The spiral staircase ends in the basement, where two oil tanks (for the lantern) and a freshwater tank (for the Keeper) were stored. The basement consists of two long arched vaults like this.
This ruin was once the Toltec Mine, a producing gold and silver claim that operated into the 1940s.
“M.H. ’56; Al Malmsten ’44”. Brick Graffiti Series.
At Treasure Mountain mine. This collapsed building was likely the 1937 Compressor House, which pushed compressed air and water into the Sanitago Tunnel in the time it was producing.
A staircase threads between the top floor and the sluices, which are in the middle of the dredge-mill.
This tree caught my eye. Note the bench swing near it. Portra 160.
As the Barker steamed past the dock and island, the sunset casts the shadow of the Taconite Harbor receiving trestle on the boat. Through the fog, you can see some of the islands that were joined into a breakwater.
Looking across the catwalk attache to the elevated control room, in charge of the train dumping part of the operation.
Near Howardsville, Colorado, the Animas River gets quite wide. This is near the Little Nation Mill, which is worth a stop if you’re traveling north from SIlverton. It’s also near the former Gold King Mine, which “blew” in 2015 and flooded the Animas River with toxic mine water.