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Location DB > United States > Colorado > Erie > Eagle Mine
Eagle Mine
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created by lexiphoto on 1/24/2006 6:08 AM
last modified by UnchartedSights on 1/10/2016 1:03 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The Eagle Mine was a single pit, underground mine. A fairly expansive site, but not much remains outside of a few foundations, the water tower and some rubble. The current status of the mine is listed as "abandoned and sealed" and the entrance to the mine has been filled in with rubble.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
I-25 and Exit 232
Erie, Colorado
United States
Owner: For Sale
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  •  Hazards
  • If mine is accessible, flooding and/or firedamp
  •  Interesting Features
    A few foundations, remains of the water tower, rubble and debris and the caved-in mine entrance. The mine MIGHT be accessible; the shaft is jammed with concrete and timbers from the headframe. Doesn't look like it's actually sealed- a little digging may uncover a way in. I wouldn't recommend it however.
     Security Measures
  • None. You can walk right up
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1939
    Closed: 1978
     Required Equipment
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    Seems fairly old, with some new additions.

    Site of the Eagle Coal Mine. This was one of the many mines that surround Erie. As natural gas started to be used more than coal for fuel, the mines in the area gradually closed. Eagle Coal was one of the last, closing in 1978, the Lincoln mine being the last closing a year later in 1979.

    New equipment was moved into the mine. During the updating of the equipment, the mine caught on fire. To put out the fire, it was flooded, and it successfully quenched the fire, which in itself is a rareity as coal mine fire generally don't extinguish (for example the Marshall coal mine near Boulder that has been burning for 137 years, since 1869). The owners decided it was better to just take the insurance money and walk away as coal was fading fast. As far as I know the mine is flooded on some of the lower levels and the new equiptment is still there in the sealed mine.

    The Eagle Mine was the most productive coal mine along the front range as miners took out over over 7.9 million short-tons of coal.

    Sometime after that it was used as a scapyard. This may have been salvage work from the mine. That ended just a few years ago.
     Media Coverage
    A story from the Colorado Geological Survey: http://coloradogeo...r-weld-coal-field/
     Future Plans
    For sale and next to an interstate interchange. This site will probably not last long.

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     Photo Galleries
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    Jan 23,2006
    Tue, Jan 24th, 2006
    posted by lexiphoto
    18 pictures
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    PT&B trip
    Sat, Feb 4th, 2006
    posted by autowitch
    9 pictures
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    Eagle Mine Trip Feb 2014
    Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
    posted by UnchartedSights
    8 pictures

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    panorama woo
    Tue, Jan 24th, 2006
    posted by lexiphoto
     Web Links
    Urbex Colorado Video of location: https://www.youtub...atch?v=E_TYCCp5yTA

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Explorer Zero on 1/10/2016 3:34 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jan 10 16 at 3:34, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Jan 10 16 at 1:03, UnchartedSights changed the following: History, Interesting Features, Security Measures, Media Coverage, Description
  • on Jan 9 16 at 15:44, Explorer Zero conditionally validated this location
  • on Dec 27 15 at 22:33, UnchartedSights changed the following: Web Links
  • on Dec 27 15 at 22:33, UnchartedSights changed the following: Web Links
  • on Dec 27 15 at 22:30, UnchartedSights added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Dec 27 15 at 22:25, UnchartedSights updated gallery Eagle Mine Trip Feb 2014
  • on Dec 27 15 at 22:24, UnchartedSights created a new gallery
  • on Mar 26 10 at 2:34, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Mar 25 10 at 1:24, Roadrunner6913 changed the following: Latitude, Longitude
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