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Tailings

The last tailings on a broken conveyor belt.

Big Room

300 tea lights illuminate what Greg Brick calls the Rotunda, under the brew house proper, which was part of Christopher Stahlmann’s natural cave.

Ghost Road III

Taconite Harbor’s main road, now overgrown and leading to nothing. Just asphalt between caved-in curbs.

Eureka Tram Cable-(C)SUSBTREET.org

A tram that once linked the Sunnyside Mine to the mill in Eureka has been reduced to a single cable. Nearby, an open adit drips water into a tributary of the Animas River.

Bricked Entrance

The right portal used to go straight into the basement of the hotel, judging from the ruins.

Gangway I

A rusting disconnect gangway. The smokestack is for a boiler, if I recall.

ADM-Delmar #1- Blockaded Door

The city has taken steps to prevent the curious and the desperate from going into the elevators, including piling rocks against the doors and windows.

St. Peter’s Migration

Between the ice chute and the back of the north section of the cellars, a little pillar shows where a room used to be. The ceiling’s disintegration has since filled the space, which seems to be the last point of expansion in the cave–this was last carved in the mid-1840s.

Hubert Mine, Nevadaville

The ruins of the the Hubert Mine over the ruins of Nevadaville. Its ore was taken through the town to a mill below it.

Solvay Footsie

Taken in a closet in the middle of the demolished coke ovens. No doubt, these charts were for equipment in the ovens.

Gold Collar Mine

Below Grand Army Mine is Gold Collar. A ‘collar’ is the braced section around the portal of a mine shaft.

Blue Wall

After climbing the elevator shaft to the illusive second level, a new pallet of colors were revealed.

Headroom

The rumors were true. Success is sweet.

Water Bowl

The people that stayed here carved bowls from the mesa itself to collect water.

Ice Chute Lights

Although the caves deviated little in their year-round temperature, it was common to use blocks of ice to cool beer immediately before shipment. This is the ruins of the ice chute.

West Portal, July

The west portal of the tunnel is open, and if it wasn’t for the rough track, I would think by looking at it that a train could be coasting up behind me any moment. Mamiya 6/Portra 160

Chester Creek Infall

Chester Creek Infall, near Duluth’s old Armory. The creek will not emerge again until it is near the Lakewalk.

Tailings Boom I

Like a railgun pointed at the Rockies… the boom would direct tailings–junk rock–outside of the dredge pond.

Melchoir’s Tunnel

A tunnel connecting the two larger caves in the hill; those that Jacob vented in the rear. The vents are still extant!

Cutoff Ranch

An abandoned ranch on the east side of the tracks. This was not the Colmor Cutoff they were waiting for.

Careful!

Will coming down “Darwin’s Ladder”.

Ice in the Tunnel

Freezing groundwater in the drain has created this ice wall in Buckingham Creek Drain, which is nearly all blasted natural stone. Lit with several LED panels. It was a cold night.

Placer Pacer

The tailings boom is the first and last thing you see when approaching the mountaintop shipwreck.

Pilothouse

The dredge is divided into four levels. The top level has controls for the tailings boom and, when it was there, the bucket excavator.

Hard Rock Hopper

Looking into the mouth of the hopper which mine carts dumped into at the top of the Concentrator.

Eagle Mills

Looking across the whole milling operation from its dedicated powerhouse stretching across Eagle River.