My Known Images:
Independence Mill [aka Portland Independence Mill in Later Years]
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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
Sadly, not the best quality view, blurred, possible due to the copy nature of this view? The view itself is from the Slime Dam below/east of the Independence Mill, possible by time this view was made, also known as the Portland-Independence Mill – can't tell for sure as I have no date on this view. It is looking up the valley where Wilson Creek ran, Bull Hill/Cliffs in distant background.
   * The covered Head-Frame of the Vindicator No. 1 Mine appears to be visible about center sideways and about 2/5 down from the top.
   * Smokestack of the La Bella Powerplant Structure is also seen, just left and below of the before mentioned Vindicator.
   * The Black Sampler, or Cripple Creek Sampler upon Victor Pass is seen about 2/5 down from the top and about 3/7 in from the right-hand side.
   * The Eagle Sampler is seen also about 2/5 down from the top and about 1/4 in from left-hand side, seen as a whitish structure against the background hill.
Media Info Last Updated:
22.05.2018 (09:03:58)
Title on Image:
A View at the Slime Dam East of the Independence Mill, with Bull Hill/Bull Cliffs in the Distance
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
Sadly, not the best quality view, blurred, possible due to the copy nature of this view? The view itself is from the Slime Dam below/east of the Independence Mill, possible by time this view was made, also known as the Portland-Independence Mill – can't tell for sure as I have no date on this view. It is looking up the valley where Wilson Creek ran, Bull Hill/Cliffs in distant background.
graphic for visual presentation of text * The covered Head-Frame of the Vindicator No. 1 Mine appears to be visible about center sideways and about 2/5 down from the top.
graphic for visual presentation of text * Smokestack of the La Bella Powerplant Structure is also seen, just left and below of the before mentioned Vindicator.
graphic for visual presentation of text * The Black Sampler, or Cripple Creek Sampler upon Victor Pass is seen about 2/5 down from the top and about 3/7 in from the right-hand side.
graphic for visual presentation of text * The Eagle Sampler is seen also about 2/5 down from the top and about 1/4 in from left-hand side, seen as a whitish structure against the background hill.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03640
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#307]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#307
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
Dating this image of the Independence/Portland Independence Mill is not the easiest part, according to my husband the automobile seen is one from the 1920's due to its shape he said, and Sanborn 1919 map fits the railroad track quite well, so I would assume this is in middle to late 1920's. The track in the foreground still has trolley poles and hangers along the line, but the Golden Circle tracks is gone and only the roadbed is seen, with a switch from the High Line/Short Line roadbed up to a piece of the old Golden Circle roadbed, and then it will turn away to serve some part of the mill outside the view at left, according to the Sanborn map on Sheet 9 of the Victor 1919 set.
The Trolley system in the District suffered a major fire in the Cripple Creek barn in 1919 and closed its operation that year, but that do not mean all poles, wires etc., was removed at once, hence not that useful to date with. But, I also see that the High Line was abandon in 1923, making this possible to be around that time frame. Info I have do indicate that a switchback spur existed from the location known as Taylor to the Portland Independence Mill till 1930, possible this might be part of that; hence, I can't tell for sure at this moment in time [27.05.2017]. I am not even sure where Taylor is, if it is the location near M.T. Bull Hill yards at Victor Pass, or the old location below the Portland No. 1 mine, info is a little scarce for me, but I think it is the one on Victor Pass.
Media Info Last Updated:
12.05.2018 (09:06:49)
Title on Image:
Independence Mill [aka Portland Independence Mill]
Photographer [Date]:
Unknown
Description:
Dating this image of the Independence/Portland Independence Mill is not the easiest part, according to my husband the automobile seen is one from the 1920's due to its shape he said, and Sanborn 1919 map fits the railroad track quite well, so I would assume this is in middle to late 1920's. The track in the foreground still has trolley poles and hangers along the line, but the Golden Circle tracks is gone and only the roadbed is seen, with a switch from the High Line/Short Line roadbed up to a piece of the old Golden Circle roadbed, and then it will turn away to serve some part of the mill outside the view at left, according to the Sanborn map on Sheet 9 of the Victor 1919 set.
graphic for visual presentation of textThe Trolley system in the District suffered a major fire in the Cripple Creek barn in 1919 and closed its operation that year, but that do not mean all poles, wires etc., was removed at once, hence not that useful to date with. But, I also see that the High Line was abandon in 1923, making this possible to be around that time frame. Info I have do indicate that a switchback spur existed from the location known as Taylor to the Portland Independence Mill till 1930, possible this might be part of that; hence, I can't tell for sure at this moment in time [27.05.2017]. I am not even sure where Taylor is, if it is the location near M.T. Bull Hill yards at Victor Pass, or the old location below the Portland No. 1 mine, info is a little scarce for me, but I think it is the one on Victor Pass.
Image Note:
My Collection; Postcards.
Source, Printed Items (Found/Seen in/Known):
  • Postcard; Unknown Publisher; titled Mine Scene In Cripple Creek - Victor District - Published in ????.
Source, Internet (Found/Seen/Known):
Source ID, My Collection:
P-03197
Type/Category [Media ID]:
Photograph/Image [#190]
Shareable Link to Pic Info:
www.cripplecreekrailroads.com/01main/all_known_entities/pics_list-evry1_sort-newtop.php#190
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