remembering the shining times

Article by Steve Voynick Leadville – February 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine BACK IN THE 1970s, the Golden Burro Caf√© & Lounge on historic Harrison Avenue in Leadville, Colorado, did a land-office business when the shifts changed at the nearby Climax Mine. I was one of those miners who grabbed a quick meal or a […]

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Love and Hate on Independence Pass

Article by Steve Voynick Transporttion – August 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Independence Pass is one of those places that varies radically in the eyes of its beholders. Most folks seem to either love it or hate it. Many Lake and Chaffee county locals love the pass because it’s a fast summertime route to Aspen […]

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Mel Coleman: A better trail ahead

Article by Steve Voynick Agriculture – March 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine WHEN A LIFELONG RANCHER passes on, it seems almost obligatory to bring up the well-worn metaphor about “the end of the trail.” But in the case of Mel Coleman, the Saguache rancher whose name is synonymous with natural beef, the phrase doesn’t really […]

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