The "Champion" is a two bedroom suite with three Queen beds. Private bath with shower. This room also features a private sitting area.

Rental Rates: (based on single or double occupancy price/night)
$195

 

Additional Person:
$20
No sleeping bags or cots please.
NO CHILDREN under 12 years of age.


THE MOUNT CHAMPION MINE AND MILL

The Mount Champion Mill is situated about sixteen miles by rough four-wheel drive road up Half Creek Gulch from Leadville. The Mount Champion Mine and Mill properties is made up of 92.97 acres containing twelve claims called The Dick Turpin and The Theodolite.

In the late 1890's the Mount Champion Mine proved to be the major producer of ore. The ore that was processed was white quartz, which imparts a yellow color to some of the ore. The ore that was processed from the mine contained iron sulfide, gold, silver, lead, copper, pyrite and galena.

Mount Champion constructed a 6,100-foot tramway, which is believed to be one of the first to pass over the crest of a ridge with an altitude of 13,600 feet at its highest point. Towers were constructed of wood, varying in height and design. These towers were built together to make a long curve for the cable. Electricity brought from Leadville powered the tram, equipped with forty-two buckets, each weighing about 600 pounds and capable of holding nine cubic feet of the precious ore. The high grade ore was shipped directly to the Smelters in Leadville.

Mount Champion eventually stopped operations because the cost of shipping ore to Leadville Smelters proved to be unprofitable. (The mine was closed down late in 1919, according to the Report on Mineral Resources of the United States.)

In 1921, Elmer Paustian obtained a contract from the owners and reopened the mine. Eight men were employed in the operation. In 1940, problems arose in the lease agreement, forcing Paustian to stop.

At present Mount Champion Mine and Mill are decaying before our eyes. The structures are being pulled out of balance by the weight of the tramway cables and with time, Mount Champion is sure to be doomed.

 

Notes of Interest:

Mount Champion's most productive period was between 1906-1919, there were sixteen men working in the mill, and thirty in the mine.

Mount Champion contained "rare" earth metals.

The power line and tramway to the mill and the mine were built in 1905 by Japanese laborers.

The tramway towers still stand today, as well as two wood frame buildings. Two tunnel are visible, although they have long ago caved in.

The Mount Champion Mine represents an interesting piece of Colorado's mining history, and because of this, it has been placed on the National Historic Register.


Click here for historical pictures of the Champion Mine and Mill.