Columbia Mine is located South of Las Vegas, Nevada. Nearest towns are Jean, Nevada, Goodsprings, Nevada and Sandy Valley, Nevada. Primary mining in the area included: copper, lead, silver, gold and zinc.
This mine has three main locations and several smaller prospects in around the same valley. Site 1 is closest to the paved road and above the trail. This is the largest of the 3 sites with three lower levels which may have joined with Site 2 at an earlier time, but with collapses at the lowest level, we weren't able to confirm. Site 1, which is furthest from the pavement, has some large stoped areas and an incline shaft that ended abruptly.
Over the years, we've seen work vehicles backed up to the mine. We're not sure if they were part of a mine survey crew or crews of the Sandy Valley road widening project. We're not even sure it's a road widening project. Almost every year, we've seen the road graded and widened, but the road is never repaved.
Other than the "Stay Out. Stay Alive" signs, there are no other boundary placards on site, but we do know this and surrounding the surrounding 40.27 acres was purchased in 2007 for $625,000. At around $15,520 per acre it might be a good long term investment for property rich with copper. Thick veins of it can be seen at the surface and followed deep into the mine along support columns.
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Columbia Mine. Goodsprings, Nevada.
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Primary mining: Copper
Secondary Mining: Zinc, Gold, Silver