Red Mountain (Ouray County, Colorado)

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Red Mountain Number 3
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Red Mountain Number 3
Highest point
Elevation 12,896 ft (3,931 m) [1]
Coordinates 37°54′06″N107°41′21″W / 37.901662°N 107.6892276°W / 37.901662; -107.6892276 Coordinates: 37°54′06″N107°41′21″W / 37.901662°N 107.6892276°W / 37.901662; -107.6892276 [2]
Geography
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Red Mountain Number 3
Location Ouray and San Juan counties, Colorado, United States [2]
Parent range San Juan Mountains
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Ironton, Colorado [2]
Red Mountain Number 1
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Red Mountain Number 1
Highest point
Elevation 12,598 ft (3,840 m) [3]
Coordinates 37°54′37″N107°39′44″W / 37.9102732°N 107.6622828°W / 37.9102732; -107.6622828 [4]
Geography
Location Ouray and San Juan counties, Colorado, United States [4]
Red Mountain Number 2
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Red Mountain Number 2
Highest point
Elevation 12,225 ft (3,726 m) [5]
Coordinates 37°54′46″N107°40′57″W / 37.9127730°N 107.6825607°W / 37.9127730; -107.6825607 [6]
Geography
Location Ouray County, Colorado, U.S. [6]

Red Mountain is a set of three peaks in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado in the United States, about 5 miles south of Ouray. The mountains get their name from the reddish iron ore rocks that cover the surface. Several other peaks in the San Juan Mountains likewise have prominent reddish coloration from iron ore and are also called "Red Mountain".

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Nearby Red Mountain Pass is named after Red Mountain, and the ghost town mining camp of Red Mountain Town is located around Red Mountain.

Red Mountain Town

Following sporadic settling of the region in the 1870s, a series of permanent mining towns were founded in what became known as the Red Mountain Mining District. Among these was Red Mountain Town, which was founded following discoveries of silver in 1882. [7] [8] Other communities in the area included Ironton and Guston, which were eventually connected with the larger towns of Silverton and Ouray via the Silverton Railroad and later the Million Dollar Highway.


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References

  1. The elevation of Red Mountain Number 3 includes an adjustment of +1.801 m (+5.91 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. 1 2 3 "Red Mountain Number 3". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  3. The elevation of Red Mountain Number 1 includes an adjustment of +1.826 m (+5.99 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  4. 1 2 "Red Mountain Number 1". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  5. The elevation of Red Mountain Number 2 includes an adjustment of +1.803 m (+5.92 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  6. 1 2 "Red Mountain Number 2". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  7. Underwood, Todd (July 2000). "Red Mountain Town". Ghosttowns.com. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  8. "Red Mountain Town, Colorado". Western Mining History. Retrieved 8 March 2021.