The Commodore was a silver, lead, and zinc mine that was discovered during the boom at nearby Creede. It was one of the highest paying silver mines in the state and continued to produce until 1976. It is said that there are over two hundred miles of tunnels under the Commodore.
Today, thanks to Creede volunteers, the Commodore Mine and its ruins are well preserved high on the mountainside above West Willow Creek about one mile north of Creede. The complex was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 29, 2021.
*The Commodore Mine is part of the seventeen-mile Bachelor Loop Historic Tour.