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Missouri Lake Submarine

The Submariners of Missouri Lake

Location: 250 Norton Dr, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Information printed with permission of the Gilpin County Historical Society, originally published in Alan Granruth’s “The Little Kingdom of Gilpin – Gilpin County, Colorado” 

“The U.S. Navy purchased its first submarine in 1900. What would this have to do with Gilpin County? The last form of transportation anyone would expect to find in the mountains of Colorado would be any type of naval vessel. However, beginning in 1898, Rufus T. Owen and two helpers spent two years building a submarine in Central City. They kept the work a secret, and only a few of Owen’s friends were aware of the project. 

Upon its completion, Owen hauled the submarine to Missouri Lake in order to test it. The vessel was filled with three tons of rock for ballast, but unfortunately the placement of the rocks was off and the sub sank. The submarine remained underwater and forgotten until April 1932. At that time the Chain O’ Mines, needing large quantities of water for processing ore, lowered the lake between 10 and 12 feet, uncovering the sub for the first time in more than 30 years. However, it was not until January 1944 that a Central City resident recovered the submarine from the lake.”

The recovered submarine is on display at the Gilpin History Museum, located at 228 E 1st High Street in Central City. 

Image of the Submariners of Gilpin County highway sign. Text from sign included below.

Lago Missouri

Ubicación: 250 Norton Dr, Black Hawk, CO 80422

La Marina de los Estados Unidos compró su primer submarino en 1900. ¿Qué tendría que ver esto con el Condado de Gilpin? La última forma de transporte que alguien esperaría encontrar en las montañas de Colorado sería cualquier tipo de buque naval. Sin embargo, a partir de 1898, Rufus T. Owen y dos ayudantes pasaron dos años construyendo un submarino en Central City. Mantuvieron el trabajo en secreto y solo unos pocos amigos de Owen estaban informados del proyecto.

Al completarse, Owen llevó el submarino al Lago Missouri para probarlo. La embarcación se llenó con tres toneladas de roca como lastre, pero desafortunadamente la ubicación de las rocas estaba equivocada y el submarino se hundió. El submarino permaneció sumergido y olvidado hasta abril de 1932. En ese momento, la operación minera Chain O’ Mines, necesitando grandes cantidades de agua para el procesamiento del mineral, bajó el nivel del lago entre 10 y 12 pies, descubriendo el submarino por primera vez en más de 30 años. Sin embargo, no fue hasta enero de 1944 que un residente de Central City recuperó el submarino del lago.

El submarino recuperado está en exhibición en el Museo de Historia de Gilpin, ubicado en 228 E 1st High Street en Central City.