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Victor Public Sampler [aka Rio Grande Sampler Victor]
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Info Last updated: 29.03.2024 (20:46:35)
While the card has a bad curve to it making it a little bit hard to scan as it will not lay flat, with the also issue of a somewhat faded look, I think I've been able to enhance it a little so one gets to see some of the upper details of the tower like structure of the Victor Sampler, here most likely known as the Rio Grande Sampler. View is from an undated view of lots of people gathering around a F. & C.C. passenger train, the roof of the depot can be seen along bottom left side of this view.
View is after the 1899 City fire as the shape of the Depot roof is from the second depot structure, but I see no signs to the Mary Cashen Mine crib-wall holding in their dumps, often seen in many Victor views so it can't be that far after the fire, maybe 1900 or possible a year or two later into the century, hard to tell for sure. 
The Mine seen in the background right, with its Head Frame towards the photographer, on the dump with a hoist house seen behind the headframe, 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.Victor Sampler, South Walls; Cropped From a Scene at the Victor F. & C.C. Depot Area with Passenger Train & Lot of People Around.
Photo by: Unknown
My Collection; Stereoviews, cropped & enhanced from a 1200dpi scan of the right-hand side of the card.
Media ID: 192
This panoramic view of the Rio Grande Sampler in Victor, by photographer A.J. Harlan, is quite nice to have access to as it tells a little about the lower railroad side of this structure that over the years had different names and owners, from its start as Victor Public Sampler sometime before the railroad came to town. The structures themselves was reported to have been lost in the 1899 Victor Fire so this view here is how it looked after it got rebuilt.
   Direction of this view is in a northwesterly direction, Battle Mountain is in background left, with its transition over to Squaw Mountain at the left-hand side. This Sampler was located just below the Midland Terminal yard in Victor and was served by dual gauge tracks as it served as a switchback entry down to the Strong Ore-house for the M.T. as well as one can see on the foreground dual-track it allowed the F. & C.C. access to the Sampler.
   I did procure the colored version of the image. Source was gray-toned, or in common speech black & white. Used an online service and tweaked and worked with image to get what looks best to my eyes for the moment.The Rio Grande Sampler in Victor
Photo by: Andrew James Harlan
My Collection; From page 104 in the 1903 New Year issue of Cripple Creek Times. I did procure the colored version of this image.
Media ID: 467
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Victor Townsite
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    Fate details:
    Sampler burned in the 1899 Victor fire but seems to have been rebuilt and lasted till around 1905 when it was closed it seems. Not found info about it direct as of yet [08.06.2017] though.
    Owned by:
    • Victor Ore Sampling Company
      -> 1898-xx-xx [reported as Owner]
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        This is a difficult Sampler to keep track of, as I seen it with several names, from Victor Public Sampler on some early Victor Views to just Victor Sampler in some pieces of text to also seen as Rio Grande Sampler in both tidbits of text and in advertisement from back in the days. With a Rio Grande Sampler, up in Cripple Creek town as well it makes it all extra confusing, as that as well had a different name beforeā€¦
        graphic for visual presentation of text I also think it might have been know under the name Victor Ore Sampling Company at one time.