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Climax Mine
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   This is a view of the south slope of Squaw Mountain, showing early mine operations on at least 3 claims, where the Climax mine is among those. The mine in the foreground I think is known as Climax No. 2 as it is located on the Climax No. 2 lode, which was below Climax No. 1 lode. The Santa Rita lode cuts through the former mention claims, but which of the mine operations is on that claim is hard to make out.
   About 1/4 from the top there is a railroad grade, which I think is the F. & C.C. grade. Further up, about half-way to the top of the image I think the M.T. roadbed is seen on the right-hand side of this view.
   Between the two railroad grades, when looking at the DPL view, I see about 1/6 from right-hand side and same from top, what appears to be a adit opening and a small dump is seen in front of it among the trees. This do not show up on either the Climax or Santa Rita claim maps. There is a shaft mention on the Climax maps, inside the ground that is part of the Santa Rita claim, it might be that. This due to the photo shows a second dump and a small open single slope shed a little more to the left and further down the hill, above the lower railroad grade, and that shed/dump fits as the Discovery shaft on the Santa Rita claim map.
   But, from below the railroad grade, nothing fits the known claim maps, as there should be a Tunnel with a Tunnel House and an ore bin in that area for the Climax lodes, and nothing like that is seen in this view. Of course, they can be gone be the time this view was made, or possible it is outside the view, I do not know, all I know is that this view is marked as showing the Santa Rita and the Climax No. 2 mines in an 1896 book.Climax, Santa Rita & Climax No. 2 on Squaw Mountain
Photo by: Horace Swartley Poley
From page 36 in the 1895/1896 book Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Illustrated by Warren and Stride.
Media ID: 38
This view on the south slope of Squaw Mountain, is a cropped view of a larger one showing early mine operations on at least 3 claims, where the Climax mine is among those. The head frame mine I think is known as Climax No. 2 as that name is mention as part of the title to the full image in an 1896 book.Climax, Santa Rita & Climax No. 2 on Squaw Mountain
Photo by: Horace Swartley Poley
Cropped view from page 36 in the 1895/1896 book Cripple Creek and Colorado Springs Illustrated by Warren and Stride.
Media ID: 39
Climax Mine - Sur. No. 8153
My Collection; Claim map with Rails laid on top, based on the 1902 claims overview map I have.
Media ID: 211
Id No. (Mine / 1902 map):
284
Type:
Mine
Date Located / Formed:
06.10.1892
Location:
Squaw Mountain - South Slope
Location Map Description:
Discovery / Formed by:
    Status:
    Unknown
    Fate details:
    Owned by:
      Known claims:
      • Climax No. 1 lode - 8153
      • Climax No. 2 lode - 8153
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      Location Claim Description:
      Patented Date:
      Mineral Certificate No.:
      0
      General Land Office No.:
      0
      Known Transportation Connection:
        Extra Info/Details [Linked at One Time to the Entity]:
        Vertical Shaft & Adit/Tunnel
        Known Producing Info:
        General notes:
        As this mine on my 1902/1903 topographic map is named as Climax and there are two claims here with that name in them and they share same Survey Number, I just assume that this mine is linked to both of the claims. Just which shaft or tunnel they mean when talking about the Climax, I am not sure, as with the two claims there are many workings, like the Tunnel north on Climax No. 2 claim, or a shaft further south - which I think is pictured in a photo used in a 1896 book, and shown here as Picture 1.
        graphic for visual presentation of text Of course it might also be a shaft not seen on the claim maps, or one up north on Climax No. 1 claim, or a combination, that, I can not tell from any maps I have access to per February 2015, it might change in the future..
        graphic for visual presentation of text What I can say is that the above mention photo, taken by H.S. Poley showing a head frame and part of a hoist house in near foreground, with the F. & C.C. grade up on the hill and the M.T. even further up the hill, when comparing that to the claim map showing Climax Nos. 1 & 2 and add inn the railroad lines from my 1902 claims overview map, things got much clearer on that photo.
        graphic for visual presentation of text I've always assumed the Santa Rita was the head frame mine in the foreground, but I now understand that it might be on of the more southern shafts seen on the Climax No. 2 claim, or maybe a new one not shown on the maps. I'm pretty sure the Santa Rita mention is the small workings seen just below the F. & C.C fill about 1/3 down from the top, including the discovery shaft of the Santa Rita seen above the roadbed with a small roof over it self as seen on a zoomed in view at the DPL image.
        graphic for visual presentation of text If that is true, I see the southern most shaft marked on Climax No. 1 just above the Santa Rita discovery shaft to the right (on the DPL photo) but it also appears to be some sort of a tunnel cover there which making me wonder, if this is workings from another claim possible?
        graphic for visual presentation of text Either way, it is not a perfect match these maps to that photo, but at least I now know, the foreground head frame mine is not the Santa Rita, but most likely a Climax mine, from the lower part of the Climax No. 2 claim. Or it can be below the Climax claim, but I doubt that.