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Strong Mine
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This cropped view of from an early Victor town view, taken from the Independence Shaft House, shows quite a large shaft house of the Strong Mine up on Battle Mountain. I think there has been done some grading for the soon to come F. & C.C. railroad below the mine, it appears to be true when looking at the full view image.Victor Colo. From Independence Shaft House.
Photo by: Andrew James Harlan [1894]
My Collection; Cropped and enhanced it a little as it was somewhat faded.
Media ID: 74
   This view of the East & south side of the Strong Mine is quite a good one to tell how it looked sometime in 1909 when T.J. Hileman took the photo which was the base for this postcard view presented here. Down left is the yard of the F. & C.C. railroad, with its dual gauge tracks connected with the M.T. running passed the Ore-House of the Strong Gold Mining Company. Also, the mainline of the Victor branch of the M.T. is shown entering the scene along the right-hand side, where there is shown most of the side-spur for delivering coal to the powerplant of the Strong Mine for their operations, seen here with a single M.T, boxcar (no. 211) parked on the trestle, while the mainline where passenger trains were running is seen this side of that trestle, dropping downgrade to reach the Depot not seen in this view due to being behind the Strong Mine Ore-house.
   The Ore-House also has an open-air Ore-Bin type of structure to the east, where Gondola & Hopper type of railroad cars was run under to collect dump materials to be used for railroad work I assume. Also shown is the big truss bridge coming out of the Strong Mine Ore-House, extending across the F. & C.C. yard unto another smaller bridge and taking it to a rock-house outside this view which delivered dump ore to Short Line cars to be used as ballast, fill-mass and similar along the lines, from what I have understood it as.
   Just left of the single boxcar at the Coal-room part of the Strong mine, out on the crib-wall part left of the M.T. mainline is seen a small stone structure which Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Victor 1908 (sheet 0) say is the Powder Thawing House.Strong Mine [enhanced]
Photo by: Tomer Jacob Hileman [1909]
My Collection; Postcards, straightened, enhanced & cropped from my 300dpi scan.
Media ID: 263
This view of the East & south side of the Strong Mine is quite a good one to tell how it looked sometime after the early 1920's and before the Midland Terminal got ripped out in the late 1940's. Mine is easily seen with its exposed Head frame and Ore-House in the foreground right, showing mine tracks crossing the Midland Terminal between the Head-Frame and the Ore-House. I found this image helpful to me to understand better how the railroads changed over the years as this view do show how the old narrow-gauge yard of the F. & C.C. has three lines of standard gauge tracks on them, coming down the old Switchback connection passed the Strong Mine Orehouse.
   Sadly, the left side of this view is more blurred then the rest, seen very easily on the higher resolution scans. I can see there are some railroad spurs there, and it looks like there is only a road surface on Diamond Avenue which dates this to be after the street track of the Trolley was ripped out, otherwise I should have been able to get a glimpse of tracks on left-hand edge about 1/3 up from bottom left.A View at the Strong Mine on the Southeastern Part of Victor [enhanced]
Photo by: Unknown
My Collection; Postcards, straightened, enhanced & cropped from my 300dpi scan.
Media ID: 294
Id No. (Mine / 1902 map):
Date Located / Formed:
Battle Mountain / Victor Townsite
Location Map Description:
Discovery / Formed by:
  • Strong Gold Mining Company ()
Fate details:
Owned by:
  • Strong Gold Mining Company
    -> 1893-01-26 [claim Map]
Known claims:
  • Strong lode - 7927
Claim Links:
Location Claim Description:
Patented Date:
Mineral Certificate No.:
General Land Office No.:
Known Transportation Connection:
    Extra Info/Details [Linked at One Time to the Entity]:
    Vertical Shaft & Water Pump
    Known Producing Info:
    September 1900 Completed shipment of a 100 tons of smelting ore
    General notes:
    Location Certificate Without Date. Hence, used Surveyed year as date.
    graphic for visual presentation of text Map is mostly boring. To early for any railroads to show. The Discovery Shaft is near the southern border, with a second Shaft a short distance further north - shown with a Drift in northerly direction. Further north a third Shaft with a Shaft House is drawn in, with a drift in westerly direction. Then some lost ground to another claim along eastern border a bit, before a fourth Shaft is found up in the north, about 3/4 north of the southern border. This shaft would be very near the first loop down towards Victor after crossing the M.T. tracks on the original High Line grade.