Colorado’s Iconic Crystal Mill Needs Your Help

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Even if you’ve never visited the Crystal Mill, you’ve probably seen photographs. The picturesque 127-year-old, rickety wooden structure sits on an outcrop, overlooking the Crystal River just outside of Marble, Colorado. Surrounded by aspen groves, the Mill has remained one of Colorado’s…

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Colorado’s iconic Crystal Mill gets boost to save it ‘from possible destruction’

gazette.com – August 14, 2020

Crystal Mill, outside Marble, is an iconic Colorado postcard location. The powerhouse was built in 1892 and operated until the closure of the Sheep Mountain Mine in 1917.

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Nonprofit Needs $10M to Save Iconic Crystal Mill From Sale

ourcommunitynow.com – August 12, 2020

Crystal Mill, an oft-photographed piece of Colorado’s history that balances majestically on a rock outcrop above the Crystal River, is now on a precipice of a different kind. The mill sits right at the intersection of our mining past and the booming real estate market of our current times, and its future is looking uncertain.

Located near Marble, the iconic structure, which was actually a turbine-wheel powerhouse built in 1893 to generate air for air-drill mining, is currently the property of a private owner and is facing a possible sale.

While there is no information as to what would happen to the mill after the sale, a non-profit foundation is hoping to preserve the mill and ensure it is protected for years to come.

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Nonprofit Seeks Donations to Save Crystal Mill

postindependent.com – August 5, 2020

A group of people from all over Colorado are banding together to save the Crystal Mill from “almost certain destruction,” a Crystal Mill foundation spokesperson said.

“Our long term goal would be for to once and for all preserve something that people think is already preserved,” said Heather Leigh, the Crystal Mill Foundation president.

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Group Racing to Raise $10M to Preserve Iconic Crystal Mill before potential sale

aspentimes.com – August 5, 2020

The Crystal Mill, a beautiful relic of Colorado’s colorful mining past, has stood crazily on a rock outcrop above the Crystal River in the Elk mountains since 1893. But after withstanding more than a century of harsh winters in a rugged, remote setting near the ghost town of Crystal, its days may be numbered.

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Group Forms to Prevent Destruction of Iconic Crystal Mill

outtherecolorado.com – August 5, 2020

The Crystal Mill historic site is an iconic bucket list location that many adventurers hope to visit in the future. However, one group fears that visiting this 1890s structure might not always be a possibility. A non-profit group called the Crystal Mill Foundation has been formed with the goal of purchasing the land that Crystal Mill is built on in order to prevent the historic site from possible future destruction.

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Group Racing to Raise $10M to Preserve Iconic Crystal Mill before Potential Sale

denverpost.com – August 5, 2020

The Crystal Mill, a beautiful relic of Colorado’s colorful mining past, has stood crazily on a rock outcrop above the Crystal River in the Elk mountains since 1893. But after withstanding more than a century of harsh winters in a rugged, remote setting near the ghost town of Crystal, its days may be numbered.

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Nonprofit Formed to Preserve Mill

gunnisontimes.com – July 30, 2020

An effort to preserve the 130 year old Crystal Mill, built in the 1880s, has resulted in the formation of a new foundation. The Crystal Mill Foundation has purchased the property from the private family owners to prevent it from possible destruction.

According to foundation president Heather Leigh, purchasing the Crystal Mill and placing it into this nonprofit foundation allows the mill to be preserved and managed for the next generations of visitors. The foundation intends to install much-needed health and safety measures like public restrooms and public drinking water for hikers, bikers and other recreationalists. It also will be able to create a safe way to get down to the water’s edge by installing stone steps and an observation area so the young and old can experience the mill together in a safe way.

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Laying a Foundation for Preservation at the Crystal Mill

soprissun.com – July 29, 2020

The Crystal Mill has a shot at permanent protection, provided a new nonprofit can raise the money to buy the property before it’s sold to the highest bidder.

“It’s about preserving something magical,” explained Crystal Mill Foundation President Heather Leigh. “Who doesn’t want to be part of saving the most iconic structure in the state?”

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Keeping Crystal from being put through the mill

soprissun.com – July 17, 2019

Some new things have been happening in Crystal City — but they’re rooted in old things.

Emmett Gould saw the value of the remote mining town and the picturesque “mill” nearby more than a century ago and set about consolidating the claims.

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Residents of Marble and Crystal say 13-mile Lead King Loop is being loved to death

aspenjournalism.com – July 23, 2019

MARBLE — This small, remote outpost of Gunnison County near the headwaters of the Crystal River has long been left to its own devices.

Marble, a sleepy hamlet, is home to roughly 130 people, many of them retirees and other people who moved here for the peace and quiet. There is no cell service, Wi-Fi is available at just two locations and only one street is paved. The tourism association’s motto is “Colorado like it used to be” — and that’s how most people in Marble like it.

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