Eastern Mojave Vegetation Clay Mining interpretive panel.  


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  Colorado, Jefferson County, Golden, Triceratops Trail
Photographed 21 December 2019.

Clay Mining
Excavación en la arcilla
Five generations of the Parfet Family operated these and other local clay mines.
Cinco generationes de la familia Parfet operaron estas y ortas minas de arcilla.

In 1877, George W. Parfet, Senior began mining the rich clay from between the harder sandstone layers and restored Golden's mantle as a mning hotspot. This mine was named the Rockwell and in its heyday it shipped 70-75 rail cars filled with clay weekly, each weighing over 2,000 tons!

Bricks made from this clay were used in the Jefferson County Hall of Justice and the Human Services buildings, Denver East and South high schools, the Governor's Mansion and more. The mine closed in 2001 and was reclaimed in 2002 by the City of Golden.

Sign sponsored by the Golden Civic Foundation.

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