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Eagle County Times 27.08.1898 Volume: Issue: 17
Page: 3 [Mining Notes]: Columbine-Victor Tunnel to Link New Mill with Mine



One of the Important Cripple Creek Enterprise.

  One of the most important tunnel enterprises in the Cripple Creek district, says the Mining Reporter, is the Columbine-Victor bore that is being pushed from the west side of Squaw mountain.
  The tunnel is now in about 1,800 feet, but when completed it will be nearly 5,000 feet in length and will connect with the Gold Coin mine, on the east side of Squaw mountain, within the town limits.
  The depth at which the tunnel will tap the mine will be about 120 feet.

  The work of driving the tunnel has been prosecuted steadily by the Woods Investment Company, which is arranging to erect a mill on the west side of Squaw for the purpose of treating the low grade ores of the Gold Coin mine.
  The ore will be transported through the long tunnel to the new mill, where it will be treated and at a profit.

  There is little doubt that the Columbine-Victor tunnel has already cut a large body of pay ore at some point in the mountain. The erection of immense ore bins has been started.
  It does not seem reasonable to expect that they would be built at the west end of the tunnel in order to furnish storage room for Gold Coin ores, when more than 3,000 feet of the tunnel are still to be driven before it will reach the Gold Coin mine.
  Ground has also been cleared for the company's mill at the point named. The fact appears to be that another valuable shipper has been added to the list of gold mines in the south end of the district, and that Squaw mountain will again soon be numbered among the valuable mineral sections of the district.

The Mining and Metallurgical Journal 01.01.1899 Volume: Issue: 7
Page: 15 [General Mining News]: Economic Gold Extraction Company

  Horace F. Brown, M. E., patentee of Brown's Complete Automatic Mill Process, Brown's Horseshoe Roasting Furnace, Brown's Chloridizing Furnace, Brown's Cooling and Conveying Hearth, and Brown's Pulp Distributer for Leaching, is now located at Victor, Colorado.
  He is putting in a very large plant there, nearly 600 tons daily capacity, for the Economic Gold Extraction Co., and Mr. Brown believes it will bear out the name and says he will have an automatic milling plant that will be more economical than any other in the country.

Mines and Minerals 02.1899 Volume: Issue: 6
Page: 327 [Mining Notes]: Economic Gold Mill (Gold Coin Mill)

  At Cripple Creek the Gold Coin Company is erecting a 300-ton chlorination mill which will be, when completed, the largest chlorination mill in the state. The building will be constructed of steel. This will be a very important enterprise both for Cripple Creek and the state at large.

Morning Times 23.07.1899 Volume: Issue: 200
Page: 1 [Article]: Mr. W.S. Stephens; Deceased



W.S. Stevens Dies of Injuries Received at Eclipse





  W.S. Stevens, an employee of the Economic Gold Extraction company’s mill in Eclipse gulch, was crushed so terribly under the wheels of a heavily-loaded flat car yesterday morning at 10 o’clock that he died from his injuries three hours afterward.
  Stevens and a fellow workman were unloading a heavy roaster for the mill  from the flat car, when the brakes gave way. Both men jumped from the car, but Stevens’ right foot caught in some rope and he was dragged in front of the moving car.
  The front wheels passed over his left foot, crushing it to a pulp, and then over his body in the region of the stomach, breaking his back. He was removed to his home in Eclipse gulch.
  Stevens leaves a wife and children, and his death will be deeply felt by his many friends.

The Mining and Metallurgical Journal 15.08.1899 Volume: Issue: 10
Page: 9 [Industrial Notes]: - Machinery for the Economic Mill

  The Denver Engineering Works Company reports to have just shipped ten car loads of 16" x 36" Denver crushing rolls to Cripple Creek, for the large mill now being built by the Economic Gold Extraction Co.

Morning Times 19.10.1899 Volume: Issue: 0
Page: 1 [Mining Notes]: Economic Mill

  The Economic mill in Requa gulch has just finished a preliminary run of their machinery, the motive power of which is electricity. The run was perfectly satisfactory both to the mill people and the Colorado Electric Power company, who will furnish the power.

The Mining and Metallurgical Journal 15.11.1899 Volume: Issue: 4
Page: 46 [General Mining News]: Economic Gold Extraction Mill

  The machinery in the Economic Extraction Mill in Eclipse Gulch, El Paso County, is all in position and fires have been laid under the great boilers. During the next five or six weeks the process and the plant will be thoroughly tried, and the success or failure of the project demonstrated.

  At the very first the mill will be subjected to a severe test - namely, the treatment of low-grade rock from the dump of the Gold Coin mine. If this rock can be successfully and profitably handled the success of the enterprise will be assured and the popularity of the process immediate.

Morning Times 14.12.1899 Volume: Issue: 0
Page: 5 [General Mining News]: Economic Mill

  It is more than probable that the barrels in the Economic Mill in Eclipse Gulch will be started to-day. For the past few days two rosters have been going and a great quantity of ore has been run through the huge run way of fire and now the pulp bins are almost to the overflowing point and very little room remains for more pulp and it is now absolutely necessary to start the barrels.
  Three shifts of men are being employed in crushing and when the barrels are started a great many more men will be employed in the big mill. The capacity of the mill is all of 300 tons a day, but it can be crowded to handle at least 350 tons daily and it is more than probable that such an amount will be handled.

Morning Times 31.12.1899 Volume: Issue: 0
Page: 5 [Mining Notes]: Economic Mill

Taken from a longer article about the Ore Output for 1899.

  The Economic mill has been in operation a month and a great quantity of ore has been handled in an experimental way, which General Manager Woods estimates to be worth $100,000.

The Mining and Metallurgical Journal 01.08.1900 Volume: Issue: 21
Page: 315 [General Mining News]: Economic Mill

  Another new enterprise in the district is a chlorination mill with five barrels and a 300-foot roaster building.

Colorado Transcript 07.11.1900 Volume: Issue: 3
Page: 2 [Colorado News]: Mrs. Minnie Stephens; Awarded Damages After Loss of Husband

  In the District Court at Cripple Creek, Mrs. Minnie Stephens was awarded $5,000 damages against the Florence & Cripple Creek Railway Company. Her husband was killed by a runaway car several months ago at the Economic Mill on the west side of Squaw mountain.

Durango Wage Earner 22.11.1900 Volume: Issue: 44
Page: 2 [Colorado News]: Mr. Gebhardt; Dangerously Hurt at Mill

  Mr. Gebhardt, a carpenter employed on the Economic mill at Victor, was dangerously hurt by a fall on the 18th inst. [this month]

Fairplay Flume 14.12.1900 Volume: Issue: 45
Page: 1 [Mining Notes]: Economic Mill Ore Output, November

The November Output of this Mill:









The total output of the Cripple Creek mines for the month of November is estimated at 44,200 tons of ore treated, with a gross value of $1,960,300.

Fairplay Flume 14.12.1900 Volume: Issue: 45
Page: 1 [Mining Notes]: Economic Mill To Be Alone

Mills Move to the Valley.

  Within another thirty days there will be but one reduction works running in the entire Cripple Creek district and that will be the Economic mill, owned and controlled by that energetic firm, the Woods Brothers of Victor, says the Cripple Creek Times-Citizen.
  The plant of the Colorado Ore Reduction Company is shortly to close, in fact, almost all the ore formerly treated at the mill has been diverted to the new Union mill at Florence.

  The passing of the local mills has been on for some time, and those aquainted with the condition of affairs knew that it would be but a short time that a custom mill could exist here in the district and make expenses, let alone pay a dividend on the money invested in the works.
  The people owning the Union mill at Florence are practically those that own the Colorado plant down at Arequa, but rates are so excessively high here and the advantages so great in the valley that another plant was built down there and within a short time their local mill will be closed for good.

The Mining Investor 19.08.1901 Volume: Issue: 0
Page: 271 [Article]: Economic Mill


  At 9:30 Monday morning fire was discovered in the east wing of the Economic Gold Extraction company's big plant on the west slope of Squaw mountain, in Eclipse gulch.
  Excellent work by the mill's fire department saved the plant from total destruction.

  An officer of the Woods Investment company, which owns the control of the Economic Gold Extraction company, estimated the loss at $7,500, fully covered by insurance.
  The origin of the fire is not definitely known, but it is supposed to have started from the flues running from the furnace to and under the drying tables. The blaze had gained considerable headway before it was discovered, as the mill is constructed principally of wood.
  The fire alarm gong was sounded and the plant's fire brigade was soon at work.

  The trestle from the ore house to the mill was blown down with dynamite, so that the flames could not spread.
  The Gold Coin mine whistle in Victor spread the alarm and Victor's firemen soon had 3320 feet of hose connected with the big Gold Coin pump and laid through the Columbine-Victor tunnel to the mill.
  It was not necessary to use this.

  Mayor Crane of this city went to the scene of the fire with six members of the local department to assist in extinguishing the flames.
  The entire shift of Gold Coin miners was also taken to the mill.

  The firemen at the mill had the flames under control when the additional forces arrived and soon the blaze was extinguished.
  Not a wheel in the big plant was injured but the frame work of the drying room was badly burned.
  The total insurance on the reduction plant is $230,000 and on the cyanide plant $20,000. Twenty thousand dollars of additional insurance was put on the big mill the previous Saturday, and at the time of the fire W. A. Stewart, the Victor insurance agent, and an adjuster were inspecting the mill.
  They had a good opportunity of fully investigating the fire and the work of the company's fire brigade.
  Carpenters were put to work at 1 o'clock repairing the damage and it is thought that inside of two weeks all these repairs will have been made.

Durango Democrat 22.08.1901 Volume: Issue: 270
Page: 1 [Colorado News]: Economic Mill Nearly Repaired

  Damage to the Economic mill at Victor has been nearly repaired.

Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the State of Colorado - No. 8 (1901-1902) 1902 Volume: Issue: 0
Page: 184 [Article]: Economic Mill


  Sixty-five workmen employed at the mill of The Economic Gold Extraction Company, at Victor, went on strike July 14th, for an advance in wages of from $2.75 to $3.00 per day. The demand only affected 22 employes; the others were receiving $3.00 per day, but went out in sympathy.
  About three months prior to this time the management of the Economic mill had reduced the wages of a part of the workmen from $3.00 to $2.75, this strike being for the purpose of restoring the schedule.
  The mill is owned by The Woods Investment Company, with Frank Woods as manager.

  The strike was ordered after a committee of the mill workers had waited upon the manager and failed in the attempt to have the increase granted. The manager alleged that the mill was not operating at a profit, and that to grant the advance would compel the works to be run at a loss. The trouble only lasted two days and was settled by the workmen receiving the advance desired.
  This made the wages of all mill men in the Cripple Creek district uniform, and made the minimum $3.00 per day.

The Cripple Creek Times 01.01.1903 Volume: Issue: 0
Page: 7 [Article]: Economic Mill Production 1902

  During 1902 the following tonnage was handled by the:




Economic, Victor


$ 1,572,720

  The total tonnage of ore produced in 1902 amounted to 674,327 tons, of which 515,327, valued at $15,177,811, were treated by the mills and the balance, 159,000 tons, valued at $9,330,500, were treated at the smelters of the state.

The New Zealand Mines Record 16.02.1906 Volume: Issue: 7
Page: 329 [Article]: Economic Mill

  The Gold Coin Mill. - This mill, which has a capacity of 300 tons per day, is built in steep terraces in Eclipse Gulch, at the mouth of the Gold Coin Tunnel.
  The process used here is barrel chlorination. The ore is crushed in a McCully guratory crusher, rought rolled, sampled, and the crushing completed to 16 to 20 mesh for the sulpho-telluride ore, and a 12 to 16 mesh for the more oxidized varieties.
  Roasting is effected in a battery of six Argall furnaces, with an auxiliary dust plant of two Pearce furnaces. Dissolution of the gold is accomplished in 20 ton chlorination barrels, using perforated lead plate filters.
  These are the largest barrels in use treating Cripple Creek district ores. Chlorine has been generated here by electrolysis of a sodium-chloride solution.
  The process gave excellent results when operating satisfactorily, but on two occasions serious explosions occurred, and lately the generating plant was indefinitely closed down.
  At present the mill has reverted to former practice: bleach and sulphuric acid are used. The barrel residues are concentrated on Wilfley tables, the Wilfley concentrate being cleaned by rerunning on a Bartlett table. Hydrogen sulphide is used as the precipitant for the barrel solutions.

Mineral Resources of the United States 1907 Volume: Issue: 0
Page: 238 [General Mining News]: Economic Mill

  The Economic chlorination mill, at Victor, was operated a portion of the year, but closed down, and was burned early in 1907.

Daily Journal 01.02.1907 Volume: Issue: 153
Page: 3 [Colorado News]: Economic Mill Burned

  Early Wednesday morning fire of a mysterious origin destroyed the Economic mill at Victor, entailing a loss estimated at half a million.

Mining Reporter 30.05.1907 Volume: Issue: 22
Page: 499 [Mining News]: Colorado State Investment Company Ships From Economic Ruins

  The Colorado State Investment Company has made a second shipment of a car lot of mineral from the Economic mill ruins.

The Sun 21.06.1909 Volume: Issue: 294
Page: 9 [Article]: Economic Mill ruins

Colorado Springs, June 15. - A twenty ton shipment from the site of the Old Economic mills in Eclipse Gulch, Cripple Creek returned $89 a ton.

Mining and Scientific Press 09.03.1918 Volume: Issue: 10
Page: 344 [Review of Mining]: Economic dump

  No less than 2700 tons was moved during January from the Economic dump, on the western slope of Squaw mountain, and shipped to the Golden Cycle plant at Colorado Springs. Average gold value was $3.10 per ton.

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