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created October, 1999
This is the Climax Molybdenum Mine at 11,300 feet at the top of Fremont Pass. The mine has been in operation off and on since World War One when molybdenum was found to be useful in hardening steel used for military equipment. For many years, the mine employed hundreds of people from Leadville, Colorado. When it shut down for several years the residents of Leadville were severely affected. The mine is now operated on a limited scale and the economy of Leadville is based more on recreation and tourism than on mining. 14,148 foot Mount Democrat can be seen to the right of the mine. More from Fremont Pass