The Yankee Girl Headframe, recently at risk of destruction by a real estate developer is now safe. One of the richest lodes in the United States for several years in the late 1880s, the Yankee Girl was sold Thursday to Mark Young, the coroner of Montrose County, and his wife Mary, who plan to put the property into a conservation easement.
Young said the couple paid $245,000 for the Yankee Girl and gave $15,000 more for the adjoining Wilde and Orphan Boy mining claims. The three properties total 23 acres. State tax credits and federal tax deductions will cover the cost, Young said Friday. (Excerpt taken from the Durango Herald. See full Durango Herald article >> )