Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Off Limits

Freshman's Jewelers in Victor, CO - circa 1909
One of the shows I enjoy watching is a show on the Travel Channel called "Off Limits". On last weeks episode the show visited a gold mine in Colorado. My ears perked up when they mentioned the mine was the Cripple Creek/Victor mine in Colorado. As you may know, Freshmans was founded in Cripple Creek in 1895 before the family moved to Salt Lake City in 1928. It was fun to see how with new technologies the mine is once again producing. This video clip shows a 60 lb. gold button being poured, worth about $1.25 million. There was one tidbit in the full episode that I found very interesting. It takes over 200 dump trucks (like the huge ones at Kennecott) full of rock to produce enough ore to make one wedding band!

Cripple Creek/Victor Gold mine - via travelchannel.com
If you want to see the whole episode, it airs on the Travel Channel tonight (OK technically Wed the 25th) at midnight. Check it out, it's pretty cool.

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