The Villa Grove turquoise mine, once known as Hall mine, is northwest of the town of Villa Grove in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Villa Grove was one of the Colorado mines that showed signs of ancient Indian workings. It was rediscovered sometime in the 1890’s and mined for copper with major turquoise operations beginning in the early 1900’s. Villa Grove turquoise is a bright blue turquoise mined both clear and also with a fine spider web which sometimes resembled the finest Lone Mountain turquoise from Nevada. In fact the Villa Grove mine was owned in 1965 by Menalis Winfield, who had also owned the Lone Mountain mine in Nevada. Although very rare, turquoise from this area can still appear in today’s market.
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