Commodore Mining District

Year Listed: 2006
County: Mineral County
Construction Date: 1890s
Threat When Listed: Natural Elements

Believed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, the complex lies one mile north of the historic mining town of Creede. Activity in the area began with the early silver bonanzas of the 1890s and continued into base metal production during World War II. The Commodore Mine finally closed in 1976. The district has stood as a regional icon and one of Colorado’s most scenic and photographed mining sites.

Since its 2006 listing, a group of dedicated citizens formed the Creede Minding Heritage, Inc. with a mission to preserve historic mining sites in the Creede area. This group is now working to control the erosion, runoff, and possible contaminants within the area.  With the completion of an environmental assessment and boundary survey, the organization hopes to purchase the site and start its restoration process.

A recent meeting at the Commodore Mine demonstrated the strong support from the City of Creede and local groups, but with the EPA Superfund listing and concerns over ownership – the buildings remain in jeopardy. The American Mining Association, a 501 c3, has been formed. CPI Preservation Services secured a major rehabilitation and stabilization grant in 2021, now underway, and will continue to support a State Register listing by the EPA. 

“American Mining Foundation as a goal wants to stabilize, preserve, restore where required the structures making them safe for tourism tours and educational tours.”-Craig Sparks Board Member at American Mining Foundation

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