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Silverton is 9,300' and Ouray is 7,700' so it is a pretty steep descent all the way, but the views are simply spectacular. This was silver mining country in the 1880s and 1890s. If you think this road is tough, miners carried cast iron steam boilers to altitudes above 10,000 feet. They are still there. Miners worked year-round and this pass can get snow in June! By the way, many of the old mines were financed by selling shares to investors. Almost all lost money. They took a whole lot of silver out of these mountains, but the big money was made from relatively few claims.

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