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King Turquoise Mine

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1890. Colorado 142, 9.5 miles east of Manassa

In 1890 Perrine King rediscovered this prehistoric mine once worked by Native Americans. King dug pits on the south side of the highway to mine high-grade turquoise. His family continues the operation on a limited basis today, using an unpatented claim filed on Bureau of Land Management land. Of the four main shafts, the deepest is about 130 feet.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "King Turquoise Mine", [Sanford, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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