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Vail Symposium: New role for natural resources

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL – On Monday, the Vail Symposium will take its guests on first-hand account of mining practices of yesterday, today and how natural resources could be a key to our future.

The trip to Leadville will be led by Dr. Vince Matthews, director of the Colorado Geologic Survey, and Dr. Bob Raynolds, a geologist with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The tour of the Cloud City will begin with a discussion on our drive up with Raynolds on the history and geology of the land between Minturn and Leadville, including an in-depth conversation about Gillman.

Upon our arrival in Leadville, participants will view California Gulch at the Yak Tunnel and mill site, which is just below the original mining camp of Oro City. This is where the first gold mining occurred and was almost exclusively placer mining.

“We can also view the EPA water treatment plant from this stop and have our discussion of that effort with Commissioner Olsen. Commissioner Olsen also worked in a placer mining operation in the county when he was a youngster,” Matthews said. “This also allows a nice reference point for the second stop at the Little Jonny/Ibex Mine that is about 1,300 feet above the Yak Tunnel and more than two miles into the tunnel. The Ibex has more than 50 miles of underground workings. Its vein deposits of gold are a nice contrast to the earlier placer mining of California Gulch.”

The Ibex mine manager was Molly Brown’s husband.

“Our tour will certainly give the guests an opportunity to see a cross section of one of the oldest mining districts in Colorado,” said Carrie Marsh, executive director of the Vail Symposium.

The symposium will continue exploration of the mining industry by enjoying the rich history on display at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. During lunch at the museum, Matthews will place Colorado’s rich energy and mineral resources in a global framework of natural resource consumption. An exclusive surprise visit following lunch will conclude the day’s events.

The Vail Symposium is a nonprofit organization that has been part of Vail Valley life since 1971. The Symposium invites you to rethink your approach, rediscover yourself, and reconnect to what really matters. Educational programs for the Vail Valley community that are thought-provoking, diverse and affordable are available year-round. For more information, visit or call 970-476-0954.

8:45 a.m.: Meet at the Minturn Ranger Station for a prompt 9am departure

4 p.m.: Return to Minturn

Cost: $45 or $40 Symposium Donors; includes lunch and transportation

Space is limited. Reservations required. Call Vail Symposium 970.476.0954 or sign up at

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