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Much confusion surrounds Burrows Park and four other small mining camps that existed in the same general area at around the same time.

The camps of Argentum, Burrows Park, Whitecross, Tellurium, and Sterling were all located in a mountain park called Burrows Park, which itself made up the Burrows Park Mining District. The trouble is that no one seems to know precisely where one town starts and another town ends.

Burrows Park seems to have been located approximately three quarters of a mile northwest of Argentum and was the second in a string of five camps along Hinsdale County Road 30 headed toward Animas Forks. Another three quarters of a mile further is the location of the Seward County Mine. There has been speculation that suggests that Argentum and Burrows Park may have been different names for the same place. It's also feasible that they were distinct places, but that Burrows Park (the larger of the two) absorbed Argentum.

With less than a mile between the two sites, either of these possibilities is reasonable. But so is the argument that they were two completely separate towns and stayed that way.

Most accounts put the population at Burrows Parks as ranging between a low of about twenty people and a high of around two hundred depending on the excitement at any given moment.

Copper, silver, and iron were all found here in mines with names like the Bonhomme, the Cracker Jack, the Tabasco, and the Champion.

The intriguing mystery of the camps of the Burrows Park Mining District may never be solved.