Aspen silver plant tour next week |

Aspen silver plant tour next week

Staff report

The Aspen Historical Society, Roaring Fork Conservancy and Aspen Parks and Open Space are teaming together to offer a tour the silver processing plant known as the Holden Lixiviation Works.

The tour is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 26. Participants will meet at the Holden-Marolt Mining Museum. The event is free, but registration is required at

The silver processing plant was built on the banks of Castle Creek in 1891 by Edward Royal Holden, leading to innovative and sometimes destructive uses of water resources for hydropower and waste disposal. Participants will explore the history, the museum and the remnants of the “Works” (including the newly reconstructed cable derrick) to learn how freshwater was utilized in a different era.

Dress appropriately as this event will happen rain or shine. For more details, call 970-927-1290.

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