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Stratton's Independence No. 1
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This view of the 'still using the railroad' side of the Independence Mine, the old Stratton Independence Mine, is a nice one for the most part but sadly, it is a copy of another source image, so it lacks in the details part and it has issues with not being sharp/clear on the sides.
   Located on the more lower part of Battle Mountain, Independence mine used to have an Ore-House in this area and as we can see, there are also visible left-overs of the Huge Mill complex that also used to be located at this site, seen with all those concrete blocks and such seen poking up of the ground.
   I have a 1965 slide image showing the Headframe and a trestle poking out that match this view quite well even if they are from different angles; from the chute seen about middle top/down and about 1/3 in from right-hand side to the old Tunnel Portal seen almost 1/3 up from bottom and about center sideways.
   In background left top the town of Goldfield can be seen, visible with both the City Hall and the Church who lined Goldfield's Victor Avenue. I also see the huge former Short Line fill in southern Goldfield area, where the cut where trains and Trolleys used to come out from is located about 1/5 down from top and about 1/7 to 1/8 in from right-hand side.
Media Info Last Updated:
10.07.2018 (08:01:31)
Title on Image:
View Ore Dump Trestle Out From Independence Mine, with Goldfield in Background, About 1940's
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This view of the 'still using the railroad' side of the Independence Mine, the old Stratton Independence Mine, is a nice one for the most part but sadly, it is a copy of another source image, so it lacks in the details part and it has issues with not being sharp/clear on the sides.
graphic for visual presentation of text Located on the more lower part of Battle Mountain, Independence mine used to have an Ore-House in this area and as we can see, there are also visible left-overs of the Huge Mill complex that also used to be located at this site, seen with all those concrete blocks and such seen poking up of the ground.
graphic for visual presentation of text I have a 1965 slide image showing the Headframe and a trestle poking out that match this view quite well even if they are from different angles; from the chute seen about middle top/down and about 1/3 in from right-hand side to the old Tunnel Portal seen almost 1/3 up from bottom and about center sideways.
graphic for visual presentation of text In background left top the town of Goldfield can be seen, visible with both the City Hall and the Church who lined Goldfield's Victor Avenue. I also see the huge former Short Line fill in southern Goldfield area, where the cut where trains and Trolleys used to come out from is located about 1/5 down from top and about 1/7 to 1/8 in from right-hand side.
Image Note:
My Collection; Photographs.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03729
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#329]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#329
I think this is from around 1940, but I do not know. There is a car parked below this view at the exposed Huge Head-Frame/Gallows-Frame of the old Stratton Independence Mine on Battle Mountain, outskirts of Victor, Colorado, and that seems to have a License-plate of 43-660 but I can't tell what else it might have written above the numbers, so I can't date the image from that either…
   The whole structure is quite massive, and all in wood it appears! Hard to imagine all this at one time enclosed in a massive Shaft-house type of structure, as I assume this is as it was built inside the structure back in the days. The left most parts, with the various bins I do think is more recent then the headframe itself, but I dare not say anything as this is beyond my knowledge.
Media Info Last Updated:
08.07.2018 (08:48:33)
Title on Image:
View at the Independence Huge Open Head Frame with a Car Parked Below, About 1940's
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
I think this is from around 1940, but I do not know. There is a car parked below this view at the exposed Huge Head-Frame/Gallows-Frame of the old Stratton Independence Mine on Battle Mountain, outskirts of Victor, Colorado, and that seems to have a License-plate of 43-660 but I can't tell what else it might have written above the numbers, so I can't date the image from that either…
graphic for visual presentation of text The whole structure is quite massive, and all in wood it appears! Hard to imagine all this at one time enclosed in a massive Shaft-house type of structure, as I assume this is as it was built inside the structure back in the days. The left most parts, with the various bins I do think is more recent then the headframe itself, but I dare not say anything as this is beyond my knowledge.
Image Note:
My Collection; Photographs.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03734
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#328]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#328
Yet another photograph I suspect is a copy of another source, the sides are rather blurred out and there are lots of dust and shit on the photo itself from a badly cleaned original at time of the copy making.
   The scene is a view towards Battle Mountain, and the Independence Mill and Mine, here named as the Portland Mill indicating this view is from after the Portland Company bought the Independence Mill sometimes before September 1915 – I have not the year that buy happen as it still is in the pile of research materials to go through.
   What I like with this view is that the Independence Shaft House is still here, fully enclosed while the Portland Shafts houses have been opened up to expose the Head-Frame more, also, I find it cool to see the Short Line/High Line Trestle (Bridge No. C, later B) across the old F. & C.C. is still there despite the fact that the tailings pond/dam in the foreground indicates that possible the railroad grade of the old narrow-gauge might be gone by now as it is clearly much higher up then the old grade was.
   In the background the Portland Shafts can be seen with the No. 1 Shaft mostly hiding behind a dump, seen about middle top/down and about 2/5 in from left-hand side; while the old Scranton Shaft-house can be found about half the distance to the right towards the No. 2 Shaft who is looming at top of the hill against the sky about 1/4 in from right-hand side.
   The Scranton is seen with a whole lot of other structures located at about same level as the No. 1 Portland Shaft, and is easy picked out due to the shape of the Roof-line of the Shaft House, having a long slope on the right and a shorter on the left which changes angle further down the roof-slope.
Media Info Last Updated:
28.06.2018 (09:08:24)
Title on Image:
Portland Mine - Mill Victor Colo [Independence Mine, Mill]
Photographer [Date]:
William H. Lehr [aka Bill Lehr]
Description:
Yet another photograph I suspect is a copy of another source, the sides are rather blurred out and there are lots of dust and shit on the photo itself from a badly cleaned original at time of the copy making.
graphic for visual presentation of text The scene is a view towards Battle Mountain, and the Independence Mill and Mine, here named as the Portland Mill indicating this view is from after the Portland Company bought the Independence Mill sometimes before September 1915 – I have not the year that buy happen as it still is in the pile of research materials to go through.
graphic for visual presentation of text What I like with this view is that the Independence Shaft House is still here, fully enclosed while the Portland Shafts houses have been opened up to expose the Head-Frame more, also, I find it cool to see the Short Line/High Line Trestle (Bridge No. C, later B) across the old F. & C.C. is still there despite the fact that the tailings pond/dam in the foreground indicates that possible the railroad grade of the old narrow-gauge might be gone by now as it is clearly much higher up then the old grade was.
graphic for visual presentation of text In the background the Portland Shafts can be seen with the No. 1 Shaft mostly hiding behind a dump, seen about middle top/down and about 2/5 in from left-hand side; while the old Scranton Shaft-house can be found about half the distance to the right towards the No. 2 Shaft who is looming at top of the hill against the sky about 1/4 in from right-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text The Scranton is seen with a whole lot of other structures located at about same level as the No. 1 Portland Shaft, and is easy picked out due to the shape of the Roof-line of the Shaft House, having a long slope on the right and a shorter on the left which changes angle further down the roof-slope.
Image Note:
My Collection; Photographs.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03686
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#321]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#321
A view at the cramped hillside below the Independence Mine, and the Portland Mines, as the space been used for making quite a large mill, with what appears to be a slime dam in the foreground. Seems like this has obliviated the roadbed of both the Golden Circle and the Short Line/High Line railroad beds, but maybe not fully, hard to tell for sure.
   Sadly though, the Portland No. 2 Mine, up in upper right top is way out of focus and not useful at all except for location purposes as the shape of it can be seen between the very blurred view in that area of this postcard view. The Independence Mine has lost its Shaft House and has an open Head-Frame, so that might help date this image, same as with the large mill in the foreground, by time of this image being photographed this mill has been bought by the Portland Company, even though it originally was part of the Independence Operations.
Media Info Last Updated:
19.06.2018 (09:07:48)
Title on Image:
Portland Mine + Mill Cripple Creek Dist
Photographer [Date]:
William H. Lehr [aka Bill Lehr]
Description:
A view at the cramped hillside below the Independence Mine, and the Portland Mines, as the space been used for making quite a large mill, with what appears to be a slime dam in the foreground. Seems like this has obliviated the roadbed of both the Golden Circle and the Short Line/High Line railroad beds, but maybe not fully, hard to tell for sure.
graphic for visual presentation of text Sadly though, the Portland No. 2 Mine, up in upper right top is way out of focus and not useful at all except for location purposes as the shape of it can be seen between the very blurred view in that area of this postcard view. The Independence Mine has lost its Shaft House and has an open Head-Frame, so that might help date this image, same as with the large mill in the foreground, by time of this image being photographed this mill has been bought by the Portland Company, even though it originally was part of the Independence Operations.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03661
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#318]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#318
I felt this was another 'Had To Have' image, so bid accordingly, only to be quite sad when I got it as once again when it comes to photographs from this seller, they appear to be digital printed copies from another source, not real photos from back in time. This is a bad quality view up what I believe is First Street in Victor, towards mines on Battle Mountain, below the Strong Mine and below Victor Avenue which I believe is seem about 2/5 up from bottom about 1/3 in from right-hand side. The view is given the feel so many residences lived with every day, even if sadly the view itself is rather dark and not that sharp in its appearance, lot of fingermarks on the negative this came from.
  * The top of Strong Mine is seen about halfway top/bottom and about 1/3 in from right-hand side. The whitish tower sticks out in the scene, easy to spot.
* Portland No. 2 Mine is seen against the sky behind and left of the Strong, also easy to spot, I think the No. 1 Portland is seen at 4 smokestacks poking up among the dumps seen below and left of the Portland No. 2 – seen about 3/7 in from right-hand side.
* Dillon Mine, of the Granite Company, is seen about halfway up from bottom and nearly 2/5 in from left-hand side. Seen as a dark blob with white text on the side, against dumps and cribbing, above some houses.
* Independence Mine is seen about middle top/down and about 1/17 in from right-hand side, easy to spot due to the many smokestacks almost making a single line.
   Other mines are also visible, but they are so hard to ID properly due to the low quality of the card, so I leave them out, but I see the smokestack of Ajax Mine near left-hand side against the sky, and further to the right the mine poking partly up from dumps might be the Granite or the Dead Pine, I can't tell from this view, so I leave it out.
Media Info Last Updated:
07.06.2018 (09:56:31)
Title on Image:
View Up First Street in Victor, Towards the Strong Mine and Battle Mountain
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
I felt this was another 'Had To Have' image, so bid accordingly, only to be quite sad when I got it as once again when it comes to photographs from this seller, they appear to be digital printed copies from another source, not real photos from back in time. This is a bad quality view up what I believe is First Street in Victor, towards mines on Battle Mountain, below the Strong Mine and below Victor Avenue which I believe is seem about 2/5 up from bottom about 1/3 in from right-hand side. The view is given the feel so many residences lived with every day, even if sadly the view itself is rather dark and not that sharp in its appearance, lot of fingermarks on the negative this came from.
graphic for visual presentation of text * The top of Strong Mine is seen about halfway top/bottom and about 1/3 in from right-hand side. The whitish tower sticks out in the scene, easy to spot.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Portland No. 2 Mine is seen against the sky behind and left of the Strong, also easy to spot, I think the No. 1 Portland is seen at 4 smokestacks poking up among the dumps seen below and left of the Portland No. 2 – seen about 3/7 in from right-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Dillon Mine, of the Granite Company, is seen about halfway up from bottom and nearly 2/5 in from left-hand side. Seen as a dark blob with white text on the side, against dumps and cribbing, above some houses.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Independence Mine is seen about middle top/down and about 1/17 in from right-hand side, easy to spot due to the many smokestacks almost making a single line.
graphic for visual presentation of text Other mines are also visible, but they are so hard to ID properly due to the low quality of the card, so I leave them out, but I see the smokestack of Ajax Mine near left-hand side against the sky, and further to the right the mine poking partly up from dumps might be the Granite or the Dead Pine, I can't tell from this view, so I leave it out.
Image Note:
My Collection; Photographs. Enhanced version of my 300dpi scan.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03636
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#314]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#314
I've seen the base negative photo of this view by time of writing this [12.05.2018] used seven times where 5 is as postcard edition with three of them in type colored/painted while the other two been as B&W postcards, like this one here. I've also seen the view used twice as B&W prints in Postcard Folders, and going from experience, there is at least yet another photo type of this postcard with a better paper quality as this card here is not the best one, dark is just dark, and there is sort of dots in the paper reducing sharpness and ability to enhance the view to bring out details. Also, this is the first card I've seen signed by Skolas where she has put the J through the S in her name, quite cool actually! Dating the view is not easy, but as I've seen a postcard stamped August 1, 1912 the negative must be at least 1 day earlier due to the time it takes to develop and make a postcard out of it.
   For the View itself, this is on lower Battle Mountain where J. Skolas has photographed the huge in area Independence Surface type of Operation with the massive Mill Structures on the left and sideways center part, with the No. 1 Shaft of the Independence Mine itself seen towards the right-hand edge. In front of those structures there are still houses seen, belonging to Workers and so on I assume.
   The railroad lines of the Short Line/High Line and the Golden Circle mainline is seen in the 1/3 bottom part where the Short Line is the lower one, with roads further down should you wonder. Up around the mine itself, about 1/2 up from bottom and about 1/4 in from right-hand side, this is where the Midland Terminal has its tracks and where passenger trains on the Short Line shared tracks in order to reach the M.T. Victor passenger terminal after they started to cooperate using the from then on known as the Union Depot, after 1905, when a connection between the Short Line and the Midland Terminal was made east of Victor, and the M.T. was running on Short Line tracks from a place called Vindicator Junction, but as that is entirely on the High Line route, there must been a connection from someplace at Victor Pass area from the M.T. tracks over unto the Short Line tracks.
Media Info Last Updated:
12.05.2018 (10:00:04)
Title on Image:
Independence Mine and Mill
Photographer [Date]:
Julia Skolas
Description:
I've seen the base negative photo of this view by time of writing this [12.05.2018] used seven times where 5 is as postcard edition with three of them in type colored/painted while the other two been as B&W postcards, like this one here. I've also seen the view used twice as B&W prints in Postcard Folders, and going from experience, there is at least yet another photo type of this postcard with a better paper quality as this card here is not the best one, dark is just dark, and there is sort of dots in the paper reducing sharpness and ability to enhance the view to bring out details. Also, this is the first card I've seen signed by Skolas where she has put the J through the S in her name, quite cool actually! Dating the view is not easy, but as I've seen a postcard stamped August 1, 1912 the negative must be at least 1 day earlier due to the time it takes to develop and make a postcard out of it.
graphic for visual presentation of text For the View itself, this is on lower Battle Mountain where J. Skolas has photographed the huge in area Independence Surface type of Operation with the massive Mill Structures on the left and sideways center part, with the No. 1 Shaft of the Independence Mine itself seen towards the right-hand edge. In front of those structures there are still houses seen, belonging to Workers and so on I assume.
graphic for visual presentation of text The railroad lines of the Short Line/High Line and the Golden Circle mainline is seen in the 1/3 bottom part where the Short Line is the lower one, with roads further down should you wonder. Up around the mine itself, about 1/2 up from bottom and about 1/4 in from right-hand side, this is where the Midland Terminal has its tracks and where passenger trains on the Short Line shared tracks in order to reach the M.T. Victor passenger terminal after they started to cooperate using the from then on known as the Union Depot, after 1905, when a connection between the Short Line and the Midland Terminal was made east of Victor, and the M.T. was running on Short Line tracks from a place called Vindicator Junction, but as that is entirely on the High Line route, there must been a connection from someplace at Victor Pass area from the M.T. tracks over unto the Short Line tracks.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcard [B&W]; Published by H.H.T. Co.; titled 3054. Independence Mine, Cripple Creek District, Colo. - Published in ????.
  • Postcard [Painted]; Unknown Publisher; titled 4158. Independence Mine, Victor, Colorado. [Different crop edition from the others] - Published in ????.
  • Postcard [Painted]; Unknown Publisher; titled 4158. Independence Mine, Victor, Colorado. [Different crop edition from the others] - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03625
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#300]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#300
I think this image is at the eastern end of Spicer Avenue, and that the mine seen with its Head-Frame behind the head of the rider in the foreground is the Fortuna Mine, but I might be off as this been hard to decode fully where it was photographed, might be even further south in Victor.
   In background top right, about 1/10 down from top and about 1/6 in from right-hand side there is seen a trestle type poking into the image, with an Ore-House further to the left, and this is belonging to the Independence Mine, and about same down from top but 1/3 in from right-hand side is the brick structure of the Victor High School seen blocking most of the view to the Shaft House of the Independence Mine.
   Even harder to see is the Strong Mine seen mention on the backside of this card where someone has really not known their town view very well as this is clearly not on neither Victor Avenue nor 7th Street… The Strong Mine upper part of the Shaft House with a small cupola or awning poking out of the roof can be seen behind the wood posts seen near upper left. About 1/6 in from left-hand side and about 1/7 down from the top that part can be plucked out due to the awning/cupola and the window+door+window part making sort of a face on the side facing the photographer – this makes it distinct and easy to pick out.
   Along the top left-half there is seen the massive dumps of the Portland Mines and part of the Crib-wall below the No. 2 Shaft is seen, so yes, the mines really set their feel on town.
Media Info Last Updated:
08.05.2018 (17:39:37)
Title on Image:
A View at a Boy-Scout/Man on a Horse on Hillside Near Eastern End of Spicer Avenue, with Houses, High School, Mines in the Background
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
I think this image is at the eastern end of Spicer Avenue, and that the mine seen with its Head-Frame behind the head of the rider in the foreground is the Fortuna Mine, but I might be off as this been hard to decode fully where it was photographed, might be even further south in Victor.
graphic for visual presentation of text In background top right, about 1/10 down from top and about 1/6 in from right-hand side there is seen a trestle type poking into the image, with an Ore-House further to the left, and this is belonging to the Independence Mine, and about same down from top but 1/3 in from right-hand side is the brick structure of the Victor High School seen blocking most of the view to the Shaft House of the Independence Mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text Even harder to see is the Strong Mine seen mention on the backside of this card where someone has really not known their town view very well as this is clearly not on neither Victor Avenue nor 7th Street… The Strong Mine upper part of the Shaft House with a small cupola or awning poking out of the roof can be seen behind the wood posts seen near upper left. About 1/6 in from left-hand side and about 1/7 down from the top that part can be plucked out due to the awning/cupola and the window+door+window part making sort of a face on the side facing the photographer – this makes it distinct and easy to pick out.
graphic for visual presentation of text Along the top left-half there is seen the massive dumps of the Portland Mines and part of the Crib-wall below the No. 2 Shaft is seen, so yes, the mines really set their feel on town.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03609
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#297]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#297
This view of the large Independence Mine has been a popular one as I've seen it appearing on lots of postcards where there are tiny differences in where the sides been cropped, and that goes for both the B&W card and the ones like these, that has been colored/painted. Also shown up in printed materials and postcard folders.
   The scene shows some Midland Terminal tracks in lower left, passing by and serving the Ore-House with the dark shades up the side of the structure due to the steam train used back then. A map I've seen also indicates that Ore-house to have had 3-rails, as in dual gauge, as to be served by the Golden Circle Railroad also.
   Further into the image, in from right-hand side and about middle top/down there is another Ore-House and the before mention map (page 301 in the 40-Miles to Fortune book by Allen Lewis) also say that this was served by dual gauge track. That map also says that the structure between those before mention ore-houses is a Mill – the one with the twin peaked roofs meeting each other, before going into a third peaked roof 90-degree turned from those two.
   In the background, up against the sky, is the Portland Mine No. 1 seen in from the right-hand side, while about center sideways is the Ajax Mine visible against the sky.
Media Info Last Updated:
13.04.2018 (16:19:42)
Title on Image:
Independence Mine, Cripple Creek District, Colo. [#C. 2007]
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This view of the large Independence Mine has been a popular one as I've seen it appearing on lots of postcards where there are tiny differences in where the sides been cropped, and that goes for both the B&W card and the ones like these, that has been colored/painted. Also shown up in printed materials and postcard folders.
graphic for visual presentation of text The scene shows some Midland Terminal tracks in lower left, passing by and serving the Ore-House with the dark shades up the side of the structure due to the steam train used back then. A map I've seen also indicates that Ore-house to have had 3-rails, as in dual gauge, as to be served by the Golden Circle Railroad also.
graphic for visual presentation of text Further into the image, in from right-hand side and about middle top/down there is another Ore-House and the before mention map (page 301 in the 40-Miles to Fortune book by Allen Lewis) also say that this was served by dual gauge track. That map also says that the structure between those before mention ore-houses is a Mill – the one with the twin peaked roofs meeting each other, before going into a third peaked roof 90-degree turned from those two.
graphic for visual presentation of text In the background, up against the sky, is the Portland Mine No. 1 seen in from the right-hand side, while about center sideways is the Ajax Mine visible against the sky.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03405
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#288]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#288
   Quality wise is this not a good image card with scenes from the Cripple Creek District, but, it still is one among the many hundred scenes used for postcards with links to the District! The two views; the Independence Mine on the left side and an unknown Prospect Shaft on the right-hand side is really showing the span of the reason for the whole District. It could go from right to left – from hoping to hit the jackpot, to actually find it – or it could go the other way, from rich to poor.
   Neither views are that good due to the nature of this printed card, but still I wanted to share it, and possible, one day I learn more about the view on the right-hand side… Till that might happen, I only share as a link the left view, the Independence Mine, as a cropped 600 dpi view on my weblink below.
Media Info Last Updated:
04.04.2018 (12:23:16)
Title on Image:
Independence Mine | Prospect Shaft
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
Quality wise is this not a good image card with scenes from the Cripple Creek District, but, it still is one among the many hundred scenes used for postcards with links to the District! The two views; the Independence Mine on the left side and an unknown Prospect Shaft on the right-hand side is really showing the span of the reason for the whole District. It could go from right to left – from hoping to hit the jackpot, to actually find it – or it could go the other way, from rich to poor.
graphic for visual presentation of text Neither views are that good due to the nature of this printed card, but still I wanted to share it, and possible, one day I learn more about the view on the right-hand side… Till that might happen, I only share as a link the left view, the Independence Mine, as a cropped 600 dpi view on my weblink below.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcard; Published by unknown; titled Independence Mine | Prospect Shaft - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03126
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#277]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#277
This view of Victor is looking north from Straub Mountain area. Photographed in 1911 by the Hileman as the view is credited to. Being this is from a printed card in a small more modern postcard folder it is not the greatest quality, but one gets an idea of the town and the many mines in and around it. In addition, in this view they are marked out, even if there is at least one error in that marking.
* In upper left quadrangle is the Portland No. 1 & No. 2 marked out, but the location of the No. 2 shaft of the Portland is NOT where this image gives it! Portland No. 2 shaft is in this view above the No. 1 shaft, seen a little left of the center of this view sideways. No. 2 Shaft of Portland is seen against the sky with No. 1 just below it, with the huge dumps where No.1 is written. The Granite, original shaft, is located where this card has written the No.2 text.
* Just behind and left of the huge smokestack of the Gold Coin shaft, marked in this view as Granite, is the main shaft of the Dead Pine. The dump is much easier seen then the mine itself.
Media Info Last Updated:
03.04.2018 (09:54:16)
Title on Image:
#11-11; Victor, Colorado - "The City of Mines" (Early 1900's)
Photographer [Date]:
Tomer Jacob Hileman [1911]
Description:
This view of Victor is looking north from Straub Mountain area. Photographed in 1911 by the Hileman as the view is credited to. Being this is from a printed card in a small more modern postcard folder it is not the greatest quality, but one gets an idea of the town and the many mines in and around it. In addition, in this view they are marked out, even if there is at least one error in that marking.
graphic for visual presentation of text* In upper left quadrangle is the Portland No. 1 & No. 2 marked out, but the location of the No. 2 shaft of the Portland is NOT where this image gives it! Portland No. 2 shaft is in this view above the No. 1 shaft, seen a little left of the center of this view sideways. No. 2 Shaft of Portland is seen against the sky with No. 1 just below it, with the huge dumps where No.1 is written. The Granite, original shaft, is located where this card has written the No.2 text.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Just behind and left of the huge smokestack of the Gold Coin shaft, marked in this view as Granite, is the main shaft of the Dead Pine. The dump is much easier seen then the mine itself.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards/Postcard Album.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcard; Unknown Publisher; titled Victor, Colorado - "The City of Mines" (Early 1900's) - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-00307
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#162]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#162
This view of Victor is looking north from Straub Mountain area. Photographed in 1909 by the H. & H. Studio in Cripple Creek, it was taken by either Hileman or Hill, impossible to tell for sure as the view is credited to them both. Being this is from a printed card in a small more modern postcard folder it is not the greatest quality, but one gets an idea of the town and the many mines in and around it.
* Gold Coin, here marked as Granite Mine on the south facing ore-house, is seen about middle top/down and about 1/5 in from left-hand side.
* Just behind the huge smokestack of the Gold Coin is the main shaft of the Dead Pine, named Oliver Shaft for some reason. The dump is much easier seen then the mine itself.
* Straight up from the Gold Coin smokestack, in the distance; against the sky; sticking up from the hill, is the shaft-house of the American Eagle.
* The Ajax Mine is about 1/4 down from top left, about 1/6 on from left-hand side.
* Further to the right of the Ajax would been upper shaft of the Dead Pine, the Granite (original shaft/mine) – seen about 1/3 in from left-hand side – and the Burns (main) shaft of the Portland mines, with the Portland No. 2 seen just off to the right for the center of the upper quarter in this view.
* Towards the right-hand side is seen the Strong Mine, about half top/down and 2/3 in from the left-hand side.
* The Independence Mine is just right of the Strong mine, seen with its huge dumps and structures.
* The Vindicator Mine, shaft 1, is seen above the Independence mine, about 1/3 down from top.
Media Info Last Updated:
03.04.2018 (09:40:47)
Title on Image:
#11-9; Victor, Colorado - "The City Of Mines"
Photographer [Date]:
H. & H. Studio [Hileman & Hill] [1909]
Description:
This view of Victor is looking north from Straub Mountain area. Photographed in 1909 by the H. & H. Studio in Cripple Creek, it was taken by either Hileman or Hill, impossible to tell for sure as the view is credited to them both. Being this is from a printed card in a small more modern postcard folder it is not the greatest quality, but one gets an idea of the town and the many mines in and around it.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Gold Coin, here marked as Granite Mine on the south facing ore-house, is seen about middle top/down and about 1/5 in from left-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Just behind the huge smokestack of the Gold Coin is the main shaft of the Dead Pine, named Oliver Shaft for some reason. The dump is much easier seen then the mine itself.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Straight up from the Gold Coin smokestack, in the distance; against the sky; sticking up from the hill, is the shaft-house of the American Eagle.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Ajax Mine is about 1/4 down from top left, about 1/6 on from left-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Further to the right of the Ajax would been upper shaft of the Dead Pine, the Granite (original shaft/mine) – seen about 1/3 in from left-hand side – and the Burns (main) shaft of the Portland mines, with the Portland No. 2 seen just off to the right for the center of the upper quarter in this view.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Towards the right-hand side is seen the Strong Mine, about half top/down and 2/3 in from the left-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Independence Mine is just right of the Strong mine, seen with its huge dumps and structures.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Vindicator Mine, shaft 1, is seen above the Independence mine, about 1/3 down from top.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards/Postcard Album.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcard; Unknown Publisher; titled Victor, Colorado - "The City Of Mines" - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-00305
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#160]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#160
This is an overview of some of the famous mines, making Victor, Colorado, ''The City of Mines''.
   Battle Mountain where some of the mines are nicely marked out. The strong Mine is seen just below middle top/down and just left of the Word ''AJAX'' on the left side of this view. The Independence is see sort of in the foreground with massive dump piles extending towards the photographer, while the Portland mines dumps fill the upper part of Battle Mountain on the top right part of the view.
   Town of Victor is partly seen in lower left, while the Ajax Mine is nicely marked out but still hiding behind some pretty massive big dumps on the upper left part of this view.
Media Info Last Updated:
19.08.2017 (22:57:44)
Title on Image:
TERMINUS of the Carlton Drainage Tunnel under Portland No. 2 Shaft. Other famous producers on Battle Mountain, Cripple Creek Mining District.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This is an overview of some of the famous mines, making Victor, Colorado, ''The City of Mines''.
graphic for visual presentation of text Battle Mountain where some of the mines are nicely marked out. The strong Mine is seen just below middle top/down and just left of the Word ''AJAX'' on the left side of this view. The Independence is see sort of in the foreground with massive dump piles extending towards the photographer, while the Portland mines dumps fill the upper part of Battle Mountain on the top right part of the view.
graphic for visual presentation of text Town of Victor is partly seen in lower left, while the Ajax Mine is nicely marked out but still hiding behind some pretty massive big dumps on the upper left part of this view.
Image Note:
My Collection; From page 21 in the 1941 Annual Report of the Golden Cycle Corporation; from a 300dpi scan.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 21; The Golden Cycle Corporation: Annual Report to Stockholders - December 31, 1941 - Published in 1942.
  • Page 22; The Golden Cycle Corporation: Annual Report to Stockholders - December 31, 1939 - Published in 1939.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01612
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#240]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#240
Card has a bad curve to it making it a little bit hard to scan as it will not lay flat, also it has a somewhat faded look, but I have enhanced it a little and use that copy here. No info given about the occasion for this people gathering. Some handwriting on the backside but that is done years later as it gave wrong info about what is in this scene in terms of mines seen. Near impossible to scan readable as I need to twist the card against the light to be able to read it by eye on card itself, and some is so faded I can't make it out against the dark card backing.
* Scene is at the F. & C.C. Depot Grounds in Victor, roof of the Depot is seen on left-hand side, and that gives this to be the newer depot, the one from after the 1899 City fire. To the right-hand side of the depot/image part is seen a prospect type of operation, as there is seen one head frame and one structure hiding behind the Denver & Rio Grande Passenger Cars making up the passenger train part of this view, as far as I can tell they are part of the Mary Cashen Mine operation, before they made the huge dump behind a large crib-wall seen in many Victor views. At first I thought this was an early view due to the headframes seen, but have realized it is possible into 1900 or maybe a year or two later into the century.
* The Mine seen with its Head Frame towards the photographer, on the dump near middle top, is one that puzzles me as I can't fully make out if it is on the W.C. Dillon or on the Strong claims. It seems to be a small operation, with a hoist house behind it, seen in many views of this area, and I have started to think it is a smaller shaft of the Dillon mine, but might very well be a totally different mine at all.
* Near upper right-hand corner is the trestle out from the Coalbins House of the Independence No. 1 Shaft structures seen, with the main structures of the mine behind the trestle and dump seen.
Media Info Last Updated:
28.05.2017 (20:44:10)
Title on Image:
Scene at the Victor F. & C.C. Depot Area with a Passenger Train and Lot of People
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
Card has a bad curve to it making it a little bit hard to scan as it will not lay flat, also it has a somewhat faded look, but I have enhanced it a little and use that copy here. No info given about the occasion for this people gathering. Some handwriting on the backside but that is done years later as it gave wrong info about what is in this scene in terms of mines seen. Near impossible to scan readable as I need to twist the card against the light to be able to read it by eye on card itself, and some is so faded I can't make it out against the dark card backing.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Scene is at the F. & C.C. Depot Grounds in Victor, roof of the Depot is seen on left-hand side, and that gives this to be the newer depot, the one from after the 1899 City fire. To the right-hand side of the depot/image part is seen a prospect type of operation, as there is seen one head frame and one structure hiding behind the Denver & Rio Grande Passenger Cars making up the passenger train part of this view, as far as I can tell they are part of the Mary Cashen Mine operation, before they made the huge dump behind a large crib-wall seen in many Victor views. At first I thought this was an early view due to the headframes seen, but have realized it is possible into 1900 or maybe a year or two later into the century.
graphic for visual presentation of text* The Mine seen with its Head Frame towards the photographer, on the dump near middle top, is one that puzzles me as I can't fully make out if it is on the W.C. Dillon or on the Strong claims. It seems to be a small operation, with a hoist house behind it, seen in many views of this area, and I have started to think it is a smaller shaft of the Dillon mine, but might very well be a totally different mine at all.
graphic for visual presentation of text* Near upper right-hand corner is the trestle out from the Coalbins House of the Independence No. 1 Shaft structures seen, with the main structures of the mine behind the trestle and dump seen.
Image Note:
My Collection; Stereoviews.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
S-00243
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#191]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#191
This long distance shot of the Independence No. 1 shaft structures, is from a time before they built their massive mill in the area in the foreground, but after an experimental mill/ore-house was built at the end of the long-covered trestle seen in this view from what I've been able to gather.
The tracks in the foreground is part of the Golden Circle trackage, but some further up the hill is the dual gauge tracks of the Golden Circle and the Midland Terminal tracks as they both served the ore-houses of this mine, both close by the main structures and at the large mill/ore-house almost at center of this view.
Media Info Last Updated:
26.05.2017 (18:02:53)
Title on Image:
Stratton's Independence, Limited.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This long distance shot of the Independence No. 1 shaft structures, is from a time before they built their massive mill in the area in the foreground, but after an experimental mill/ore-house was built at the end of the long-covered trestle seen in this view from what I've been able to gather.
graphic for visual presentation of textThe tracks in the foreground is part of the Golden Circle trackage, but some further up the hill is the dual gauge tracks of the Golden Circle and the Midland Terminal tracks as they both served the ore-houses of this mine, both close by the main structures and at the large mill/ore-house almost at center of this view.
Image Note:
My Collection; From page 53 in a 1901 book named Program of Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 53; Program of Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress - Cripple Creek, Colorado, July 16, 17, 18, 19, 1901 - Published in 1901.
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01355
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#172]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#172
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Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (12:46:35)
Title on Image:
Gold Coin Mine, Victor, Colorado
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
View is said to be about 1896, and to be of the Gold Coin mine headframe in Victor, Colorado. In the background center one can see the large Shaft House and supporting structures of the Independence Mine, and in foreground left-hand part of the image, is the roof tops of the Victor Public Sampler, or the Public Sampling Works or just Victor Sampler, as I also seen it be named as. Check the link to the PPLD site for a zoomable and quite good view at this photo!
Image Note:

Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01189
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#159]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#159
This image here is a sad chapter in my collection. I was so happy when I bought it through eBay in April 2010, listing said it was a "gorgeous glass photograph", titled " Portland Mill, Victor, Colorado.", and made in 1916 for Kansas City Public Schools Department Visual Instruction. Listing went on to state " This piece is in excellent condition and has NO cracks, breaks or damage I can detect.  This is awesome and perfect for any photo collection."
And then the seller put it into a normal envelope, and shipped to Norway without any bubble wrapping or anything, and result is seen here, a broken piece of history, not that useful. Can be used to say this is the view as it was by 1916, but no details really, a real, real sad story!
Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (11:52:56)
Title on Image:
Portland Mill, Victor, Colorado 1916
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This image here is a sad chapter in my collection. I was so happy when I bought it through eBay in April 2010, listing said it was a "gorgeous glass photograph", titled " Portland Mill, Victor, Colorado.", and made in 1916 for Kansas City Public Schools Department Visual Instruction. Listing went on to state " This piece is in excellent condition and has NO cracks, breaks or damage I can detect. This is awesome and perfect for any photo collection."
graphic for visual presentation of textAnd then the seller put it into a normal envelope, and shipped to Norway without any bubble wrapping or anything, and result is seen here, a broken piece of history, not that useful. Can be used to say this is the view as it was by 1916, but no details really, a real, real sad story!
Image Note:
My Collection; Magic Lanterns. Cropped 600dpi view without the frame as it came broken in the mail...
Source ID, My Collection:
G-00012
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#138]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#138
This long distance shot of the large complex known as the Independence Mine is taking looking west with Squaw Mountain background right. In the foreground bottom is the trackage of the Golden Circle with a large string of boxcars set out on a spur. About 1/3 from bottom and from right towards left is the location of the Midland Terminal trackage that was later connected with the Short Line trackage that might be running at the bottom of this view, outside the view I would then presume.
   There is many structures and ore-houses at this mine, the one furthest to the left, attached with a long-covered trestle, was also an experimental mill I think.
Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (11:48:49)
Title on Image:
The Great Independence Mine Sold in England for $11,000,000.
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
This long distance shot of the large complex known as the Independence Mine is taking looking west with Squaw Mountain background right. In the foreground bottom is the trackage of the Golden Circle with a large string of boxcars set out on a spur. About 1/3 from bottom and from right towards left is the location of the Midland Terminal trackage that was later connected with the Short Line trackage that might be running at the bottom of this view, outside the view I would then presume.
graphic for visual presentation of text There is many structures and ore-houses at this mine, the one furthest to the left, attached with a long-covered trestle, was also an experimental mill I think.
Image Note:
My Collection; View is from page 5 in the July 1902 edition of the Official Guide to Cripple Creek District.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 5; Official Guide to Cripple Creek District, July 1902 (Vol. 1, No. 2) - Published in 1902.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-00033
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#89]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#89
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Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (11:47:50)
Title on Image:
East Victor Showing Strong, Independence, Portland and Anna Lee Mines
Photographer [Date]:
Andrew James Harlan
Description:
This view is an early one of mines on Battle Mountain as there are hardly any mines to see, and, there is no sight of the yet to come grading of the M.T. railroad.
graphic for visual presentation of textThere is a large X marking the site of the Old Independence Mine where one see the ore-house just right of the X. The ore-house is in front of the shaft house, and partly hiding the western part of the shaft house.
graphic for visual presentation of textFurther up right is seen the well-known Independence Mine, which is under construction or repairs as there is scaffolding along the walls. I think it is just recently been built.
graphic for visual presentation of textBelow the Old Independence, just under the large X, there is a large structure that looks like some sort of a storage hall, yet to figure out what that is as of 25.01.2017.
graphic for visual presentation of textFurther up the hill behind and right of the large shaft house of the Independence there are seen the early beginnings of several mines seen on my ID: I-01171 (DPL Call Number: X-62585, by Hook), with the early Portland mine (with a trestle poking out of a large black door opening) and the Anna Lee mines further up the hill against the sky, the easiest seen mine structures.
graphic for visual presentation of textI have a hard time finding the Independence No. 2 in this scene, it should be just below the Portland but it seems not to be there. Possible the structure one early Sanborn Fire Insurance map calls Independence No. 4 is one of those two structures seen about half-way between the large Independence and the Portland. There appears to be a horse just below the left-most one of the two seen her, and which is also a structure that is seen in the before mention DPL view by Hook. The right-most is gone in that Hook photo, only leaving a dump.
graphic for visual presentation of textThe Bob-Tail, Lowell, Granite and similar mines are only seen as small dumps and some small shed like structures on the hillside.
graphic for visual presentation of textI would guess this to a be a late 1893, early 1894 image, but I can't tell for sure except there is dots of snow on the ground so it is in the winter part of the year. The M.T. tracks reached Portland Mine by December 1894, but as I see no sign of any grading here, I am pretty certain this view is from winter 1893/1894.
Image Note:

Copyright Notice:
Copyright restrictions applying to use or reproduction of this image available from the Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, at photosales@denverlibrary.org.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-00439
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#86]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#86
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Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (11:42:03)
Title on Image:
Independence and Portland Mines, Battle Mountain, Cripple Creek Mining District
Photographer [Date]:
William Edward Hook
Description:
This view shows several of the earlier mines on Battle Mountain, looking in a westerly direction.
graphic for visual presentation of text We see near left-hand side and about 1/3 from top-left the East and partly south side of the Old Independence Mine, with the ore-house in front of the shaft house, and partly hiding the west most part of it.
graphic for visual presentation of text Further up the hill to right is seen the well-known Independence Mine (No. 1) with its large Shaft House.
graphic for visual presentation of text If we go left about 1/3 from right-hand side, and about 1/4 down from top we see the large Shaft House of the Independence No. 2 shaft, with the M.T. railroad in front of it and not the greatest dump there yet. This makes this view earlier than a H.S. Poley view (My ID I-01172) which is dated around 1895, early 1896.
graphic for visual presentation of text Further up the hill is seen several shaft houses that shall disappear as the Portland Mine expand and engulf several of them, and in this view the larger ore-house seen in the before mention Poley view, which I have thought of as part of the Portland mine, that is no-where here to be seen below the shaft house of the Bob-Tail mine which is the structure at left of the Independence No. 2 where a single smokestack is poking up near end of the long sloping roof on the right side.
graphic for visual presentation of text A little left and downhill a tiny bit and more west is the smaller Shaft House of the Lowell Mine.
graphic for visual presentation of text Just above the Independence No. 2 is the original Portland Mine, just behind the smokestack of the Independence.
graphic for visual presentation of text The Black Diamond is located just left of the Portland mine, hard to see even in the 100% view of this photo. Hiding mostly also behind the Independence No. 2.
graphic for visual presentation of text Above the Portland and to the right, near the top is the Anna Lee mine, with a small ore-house in front and a smokestack seems to be located outside the shaft house itself, or at least at the lowest end of the long roof.
graphic for visual presentation of text Below the Anna Lee is seen the Scranton shaft, with its shaft house extended to make a different slope on the short roof side.
Image Note:

Copyright Notice:
Copyright restrictions applying to use or reproduction of this image available from the Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, at photosales@denverlibrary.org.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-01171
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#84]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#84
This view looking in direction of east is showing the large surface structures of the Independence Mine (No. 1 shaft) on the left-hand side and the smaller original shaft house and ore-bin of the Old Independence Mine on the right-hand side, ore-house is only partly seen, being cut off in the view from the 1896 book, while the DPL view has some more of it.
In just a year or so this scene would have changed very and the old shaft house will be gone forever and in that location a small mill – at first – shall be erected, and later a large ore-house and mill will fill that space and also further east and north.
Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (11:41:23)
Title on Image:
BATTLE MOUNTAIN. The Independence Mine & Old Independence Mine | Stratton's Famous Independence Mine at Victor.
Photographer [Date]:
Horace Swartley Poley [1895]
Description:
This view looking in direction of east is showing the large surface structures of the Independence Mine (No. 1 shaft) on the left-hand side and the smaller original shaft house and ore-bin of the Old Independence Mine on the right-hand side, ore-house is only partly seen, being cut off in the view from the 1896 book, while the DPL view has some more of it.
graphic for visual presentation of textIn just a year or so this scene would have changed very and the old shaft house will be gone forever and in that location a small mill – at first – shall be erected, and later a large ore-house and mill will fill that space and also further east and north.
Image Note:
My Collection; From page 40 in the 1895/1896 book Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Illustrated by Warren and Stride.
Copyright Notice:
Copyright restrictions applying to use or reproduction of this image available from the Western History and Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, at photosales@denverlibrary.org.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Page 40; Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Illustrated; published in 1896 by Warren & Stride. - Published in 1896.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
I-00244
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#82]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#82
This view is a little bit complicated to decode as there are many mines seen, but I do my best, and to help me out a little I have taken the view from DPL and started to mark out mines and blurred the rest as I am not able to show the view as it cost money to do it correct way as per info on their site. I just think what I've done here should be allowed as I am really helping them out so to speak.
Lowest marked on the hill is the Old Independence Mine, below the easy recognized Independence No. 1 Shaft House about middle of image.
Near the right-hand side there is six mine, not all that easy to see but use the DPL view and go for 100% or 200%view and it gets easier. I have marked out the Bob-Tail (aka Bobtail No. 2) Mine where it is hiding behind the newly built/under construction ore-house of the Portland No 1 mine (aka Burns Shaft). This shaft was set as near as possible to the center of the most productive portion of the Portland Gold Mining Co.'s ground. The Burns Shaft was commenced on the first of April 1895 as per the Feb. 3, 1896 Annual Report.
Just below the Portland mine is the large shaft house, and dump in front of it, of the Independence No. 2 mine. I've not been able to locate for certain the location of the Independence No. 4 shaft house. The mainline of the M.T. passes between the shaft house and the dump of the Independence No. 2 mine, and if memory serve me right, the ore-house is on the dump side of the tracks.
Above the Independence No. 2 and to the right of the Burns Shaft, the location of the original Portland shaft is also marked out, but I have a hard time seeing details there, as in that same area should be the shaft house and ore-house of the Black Diamond mine. In a few years, all this is changed drastic as there will be railroad grades, structures and dumps in that area fully erasing all traces of the start of the great Portland mine.
Further up the hill, near top and right-hand side of the image is the Anna Lee mine which suffered a dramatic cave-in in early January 1896 killing 8 men and possible ruined the shaft house as I think the whole shaft collapsed – but as of 26.01.2017 I've not been able to confirm that thought.
Below the Anna Lee is the Scranton Shaft/Mine, a large shaft house that stands for many years and can be seen in many images showing the Portland Mine operations.
Squaw Mountain is the hill at left-hand side and the mines seen/marked here is all on Battle Mountain.
Media Info Last Updated:
25.02.2017 (11:37:31)
Title on Image:
The Independence Mine
Photographer [Date]:
Horace Swartley Poley [1895]
Description:
This view is a little bit complicated to decode as there are many mines seen, but I do my best, and to help me out a little I have taken the view from DPL and started to mark out mines and blurred the rest as I am not able to show the view as it cost money to do it correct way as per info on their site. I just think what I've done here should be allowed as I am really helping them out so to speak.
graphic for visual presentation of textLowest marked on the hill is the Old Independence Mine, below the easy recognized Independence No. 1 Shaft House about middle of image.
graphic for visual presentation of textNear the right-hand side there is six mine, not all that easy to see but use the DPL view and go for 100% or 200%view and it gets easier. I have marked out the Bob-Tail (aka Bobtail No. 2) Mine where it is hiding behind the newly built/under construction ore-house of the Portland No 1 mine (aka Burns Shaft). This shaft was set as near as possible to the center of the most productive portion of the Portland Gold Mining Co.'s ground. The Burns Shaft was commenced on the first of April 1895 as per the Feb. 3, 1896 Annual Report.
graphic for visual presentation of textJust below the Portland mine is the large shaft house, and dump in front of it, of the Independence No. 2 mine. I've not been able to locate for certain the location of the Independence No. 4 shaft house. The mainline of the M.T. passes between the shaft house and the dump of the Independence No. 2 mine, and if memory serve me right, the ore-house is on the dump side of the tracks.
graphic for visual presentation of textAbove the Independence No. 2 and to the right of the Burns Shaft, the location of the original Portland shaft is also marked out, but I have a hard time seeing details there, as in that same area should be the shaft house and ore-house of the Black Diamond mine. In a few years, all this is changed drastic as there will be railroad grades, structures and dumps in that area fully erasing all traces of the start of the great Portland mine.
graphic for visual presentation of textFurther up the hill, near top and right-hand side of the image is the Anna Lee mine which suffered a dramatic cave-in in early January 1896 killing 8 men and possible ruined the shaft house as I think the whole shaft collapsed – but as of 26.01.2017 I've not been able to confirm that thought.
graphic for visual presentation of textBelow the Anna Lee is the Scranton Shaft/Mine, a large shaft house that stands for many years and can be seen in many images showing the Portland Mine operations.
graphic for visual presentation of textSquaw Mountain is the hill at left-hand side and the mines seen/marked here is all on Battle Mountain.
Image Note:
Copy of DPL image Z-6852 - marked the known mines, blurred the rest.
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Source ID, My Collection:
I-01172
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#80]
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Here is a view of the western side of the old Gold Coin Mine, the one that burned in 1899. The ore-house is marked as "The Gold Coin M. & L. Co.", and while the southernmost part of the ore-house is missing in the view, I still have a pretty nice look at the old wood built mine. This particular view came with a hefty price-tag but such is life.
   There is also a hoist house and head frame in front of the Gold Coin crib-wall but I am not able to identify which mine at this point in time [21.02.2017]. Seen sort of as an extension to the shaft house of the Gold Coin in a line towards the photographer.
   To the left of the Gold Coin mine is seen the smaller shaft house and structures of the Strong mine, appearing below the dump of the Independence mine which is seen at about middle top/down at the left-hand side.
   Below the Independence, still on the left-hand side, there is another small mine operation of unknown mine to me, with a whitish house seen closer to the Independence, sticking out on the right side of the unknown small mine operation.
   Near left-hand side, about 1/3 up from bottom, is the Victor Public Sampler structure seen, has a cupola on its roof, and smoke is coming out of a went near end of the roof at right.
   In addition to all this, there are homes, houses, even a tent home built high up on some log walls seen in this view.
Media Info Last Updated:
23.02.2017 (14:15:12)
Title on Image:
#27 - Group Mines in Victor, Colo
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
Here is a view of the western side of the old Gold Coin Mine, the one that burned in 1899. The ore-house is marked as "The Gold Coin M. & L. Co.", and while the southernmost part of the ore-house is missing in the view, I still have a pretty nice look at the old wood built mine. This particular view came with a hefty price-tag but such is life.
graphic for visual presentation of text There is also a hoist house and head frame in front of the Gold Coin crib-wall but I am not able to identify which mine at this point in time [21.02.2017]. Seen sort of as an extension to the shaft house of the Gold Coin in a line towards the photographer.
graphic for visual presentation of text To the left of the Gold Coin mine is seen the smaller shaft house and structures of the Strong mine, appearing below the dump of the Independence mine which is seen at about middle top/down at the left-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text Below the Independence, still on the left-hand side, there is another small mine operation of unknown mine to me, with a whitish house seen closer to the Independence, sticking out on the right side of the unknown small mine operation.
graphic for visual presentation of text Near left-hand side, about 1/3 up from bottom, is the Victor Public Sampler structure seen, has a cupola on its roof, and smoke is coming out of a went near end of the roof at right.
graphic for visual presentation of text In addition to all this, there are homes, houses, even a tent home built high up on some log walls seen in this view.
Image Note:
My Collection; Stereoviews
Source ID, My Collection:
S-00085
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#134]
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