Letter from Harvey N. Gardiner
Geography – December 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine
I always find Colorado Central interesting reading. You may be surprised at the obscure things this reader, at least, notices, but which also give me the opportunity for shameless self-promotion.
The “Vacating Cleora” article in the November edition quotes a paragraph from the History of Leadville and Lake County, Colorado. The last sentence says, in part, “… the ores found in the Monarch Mine were thought to be similar to the carbonate ores of the Leadville District.”
This brings me to the self-promotion part and the enclosed article [“Finding New Mines within Old Mines at Leadville, Colorado,” by Harvey N. Gardiner, in the October, 1992, edition of Journal of the West]. Carbonate zinc ores first found in the Monarch Mining District led to their discovery in Leadville’s mines in 1910. This would become the fourth mining epoch at Leadville.
Here is some more minutia: the book review of Roadside History of Colorado notes that “Cameron Mountain,” according to the book, can be seen from Leadville. The book reviewer says that Cameron Mountain is the highest of the Arkansas Hills.
There is a Mount Cameron (14,238 feet) located between Mount Lincoln and Mount Bross, but since the elevation drop to the saddles and distances between these peaks is “not great enough,” Mount Cameron is not considered a separate mountain. But in no way possible is Mount Cameron visible from the Leadville area.
Harvey N. Gardiner