Summitville History and Cleanup

Field Trip

June 25, 2016

History of Summitville Mining District
and Current Remediation Efforts

Summitville cleanup


Trip leaders: Dr. Dick Goddard, ASU and Mark Rudolph, CDPHE

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, remote mining operations throughout the West usually consisted of the mines themselves, a town site where workers and their families lived, and ore processing facilities.  Summitville had all of these features and provides an interesting glimpse of how these features and attitudes about them have changed over time.  The original town site consisted of cabins of all sorts erected by the miners themselves.  Although none of these structures still exists, current archaeological research is attempting to learn more about them.  The later town was a company town.  Although now a “ghost town,” many of the buildings are still standing.  Even though more modern processing facilities have replaced the earlier ones, remnants of the earlier facilities still exist.  Although no mining continues at the site, a modern facility to clean up the environmental damage caused by the earlier operations is in place.


About the Trip Leaders

Dr. Richard Goddard is a Professor of Social Sciences and Archaeology at Adams State University.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in history from WayneStateUniversity, his Master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. in historical archaeology from the University of Nevada, Reno.  He has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the West and has had 30 years of experience in prehistoric and historical archaeology in the Southwest and the Great Basin.  His primary theoretical interest is the development of communities in the West.  He has worked on mining sites, homesteads, stage stations, and pony express stations.  Most recently, with investigations at Fort Garland and Fort Massachusetts, he has been examining the impact of the military presence on the development of frontier communities.

Mark Rudolph is the Summitville Project Manager who works for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.  Mr. Rudolph has been an Environmental Protection Specialist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for over 16 years and has over 27 years of experience working on and managing environmental projects including Superfund projects, CERCLA projects, Brownfield site assessments, sampling investigations, and Brownfields redevelopment sites.  Additionally, Mark has extensive knowledge in mine site reclamation, federal and state regulation and hazardous waste site cleanup and operations.  He has experience in monitoring of soil, air and water quality along with emergency response and Quality Assurance and Quality Control planning.


Trip Details

This trip is free of charge but is only open to 2016 dues paid members of CFI. If you are not a CFI member yet, we invite you to follow the Membership Sign Up 2016 link at the top of this page to become a CFI member for 2016. If you have questions about the your CFI membership status, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Preregistration is required to attend the trip. Please follow the registration link below to sign up for this trip (assuming you are a 2016 CFI member).

This will be a half day field trip that will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Summitville site with parking available next to the water treatment plant.  If you would like to carpool, please meet at the South Fork Visitors Center parking lot prior to 9:00 a.m. From South Fork, the group will take highway 160 west for 9 miles to Park Creek Road.  Once on Park Creek Road the group will continue another 16 miles to Summitville by following posted signs. 


If you have problems with the registration website or have questions about the trip or your CFI membership status, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

We hope you can join us.


Summitville Trip Registration Link