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Aspen History: Hope was eternal for Midnight Mine

The image shows the Midnight Mine in the early 1930s. Located at 9,600 feet, this mine did not close when the other mines in the Aspen area shut down because of low mineral prices.
Aspen Historical Society

“The Midnight shooting straight to rich ore,” proclaimed the Aspen Democrat-Times on Feb. 24, 1925. “The Midnight Tunnel is being driven in a straight line along the Annie Fault to intersect the big body of high grade ore which was opened in the winze during operations of last spring. The ore as exposed in the winze and going down had dimensions of 8×25 feet and careful sampling showed values of an average of 63 ounces of silver and 7 percent lead to the ton as broken with a machine drill. We rejoice with the Hope Company and congratulate them on their recent discovery of high grade ore in their tunnel for several reasons. The Hope is our home company and its success means much to the camp and especially the Richmond Hill district which seems destined to become Aspen’s greatest productive area in the future. Go for it boys, we are for you 100 percent and are doing our best to duplicate your success in the near future.”

Aspen Times Weekly

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