OURAY – Geology and mineralogy buffs will gather in Ouray from Sept. 5-8 for the first ever Ouray-Silverton San Juan Mountains Minerals Symposium.
The weekend-long event, sponsored by the Friends of Mineralogy of Colorado and the Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, will include a variety of presentations and field trips spotlighting the mining history, geology and minerals of one of America’s most spectacular mountain areas.
Ouray-based Certified Professional Geologist Bob Larson is helping to head up the event, and expects about 100 people from across the state and country to attend. The symposium is scheduled to immediately precede the Denver Mineral Show – an event that attracts thousands of people from across the country.
“This area is world-renowned for its mineralogy,” Larson said. “It should be a lot of fun. We really look forward to having these people in our community and experiencing things we do on a day-to-day basis.”
Larson will offer a lecture titled “The Vein Systems of the Silverton Caldera and Their Minerals (Idarado Mine, Camp Bird Mine and Revenue-Virginius Mine)”. Fellow Ouray geologist Robert Stoufer is also on the lineup of presenters and will be giving a talk on “Mineral Collecting in the San Juans”. Other speakers include Duane A. Smith, John Dreier, Bill Jones, Don Paulson, David Smith and Ken Sloan, speaking on a range of topics having to do with the geology and mining history of the region, on Friday evening and throughout Saturday.
One highlight of the symposium will be an evening presentation on Saturday, Sept. 6, where “Thomas Walsh”(impersonated in costume by his biographer John Stewart, a Denver attorney and author) will talk about his mining activities at Ouray’s Camp Bird Mine during the 1890s.
Symposium events on Friday and Saturday will take place at the Ouray Elks Lodge, while guided and self-guided field trips on Sunday and Monday will take participants into the surrounding mountains near Silverton and Ouray.
Planned guided field trips include Ouray-based Certified Professional Geologists Larry Meckel and Rick Trujillo’s tour from Ouray to the Camp Bird Mine and Revenue Mine near Yankee Boy Basin, and Don Paulson and Bob Larson’s tour to the Red Mountains.
Three guided tours will also be offered in the Silverton area, featuring the Sunnyside Mine, the Silver Wing Mine and the Highland Mary Mine.
Trip guides for the self-guided tours are outlined in the publication “Mines, Mountain Roads and Rocks,” by George E. Moore.
For more information, or to register, visit http://friendsofmineralogycolorado.org/index.php/events/13-meetings/39-ouray-silverton-san-juan-mountains-mineral-symposium2.
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