National Mining Museum in Leadville seeks support for Matchless Mine project
LEADVILLE — The 125-year-old wooden headframe of Matchless Mine is in danger of collapsing, but the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is trying to save the iconic structure — the last remaining open shaft at the site.
The museum in Leadville has been awarded a $13,500 grant to rehabilitate the historic Matchless Mine’s deteriorating headframe, but it must raise another $13,500 to match the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation grant.
Supporters of the museum’s mission and anyone passionate about preserving mining history can make a donation through ColoradoGives.org, and the museum has until Dec. 1 to match the $13,500 grant.
Members of HistoriCorps, a nonprofit organization, along with volunteers will help rehabilitate the headframe with two five-day work sessions in September. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit http://www.historicorps.org/volunteer.
Silver King Horace Tabor’s Matchless Mine, owned by the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, in on the National Register of Historic Places. Tabor’s second wife, “Baby Doe,” lived in the cabin on the claim from 1899 until her death in 1935. The Tabors were significant figures in the history of mining in Leadville, and the nation.
For more information, call Stephen Whittington, executive director, at 719-486-1229 or email director@mininghallof fame.org.