Steve, Jennifer, Tristan, Cat, Mile & Jim does not encourage anyone to enter abandoned mines.   Our purpose here is to present a historical perspective and an entertaining viewpoint to the many old mines of the West.  Although we have been exploring old mines for more than 45 years, we are by no means experts in this field.   Some of the many dangers include deep, open vertical shafts, rotten or missing ladders, rotten or missing support timbers, loose rock, coller cave-ins, water, carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide, and explosives.   Even if someone were to survive a mine accident, the remote location of most mines causes lengthy delays in any rescue attempts.   All mines shown on this site were thoroughly examined, with all suitable precautions taken when documenting these sites.   We do not take responsibility for any injuries or death which may occur by visiting these mines nor will we provide any directions.


The Revenue-Virginius mine was discovered in 1876 and started production in 1880.   Virginius was a predecessor to Camp Bird - as many as 400 people lived here in the 1880's and 1890's.  It’s a rich mine: by 1896 its mill was processing 300 tons of ore per day, and generated more than $300,000/year profits (in 1890s money!) for years.  At its peak at the turn of the century, 300 miners lived in boarding houses on the property.   The operations at the mine were terminated due to flooding in 1906.  The mine was sold to Eastern interests for $100,000, but work was hampered by the high altitude of 12,300 feet.   By 1921, the mine had produced more than $28 million worth of gold and silver, but its mill burned down in 1920.  It never recovered from that, and shut down in the 40s. There were many attempts to reopen the mine over the years, but silver prices wouldn’t support the economics of the idea.

structure falling down
This is the Virginius Mine as it looked on our 2019 trip

over 12000 feet high
This is a view of the two remaining buildings with the mine entrance in the background.

Another view of the damaged mine buildingr

a pile of wood.
Heavy snowfall is causing this damage.

newer building.
This is a newer building from several years ago

a pile of wood.
Heavy snowfall is causing this damage.

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