DENVER (AP) — A sparsely populated county in southwest Colorado hopes to make a tourist attraction of a 19th-century silver mining camp that needs cleanup.
The mine's owner, LKA International Inc. of Gig Harbor, Wash., plans to transfer the site at no charge to Hinsdale County. The county will need to clean up lead and heavy metals contamination and restore buildings before opening the camp to the public.
County Commissioner Stan Whinnery says he hopes the heritage of the Ute-Ulay camp near Lake City will lure visitors year-round to the county, which has about one person per square mile.
The site on Henson Creek sits on a backcountry scenic byway that connects Lake City, Silverton and Ouray. The structures there supported mining that has occurred in fits and spurts since the late 1800s.