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Eagle Sampler
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This Sampler was located on Battle Mountain, at the end of the Short Line branch spur to it from its start at the main line heading down passed Goldfield to Victor. In addition, on the lower end of the sampler there was some dual gauge tracks and connection with the Golden Circle mainline up Battle Mountain, and a spur to the Midland Terminal spurs along the mainline below the Portland Mine. On the upper side, I am not sure how extensive the track connections were, but the sampler was just below the M.T. mainline along Battle Mountain so I would assume there was some connections on the upper side of the Sampler as well as on the lower end to both gauges of tracks serving the District.The Eagle Ore Sampling Company.
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My Collection; From page 57 in a 1901 book named Program of Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress.
Media ID: 173
This sadly not good quality view at the Eagle Sampler on Battle Mountain is still an important view as it shows how tiny this structure sort of was, seems to be max two railroad cars in length and I've got used to think of samplers as large structures and here it looks so small!
   In foreground lower right, the small stretch of track seen is the main-line of the 3-foot narrow gauge Golden Circle Railroad, climbing Battle Mtn., and this sampler was located along a branch-line of the Short Line and also connected to the main-line of the Midland Terminal, in addition to a spur from the Golden Circle, making this Sampler a popular one to get work from all railroads in the District!
   Direction of this view is in a northwesterly direction, looking uphill on Battle Mountain, the office is located at the single structure just left of center, and according to a Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from 1900 there was Railroad Scales located on the railroad side of this structure. It would be built upon both the sampler and the office area and area around it by the time the Sanborn people issued its 1908 map, making this image a mix of what is shown in the 1900 and 1908 Fire Insurance Maps.
   I did procure the colored version of the image. Source was gray-toned, or in common speech black & white. Used an online service and tweaked and worked with image to get what looks best to my eyes for the moment.Eagle Sampler on Battle Mountain
Photo by: Andrew James Harlan
My Collection; From page 106 in the 1903 New Year issue of Cripple Creek Times. I did procure the colored version of this image.
Media ID: 469
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Battle Mountain
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          Located on the Zeolite or Zeolyte claim on Battle Mountain, depending on sources. Claim overview map say Zeolite, while Herald Democrat issue of March 21, 1905 said Zeolyte when mention the sampler been sold to F.j. Campbell and associates. Was to be merged with the Rio Grande Sampler, uncertain which one though.